Pardew – Another 4 or 5 Wins Could See Newcastle Qualify For Europe

We suggested this morning that around 16 points in the last 10 games, which would take the lads onto 60 points for the season, would probably be enough to secure a Europa League position for next season.

Alan Pardew – four or five wins should do it

And today Alan Pardew has said that he thinks that four or five wins (12 to 15 points) would be enough to see Newcastle qualify for Europe, but certainly it would take a miracle to qualify for a Champions League position and 4th place in the league table.

That essentially went up in smoke when we failed to take all 3 points against Arsenal last Monday night, and now the London side are 8 points ahead of us in 4th place.

This is what Alan Pardew said:

“We don’t want to slip. We are saying we are going to push for Europe now and let our fans know we are going to try to push for it.”

“We are going to need four or five wins and if we don’t beat Norwich, that’s going to look difficult in nine games, because that means the task will be that much harder.”

“But if we win, then can we win three or four of our next nine? I think we can, and that would put us in with a great chance of Europe, so it’s a very important game.”

“It’s tough to get into Europe. You have got a team with the finance and quality of Liverpool who could run us down.”  “We will have to hold our hands up if that happens, but we are going to give them a good fight for their money.”

“We are definitely focusing on Europe now, make no mistake about that, we have got ourselves into that position.”  “But Alex Ferguson will tell you the last 10 games are the most important ones and we are in them now, so we will see how we get on.”

Newcastle have had just two home draws, against Wolves and Sunderland, in their last four league games,  losing the other two in London to Spurs and Arsenal, both of whom are above Newcastle in the league table.

Papiss Cisse was on the bench at the Emirates Stadium on Monday night, but we think he will get a start on Sunday at home against Norwich City, and he’s in the process of adjusting to the speed and physical nature of the English Premier League.

But Newcastle will almost certainly play in a 4-4-2 formation on Sunday afternoon, and attack Norwich, although there are doubts about stalwarts  Ryan Taylor and Cheick Tiote,  who could both miss out through injury.

3 points on Sunday is what we are hoping for,  and that will put Newcastle on 47 points for the season – not too bad at all after 29 games played.

Comments welcome.

13 comments so far

  • Tsunki

    Mar 17, 2012 at 12:02 AM

    Comment #1

    1st. Goodnight

  • Matty@NUFC

    Mar 17, 2012 at 12:18 AM

    Comment #2


    Hope we will bounce back from the unlucky defeat on Monday night, with a good win come Sunday, hope Pardew keeps a similar squad just swapping Obertan for Cisse, so back to 442 or 433

  • Toon Tang

    Mar 17, 2012 at 12:43 AM

    Comment #3

    gutted matty. happened to me once mate. i didnt go out of my house for a week after it happened.

    anyways, seems like weve been stuck on 44 points for an age. need to start picking up some points. weve got a couple of filthy clubs up our ring pieces.

  • Pardew's fist pump

    Mar 17, 2012 at 1:16 AM

    Comment #4

    Geordie Shore. |How can you let this happen?

  • LewSpi

    Mar 17, 2012 at 4:34 AM

    Comment #5

    I hope Cheick is fit. Guthrie and Cabaye simply do not play well together, not without Cheick there to reinforce.

  • New kingdom United

    Mar 17, 2012 at 6:10 AM

    Comment #6

    I hope Cabaye is taken off at half time if he doesn’t perform. then put in Guthrie. If attack doesn’t work attack some more…. AP heaven knows Plan B.

  • jesperfuglsang

    Mar 17, 2012 at 7:43 AM

    Comment #7

    Ed, I really don’t hope we are going to revamp back to 4-4-2. Not if we are serious about Europe.

    I like Pardew, but if he is under any pessure of any kind surely he won’t make the silly mistake once again?

    I hope for a 4-3-3 on Sunday 🙂


  • gaz 44

    Mar 17, 2012 at 7:56 AM

    Comment #8

    playing 4-3-3 would mean putting out top scorer more out to the left.. not a great idea.. giving the full backs of Simpson and santon or raylor no cover in front of them which they desperately need so all these demanding 4-3-3.. probably best to go back to champ manager.. pards knows his best team.. he chose the team that did so well at the start of the year.. the reason we are tailing off a little is because cabaye has hit a bit of a tough patch.. ba isn’t firing on all cylinders we lost Steven Taylor and add to that we have a small squad …he’s done a great Jove

  • jesperfuglsang

    Mar 17, 2012 at 8:03 AM

    Comment #9

    gaz, that is your truth, but if you want to participate to a public forum you should learn to listen to others truth.

    You come of quite arrogant and out of tune with reality mate 😉

  • gaz 44

    Mar 17, 2012 at 8:10 AM

    Comment #10

    i do try.. but with the defence been weak especially in the full back areas we need to stop norwich crossing.. for me it has to be 4-4-1-1 wi benny behind ba and raylor on right or 4-4-2 wi benny on right and ba and cisse up top.. would like to see a return to form for cabaye over next few games he was our best player for first 15games if you take away ba

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 17, 2012 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #11

    When I lost a year and a half of my life playing FM,I had great success playing a 4-3-3 with one DM two wingers and three strikers,in the real world that formation would see you losing by a hefty score every game,thats why picking the team is left down to people with the appropiate qualifications.

  • ash-out

    Mar 17, 2012 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #12

    @jesper fulsang – surely the whole point of entering a public forum is to add your own views rather than subscribe to a majority view.
    Calling some one out of tune and arrogant because their view differs from yours? Think you are out of line on this one.

  • jesperfuglsang

    Mar 17, 2012 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #13

    ash-out, when I am being toll to go back to champ manager and leave player selection to some one who knows better, then surely my comment is in its place.

    Or you don’t think so?


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