Newcastle Focused – Now Looking To Catch Chelsea

Newcastle meet West Brom at The Hawthorns tomorrow, and a win in that game could see Newcastle move to  5th place in the Premier League.

Alan Pardew – tries to focus his players

A 5th place in the league is important of course because it  absolutely  guarantees a Europa League position.

With Chelsea’s loss to Manchester City last week,  Newcastle have gained 3 points on the London side in the last round of games,  and could even overtake them this weekend.

Alan considers the final 6 games of the season to be the real run-in, and he is keen to pick up as many points as possible in the three games before that – at West Brom,  at home to Liverpool and at Swansea on the road.

Those are all tough games and Pardew explained his focus:

“My focus is to ensure the  players are focused because we still have three games in what I call the tunnel,”

“Before we get to the last six games you can see the finishing line, you can see a goal, you can see a European place or safety or survival. In this period of games, as a manager I really have to focus my team.

“If we can get one win and something from the other two, or get a couple of wins, we are really well set for the last six. If we do it and qualify for Europe, it’s not just a great reward for the players but it will help attract players.”

Those are the tough games coming up, but of course those are also the games that Newcastle have to do well in, to ensure a high position in the league come mid-May.

Alan explains that last season the targets set by the club were not too high in our first season back, but things are starting to ramp up:

“Last summer was a rebuild job,” “We did not make the mistake of setting our ambitions or goals too high. I think players look at you and if they raise their eyebrow, you might be lying to them for the rest of the season.”

“So we were very realistic in our talks about our aims” “We said we were going to attack the top ten and hopefully get a top-ten finish. With nine games to go we have 47 points, one more than last year which would have given us a top-ten finish.”

“So the players have stepped up to the plate and now it is a question of where are we going to finish.” “We are not looking at Liverpool, we are focusing more on the gap between us and Chelsea.”

“What has been a success for us has been focusing on the next game and the next game is a tough one, a really tough one, West Bromwich Albion away on a Sunday afternoon. Our focus is on that.”

“When I look at their squad, they are very definitely a top-eight or nine team, You have got to have a little bit of luck with injury but when they have all their best players available, which they will have against us, they are a very strong side.”

It’s a tough game tomorrow, and we hope that Newcastle can play somehow near their best form.

The proof of the pudding is in the eating, and how Newcastle do in these last 9  games of the season will decide where we finish in the league table.

If Newcastle finish high enough  in the league to qualify for the Europa league that would be just fantastic.

And in that case we would  expect Newcastle would bring in even more players over the summer months,  to both strengthen and increase the size of the squad.

It all sounds very good to us.

Comments welcome.

15 comments so far

  • Rowan Milsted

    Mar 24, 2012 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #1

    If we could pip Chelski and Liverpool this season… wow.

  • pbNcl

    Mar 24, 2012 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #2

    Very tough game. The old cliche is true, these are cup finals

  • check the toastie

    Mar 24, 2012 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #3

    lets hope its not another ‘we just werent quite at our best’ speech again 2moro, as it has been quite a while since we put a decent performance together. Getting a bit sick of hearing about how well other teams do against us.

  • check the toastie

    Mar 24, 2012 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #4

    Its about time we imposed ourselves on some of the dross in this league (West brom) included. I fear Pardew is just trying to ride our luck until the end of the season, cross his fingers and hope Krul saves us in a few more games, we have the squad to attack, its now the time to do it.

    If Tiote fails his fitness test and Perch plays CM we will get beat, Fact.

  • ochytoon

    Mar 24, 2012 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #5

    Do we actually ever play on a Saturday at 3 o’clock anymore? I can’t remember the last game that wasn’t an evening kick off, on a Sunday or a midweek game.

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Mar 24, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #6

    All we’ve heard this season from that bell end lawwro is how well liverpool have been playing and how nufc are punching above tgere wieght and playing badly, if thats the case liverpool must sh1tting bricks about us signing those 3-4 players in the summer to complete our first team overhaul

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 24, 2012 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #7

    Could anybody who has the time and patience check out how many games Pards has said we weren’t at our best today in his post match interviews,it would be interesting.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 24, 2012 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #8

    SKY have to pay an additional fee to clubs on TV ,Ashley must have undercut all his competitors and reduced our fee.

  • alip123

    Mar 24, 2012 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #9

    Last 3PM kick off was when we drew with Wolves – before that it was defeat at Fulham and before that it was when we drew with Swansea

  • philippealbert

    Mar 24, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #10

    Good job it’s not a 3pm kick-off then, isn’t it?

  • Graeme

    Mar 24, 2012 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #11

    If we get a draw tomorrow, I expect us to beat the bindippers at home; if we win tomorrow then 9 points from 3 games is one hell of a start.

    I think if we beat liverfool, we create an Eight Point gap on them which I just cant see them closing in the games left!!

    Just need Spuds to whoop-ass over chelski and its a hell of a start to the weekend lol

  • jb in america

    Mar 24, 2012 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #12

    will newcastle have to finish 5th in order to qualify for europa league? or is there a way they can finish 6th and still get into Europe?

  • geordiejamie89

    Mar 24, 2012 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #13

    Only 16 goals needed i think to go ahead of Chelsea. . . .

  • geordiejamie89

    Mar 24, 2012 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #14

    A rare game I’d like to see Scumderland get something out of. I’d love QPR to go down then plenty players move in the summer. And Liverfool drawing good news, Wigan to go ahead would be even better news. Some good results so far, lets keep it up then put in a good performance tomorrow to capitalise and put us behind Chelsea on goal difference HWTL.

  • tooninspain

    Mar 24, 2012 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #15

    Jail for ashley…..I bet you’re the one who everyone wants to avoid at parties. The record’s stuck….move on laddy.


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