Things Are Still Looking Good For Newcastle

It’s not too surprising that both Yohan Cabaye and Cheick Tiote were not at their best on Saturday against Wolves.

Papiss Cisse – scores again after only 6 minutes

If they had been then perhaps Newcastle could have pushed on in that second half,  and easily nailed down all 3 points, but we let Wolves back into the game with two sloppy goals.

But the more our top side, which is what we had out on Saturday, play together,  hopefully the better the team will become,  and we can then  match the excellent form we have seen earlier in the season from this Newcastle team.

We still have Sunderland, Norwich, Liverpool, Bolton, Stoke and Manchester City to play at St. James’ Park this season, and most of those game should be winnable – if we play near our best.

But of course on paper we should have rather easily picked up all 3 points on Saturday, but we didn’t, and hopefully the lads will learn from the game,  and come back much stronger against Sunderland, in the noon-time kick-off game next Sunday.

Alan Pardew talked today about Cheick Tiote and Yohan Cabaye:

“They will be much better for this,” “You’ve got to understand that this is the Premier League, it’s a different level to the Africa Cup of Nations for Cheick, and Cabaye has been out for three weeks.”

“We need both of them because they are top players, we know that. They have been brilliant against three midfield players in the past, but in this game I thought they got bossed a bit.”

“I think there were a few after-effects from the Spurs game,”  “I would have liked our two full-backs to have joined in a bit more when they were in their own half.”

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

Newcastle were wary of being caught short at the back,  like we were in that opening half against Spurs over two weeks ago, but the lads probably over compensated.

But Spurs themselves took a five goal thrashing yesterday afternoon from Arsenal, after they had been 2-0 up just 6 minutes before the half time break.

But three Arsenal goals in 12 minutes turned the game on its head,  and then Theo Walcott scored two excellent opportunist goals and Arsenal deserved the resounding win.

And it was good for Arsenal beleaguered manager Arsene Wenger who gets unbelievable criticism from the English press,  although since taking over Arsenal in October 1996,  he has always had them in the top four, and has a win rate of 56% and a loss rate of only 24%.

Arsenal are now in 4th position above Chelsea because of more goals scored, since their goal differences of  +16 are identical.

But that put Arsenal and Chelsea a full 3 points above Newcastle, who have 43 points from 26 games, and of course our goal difference is much inferior.

The home game against Liverpool will be vital,  since they are the main challengers to us for 6th place in the league, and certainly a win against them on April Fool’s day will cement our position of  6th top – assuming we do well before that game.

The game against Liverpool is a Sunday game,  with a 1:30 pm kick-off, and that could be some game, but none are bigger than our next game against Sunderland this Sunday.

A win in that game in imperative.

Comments welcome.

8 comments so far

  • spitfire_

    Feb 27, 2012 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #1

    It will looking good for a lil bit more. WBA, Swansea, Chelsea, Arsenal away and Man City and Liverpool at home. Those games again with the same shite tactics and the things will not be so perfect… And Williamson and Simpson of course.

  • jayphoto

    Feb 27, 2012 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #2

    bit much to ask that we finish higher than an arsenal or chelsea in only our 2nd season back in the top flight but I think we can finish above liverpool! 6th place and Europa league would be far more than any1 dared predict in august! Make us a more attractive team for players in the summer too! I think slowly, as the old players leave – smith, lovenkrands etc and the team gets more filled with graham carr scouted players, we just look stronger and stronger

  • jayphoto

    Feb 27, 2012 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #3

    Really hope they work on tim kruls distribution! Everytime, he just hoofs with no direction! I remember when keegan was manager, our goal keeper and defense never hoofed it to nobody, was always played from the back! Collocini and santon are good enough to do that! Willo, Simmo, Ryan Taylor and i hate to say it, Cabaye take the option of banging it upto Ba far too much! Not a Ben Arfa fan, or particularly a guthrie fan but when they come on we play it on the floor!

  • martoon

    Feb 27, 2012 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #4

    Reposting this from last blog as Ed produced a new one just as I posted 🙂
    I’ve had a couple of days now to reflect on the game on Saturday and while I’m still bitterly disappointed you have to give credit to Wolves. To be fair to Pardew he did try and change shape & tactics etc. with substitutions etc. but it just wasn’t to be. No doubt Pardew was heavily criticised for his substitutions but it doesn’t always work out. Look at Spurs on Sunday; Redknapp tried to change shape etc at half time and they got murdered 2nd half and he is being touted for the England job!
    I agree with others it is maybe time to give HBA a run in the team – especially home games. I’m not sure what the answer is to sort out the defense?

  • ParisToon

    Feb 27, 2012 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #5

    OK on a lighter note from the disappointment on Sat, I watched the match live on a feed from StarTV(India I think) and the commentator Tony? and his sidekick Andy? kept referring to SJP as ‘First Direct Arena’ which at first thought it was a slip but after 6 or 7 times it was bloody deliberate, well in my son!

  • SurefootedShola

    Feb 27, 2012 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #6


    If you’re up and reading. Opinions can’t be incorrect. Where were you schooled? Ignoramus Academy?


    Feb 27, 2012 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #7

    The whole situation may look okay now!

    But! If we play many more games like we did against Wolves and Totenham in the last few weeks we will drop like a stone down the table!

    We need to strengthen in the summer months but a top ten finnish is increasingly more becoming likely tha a top six placing at the end!
    For a lot on here that will be a disappointment! And the word “Mediocraty “! was screamed at me yesterday! in response to my Pessimism! For me i would never settle for mediocrity but was just being Realistic!

    The African Nations Cup has screwed us this year big time plus a dodgy three game ban for Cabaye against Brighton in the FA Cup a month ago! There have been two games in the last few weeks where we have just stopped playing in the second half after having a lead going into the pause at half-time. The first was at Fulham!
    And the second was last Saturday!If Pardew was going to use his subs then he should of done that at half time and with a 3-0 scoreline and not ten min into the second half at 2-0, with a dead ball situation! A Major Major mistake by Pardew! This is not the first time this term i have questioned Pardew,s tactics, although i still find him a good trainer!

  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 27, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #8

    do we get europa league for 6th place?

    We can rule out a fair play league place as we are bottom !! Nice one Pardew


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