Newcastle have taken just 2 points from their last three games, two of which have been at home against sides lower in the Premier League than the Magpies.
Tim Krul – in action against Sunderland
And certainly that form will need to improve if Newcastle are to remain in the top six, and possibly qualify for the Europa League next season.
Tim Krul signed a new five year deal last Saturday, and he saved Newcastle in the second half in Sunday’s derby game with Sunderland, with an absolutely brilliant double save, and that was just a couple of minutes before Sessegnon was sent off for stupidly elbowing Cheick Tiote.
And Tim thinks that teams like Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea will be taking the Newcastle threat seriously:
“I think if teams like Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal watched the Sunderland game and saw the atmosphere, the fans and the commitment we showed, they will have to be afraid of us this season.”
“We are just behind Chelsea and yes, of course their manager sacking will increase the pressure on them. You never want your manager to be sacked, but we’re looking at ourselves.”
“There’s 11 games to go and it will be a really hard away game next week at Arsenal. But I think we’ve got a massive chance.” “We’re up there and we have to believe now.”
Newcastle haven’t won in their last three games, and it will be difficult to win at the Emirates in the next game too, but Newcastle played as well as they have since the Manchester United game in that second half on Sunday.
And that will bring hope to the Newcastle fans, who are desperate for the team to get back to their winning ways and get back into Europe.
Alan Pardew has said that most important games of the season for the Magpies are the final 11 games, and that starts at Arsenal next Monday night:
“We have a great chance of European football.” “The 11 games to go are the most important of every season. I am glad the derby is out the way and we can concentrate and get the wins we need.”
That has to be the rallying cry for Newcastle from now on – that a Europa League place next season is within the team’s grasp – but the lads have to start to play consistent and good football again.
They showed they can do that with the disciplined and skillful display they gave in the second half on Sunday, and we hope to see more of that in the vital games ahead.
Howay The Lads!!