Newcastle Could End Up With Best Points Total Since 20003

West Brom were the better side when they beat us 3-2 at St. James’ Park on  Wednesday night, 21st December.

The great Bobby Robson has us 3rd with 69 points in 2003

And it was the pace of Shane Long that caused Newcastle loads of trouble, in addition to West Brom’s quick breakaways, so hopefully the lads will have learned from that experience.

West Brom were 1-0 and 2-1 up in that game and even though Demba  Ba equalized in the 81st minute Paul Scharner scored their winner after 86 minutes and the Newcastle defending that day was not good.

The back four in that game was Danny Simpson, James Perch, Fabricio Coloccini (c) and Davide Santon, with Mike Williamson still out injured and Ryan Taylor replaced Santon at the beginning of the second half.

With Mike back in at center-back and Cheick Tiote likely to return, it’s likely that James Perch will be preferred to Davide Santon at left back, after James was the Man of the Match for Newcastle in central midfield last Sunday against Norwich.

Alan Pardew is looking for at least four more wins in our remaining 9 league games, and that would take Newcastle up to 59 points, even if we lose the other five games.

And that would be the best we’ve done since Bobby Robson led Newcastle to 3rd place in the league in 2003 with a massive 69 points, behind only Arsenal on 78 points and Manchester United on 83 points.

Bobby got 56 points in the 2003-2004 season before being sacked by then Chairman Freddy Shepherd, and Glenn Roeder led us to 58 points to finish 7th in 2006 and qualify for European competition.

Demba Ba will hopefully get back on the scoring trail on Sunday, and he had this to say about the West Brom game today:

“We’re just looking for three points and we’re going to go to West Brom believing we can get them,” 

“It’s going to be very hard because we saw earlier in the season that it was a tough game and we can’t just expect to come out with the three points.”

“Yes, Europe is still achievable, we’ve got to stay focused like we have been the whole season and we’ll do everything to achieve it.”

“If we don’t then we’ll be happy because at the start of the season we just wanted to be in the top half of the table. But if we can get into Europe it would be fantastic.”

It’s simple what Newcastle have to do through the end of the season – and that’s to prepare for each of the remaining 9 games, and try to win just as many as possible.

The win against Norwich City was massive on Sunday, and the losses by both Chelsea and Liverpool showed just how important those 3 points were.

Comments welcome.

22 comments so far

  • Colo-Sus

    Mar 22, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #1

    The more I think about it I could see Prds playing soething like this on Sunday:



    Are the names/places that would be up for contention a few possible scenarios really

  • MonsterMagnet

    Mar 22, 2012 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #2

    That’s exactly the team I’d like to see – let’s go and attack WBA.

  • martoon

    Mar 22, 2012 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #3

    Colo-Sus @1 As I said I don’t think Pardew will play both Dembas – I think he might sacrifice one and use two holding midfield players and reward Perch and play him alongside Tiote.

  • LGFUAD21

    Mar 22, 2012 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #4


    I though Jonas had a great game at wing-back against Norwich.

    Honestly though he would get MOTM. Definitely one of his better games for us this season.

    In regards to the article. West Brom took avantage of something many teams have this season. Our high line meaning we can quite easil be caught on the break.

    Norwich did it a few times too.

    We need to adopt KK’s mentality a bit more ‘score more goals than the opposition’

    We play very Italian without the lvoely passing. Score 1, defend

  • AaranPD

    Mar 22, 2012 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #5

    I would swap Perch for Guthrie or Gosling leaving Tiote as the anchorman in midfield allowing Cabaye or Guthrie/Gosling the freedom to attack. Perch should be brought on later to secure the win.

  • martoon

    Mar 22, 2012 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #6

    So I think I’m saying:-


  • Colo-Sus

    Mar 22, 2012 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #7


    There is certainly merit to that team mate, My only problem is that Cisse was outstanding last weekend, and Pardew cannot justify dropping him really.I cant see it happening

  • LGFUAD21

    Mar 22, 2012 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #8

    I think the same formation as Norwich but with Perch & Tiote in will allow us to attack the sh!t out of WBA.

    If Pardew cannot trust the defense then he must place a midfield that allows the likes of HBA, Jonas, Ba and Cisse to attack like hell.

    I watch the Wigan WBA game and WBA did not look great at all. I know it was away and we they are on their home turf this time but they only had 2 attempts on target. Wigan wouldve pwnd them if they could score, they were wastefull in front of goal.

    Tiote and Perch close players down, which the rest of the team dont do nearly enough.


