Europa League Still A Decent Possibility For Newcastle

We’ll see the build up this week to the derby game against Sunderland on Sunday,  as players come out and tell their fans they will win the game for them.

Jonas Gutierrez – after scoring great goal on Saturday

My Dad’s a better fighter than yours,  and all that good bravado stuff will be coming out this week, and it’s already started with Newcatsle’s Jonas Gutierrez.

But to be fair to Jonas his comments on the game are sensible, and he says the players want to win it, and that’s now even more important now after we lost two points against Wolves on Saturday.

That was a game we really expected to win with our best side on the field, but it didn’t happen,  and maybe we were just a little rusty,  as Alan Pardew suggested immediately after the game – and he could be right.

This is what Jonas said about the upcoming Sunderland game:

“We know the next game is the game that all the Geordies want to win,” “It’s the game that all the players want to be involved in.”

“I can’t wait to get started because I have played in these games before and know what they are like.” “I am sure Sunderland will want to get some revenge for what happened at the start of the season.”

“They will want to come here and get something. It is going to be a hard game because they have a good squad and they seem to have been on a really good run since they changed their manager.”

“They have taken a lot of points and it is going to be a difficult game. But we believe in ourselves and we are desperate to take the three points.”

“People have been talking about possibly getting back into the top four, but we are not thinking about that. We know we are in a good position and that we have a few matches coming up at home that we should be targeting to win.

“But this game proved how difficult every match in the Premier League is.” “Are we also thinking about fourth place? No, I don’t think the team think about that.”

“They think about the next game and about sticking together and helping each other out.” “We’re disappointed with the final result. We didn’t start the second half very well at all and when you make that type of mistake at this level, that is what happens.”

“Things like this sometimes happen. I don’t think we thought the game was won or anything like that, I just think that for whatever reason we didn’t start the second half like we started the first.”

Talk about Newcastle finishing in a top four position may be unrealistic, but we have a decent chance of making it in the top six and depending on which side wins the FA Cup could see 6th place get entry into the Europa League for next season.

If a side above us in the league wins the FA Cup then 6th place will give us entry into the Europa League for next season, as we explained earlier today.

Whether we can do that or not, it’s still important to get as many points as we can in the season, and we are now just 3 points short of our overall total of 46 points from last year.

And we suppose the points total is a better measure of how we are doing, rather than the position in the league table.

There’s no doubt it would be fantastic if Newcastle can get into the Europa League for next season, but it will not be easy.

A win on Sunday against Sunderland will of course help us towards that target – big time.

Howay The Lads!!

9 comments so far

  • ilovetoon8788

    Feb 27, 2012 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #1

    as far as i’m concern, we are long long away from Europa. At least a couple of years away. Right now, NO. Quite a few championship standard players have to make way and it won’t happen so soon because we still need depth. Need atleast 2-3 years to ship them out slowly. In terms of footballing wise as well. mediocre teams dominate us frequently. Europa and we might embarass ourselves.

  • ilovetoon8788

    Feb 27, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #2

    quote from recent Pardew interview

    “We were bombing forward at Spurs, leaving ourselves exposed and probably did the opposite here. But they are things we can adjust this week.”

    we were bombing forward at Spurs? maybe he was playing FIFA 12 and got confused.


    Feb 27, 2012 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #3

    If Pardew uses the same tactics against the Mackems as he did last Saturday against the Wolves we won,t stand a chance!

    O,neil is a way way better coach tha Bruce is or ever will be! And the Mackems are in the Ascendency having beaten the Gooners in the F.A. cup the other week!

    I fear the worst after taking into account Saturday,s performance at Home!

  • martoon

    Feb 27, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #4

    Anybody see Pardew on MOTD2 last night. I noticed he made a veiled comment about the chairman not wanting to buy players over 30 which seemed to indicate that he did not necessarily agree with this poilicy. What did you think?

  • ArtyH

    Feb 27, 2012 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #5

    Seems to me we have hit a huge stumbling block in recent weeks. The game play on Saturday was very poor, it looked like Wolves were the home team and we were second to the ball AGAIN most occasions. What is the problem is it zonal marking, tactics, over confidence due to league position or just the opposite a lack of belief? Either which way we are not ready for any European competition IMHO.


    Feb 27, 2012 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #6

    It is extremely difficult to ascertain what the problem is! Pardews tactics on Sat did,nt help but his team talk on saturday would be another puzzle!

    He might of said something like: “Well played lads, the points are already won! Stop with the attacking Footy and sit and hope that Wolves do cock-all before the end”!

    Then he throws on two subs just before an Attacking style free kick from the opposition? And Cisse off two! Can,t understand his thinking! There are certain times in a game when you never use your subs! One is just before a free kick in front of goal and another is just before a corner!

    It is clear to me that Tiote has lost some of his match fittness during his African stint and Ba was,nt as sharp as i,ve seen him since he came back either!

    We are not ready for Europe at all on the strength of our games against the Spuds and the Wolves!
    I will say one thing too! was,nt the Newcastle crowd still ! Hope they wake up during the Derby next week!

  • Crawfordladd17

    Feb 27, 2012 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #7

    I think we will we just need to buy good in the summer do the same as we did in the summer but add another 1 or 2 extra quality players.
    Like players in the league Cabaye Ba Santon Cisse and potentionaly Abeid and Marveaux.
    Which is 6 top players we need 8 top players.
    I look at 2 top centre backs left back right winger, then good back up centre midfielder a young potentionally good striker and a good striker already.A good back up keeper
    I think we will looking at Pillot from Nancy i would say £1m
    I would buy M’Bwia for around £5m and Douglas on a free.
    Cissokho for £6.5m from Lyon
    Boudebouz for around £5m
    Amalfitano on a free
    Rodiquez from Burnley for £3m
    Mayuka for £2m
    That is 22.5m

  • Crawfordladd17

    Feb 27, 2012 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #8

    Oops miscounted only 17.5m

  • arctoa

    Feb 28, 2012 at 12:43 AM

    Comment #9

    Cisse took a knock, that’s why he went off. A few other players are carrying injuries too, they wouldn’t be playing if we had a bigger squad. We always knew we would eventually be brought back down to earth due to the lack of bodies in the squad, and this is how it happens.

    By the same token, getting into Europe next season will be suicide with the size of squad that we currently possess. Heavy investment would be needed and, to be blunt, the Europa League isn’t worth that sort of commitment any more. It’s been devalued in recent seasons (mostly thanks to money distribution and our old friend the media) and with Champions League dropouts entering it we don’t stand a chance of winning it anyway.

    On a similar subject, what would you people say if I were to suggest that the winner of the FA Cup should get the last Champions League spot instead of the 4th place finisher? I’d rather see the winner of the oldest football competition in the world given a spot than a team that doesn’t even finish in the podium positions in the league! It’d give the FA Cup some of its prestige back while not actually rocking the boat that much, as regularly the FA Cup winner is one of the top-4 finishers in the league anyway.

    It’ll never come to pass with such anti-British folks in charge at UEFA and paranoid chairmen running the Premier League, but it’s a nice thought.


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