    For me.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 22, 2012 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #9

    From previous thread,I hope Caroll doesn’t get booed because nobody knows the exact circumstances of his leaving,he’s never bad mouthed the club or given any indication he’s glad he left,on the other hand I hope that Jose gets that type of reception normally reserved for ex mackems and Micheal Owen,he strung us along he openly criticised us on twitter,and generally let it be known that he was going once the gates of SJP shut for pre season,and as for staying with us in the Championship probably had a lot to do with the clause free contract he was signed into,no I hope he gets sent off after conceding a penalty to a chorus of abuse !

  • LGFUAD21

    Mar 22, 2012 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #10

    People can talk about Enrique staying with us in CHamp all they want. But did anybody come in for him?

    Im over Carroll. Kinda beginnign to think he didnt want to go and that is why he has been rubbish at Liverpool. But the money was stupid we had to take it.

    As for Enrique, he can go f**k himself. Even recently he puts comments into his interviews aimed at us or backhanded. He jumped on the Liverpool bandwagon, just like all those Journos saying they were likely to finish top 4 possibly even 2nd or 3rd (Yes i once read 2nd)

    Ive onyl seen one journo that called Liverpool and that was some guy for the Independent I think, who wouldnt believe the hype, said the Dogleash factor had now worn off etc.

    The same guy also said Toon would probably finish top half of the table 7-10th when most were saying relegation battle or 17th

  • martoon

    Mar 22, 2012 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #11

    JFA @9 Point taken – I have a horrible feeling big Andy will get booed just the same.
    LGFUAD21 @8 I think I like your better than my own 🙂

  • LGFUAD21

    Mar 22, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #12

    Enrique has probably actually harmed his chances of getting anywhere near the Spanish squad also.

    Had he stayed and we had been this successful, there would arguably be more interest in who we have playing, especially given the amount of new signings from the continent.

    Really hope we can pull off some great signings in the summer, and after a good pre-season we can come back stronger next season. Convert some of those draws into wins

  • sirtoongospel

    Mar 22, 2012 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #13

    Jail For Ashley, i completely agree with every word of that. Carroll has put our club in a position of financial strength, and we are a batter team. He never once attacked the club or anything like that, and he is back up here any chance he gets.

    Enrique however, is an un grateful little runt. He was on top money here and chose to pulically slaughter us. “Never again will NUFC compete in the top 6 of the Premier League with this lack of ambition”.

    Unlucky Jose. And, as good as he is, I always said he couldn’t even stand on his right foot, never mind kick with it, and last night was a superb example. An 8 year old could have defended that easily.

    NUFC gets stronger on and off the pitch. Owner and staff seem to be learning lessons and it’s a happy place to be. Nolan, Enrique, Carroll, Barton all below us and looking up at NUFC.

    F*** the lot of them.

  • Brutooon

    Mar 22, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #14

    Ed type 20003 instead of 2003

  • lesh

    Mar 22, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #15

    An Everton fan being interviewed this morning said in his best scouse accent:

    “Dey’ve [Liverpool] gorra face facts, derra mid table side like we are – dey’ve just gorra get used to it”

    Luv it!!

  • lesh

    Mar 22, 2012 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #16

    C’mon Brutoon @14, wake up…… the future is the past and the past is the present!

  • lewytoon

    Mar 22, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #17

    i want santon to play rb because as we saw eh immediately bombed down the wing and crossed it in against norwich on sunday, simpson doesnt offer that because hes crap. play fergie lb who is also quite attackign and the team would also be more balanced. it seems ferguson hasnt had a look in for some reason.

    in the summer i hope we sign corgent, hoilet, douglas, pieters and rhodes.

    play 4-3-3 with cabaye tiote corgent across the middle witht he back four being santon – colo – saylor and pieters.

  • LooneyToon41

    Mar 22, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #18

    I just don’t get this clamour to drop Simpson. Until Saylor got injured, our defence was excellent with Raylor playing left back. Mixing and switching defenders around is a notoriously bad idea in the Premier League.

    I’d go with the team Martoon posted above.

  • IrishToon009

    Mar 22, 2012 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #19

    I think dropping Simpson is crazy! He has started every game of what has been a great season so far so he has obviously been solid enough. Its great to have a player that starts every game, especially in defense, the more consistent you have the back 5 the better

  • Steve_48

    Mar 22, 2012 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #20


  • LooneyToon41

    Mar 22, 2012 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #21

    @IrishToon009. Absolutely spot on mate. I couldn’t have put it better.

  • CAToon

    Mar 22, 2012 at 10:21 PM

    Comment #22

    Just finished reading some Liverpool blog posts. Interesting how fans expected the club to finish at least 3rd or 4th based on the amount of money they spent.

    As NUFC has learned and now demonstrated – money does not always equate to victory. Team chemistry and an ability to work as one is more valuable. Hats off to the club and its fans for supporting this new approach to football.


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