FA Cup Results Go Newcastle’s Way

Jonas Gutierrez has been interviewed today,  and he is not getting carried away by Newcastle’s high position in the league at this fairly late stage of the season.

Jonas Gutierrez – big game against Liverpool

The conventional wisdom in football is not to get carried away by the wins, and not to get get too down after a defeat.

In fact that’s not a bad way to approach life in general, come to think about it.

The next game is all that matters, and Newcastle have picked up a lot of confidence in the last two games, by grinding out a win against Norwich at home, and then at West Brom last Sunday, bringing home a great 3-1 victory.

And with Chelsea, Liverpool and now Everton and Tottenham in the semi finals of the FA Cup, after those two sides won their replays last night, any of those sides except Everton winning the Cup,  would seem to offer a way for Newcastle into the Europa League next season –  if we finish 6th.

Both results last night went Newcastle’s way – there’s no doubt about that – since we hardly wanted to see Sunderland in the semi-finals.

This is what Jonas said today and he also talks about Ben Arfa – Newcastle’s secret weapon:

“It’s nice for us to be in this position, but we’re not thinking about that.”

“We enjoyed ourselves on Sunday and we know that we have a lot of games and a lot of points before the end of the season.”  “We are taking it game by game and nothing else.”

“It was important for us, we need to get as many points as we can before the end of the season, it’s not over yet.” “We went there to win and I think we played a great game. I’m very happy about the outcome.

“We know we can open up a gap over Liverpool next week, it’s going to be a big game for us next week, so we’re going to have to be fully focused.”

“We know all about Hatem,” “We know what he can do when he has the ball, and he did that on Sunday. People say that he can’t adapt to English football because it is too physical, too tough, but he found the right moment and the right space to cause problems.

“He’s an important player for us, he’s learning about English football, it’s different to other teams. He’s learning that every day.”

Everton won 2-0 last night at the Stadium of Light, so it doesn’t look like Sunderland can make Europe next season.

Everton were easily the better side, and they are now the dark horses in this race for the FA Cup, and will play Liverpool in the semifinals at Wembley on April 14th.

We’d like to see Liverpool win that game, and then Newcastle look to be sitting pretty,  if we can hold onto at least 6th place in the league table, and that starts with our game on Sunday against Liverpool at St. James’ Park.

Three points in that game is all that matters right now.

Comments welcome.

16 comments so far

  • bollance

    Mar 28, 2012 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #1

    Look at picture of Jonas above.. He has the longest fingers in the premier league!

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 28, 2012 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #2

    Getting bashed on the head with a pogo stick off the center back he never bought is too good for Ashley.

  • danuneek

    Mar 28, 2012 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #3

    I’ve always thought Hatem looked rather strong on the ball and can usually hold off a lot bigger player.

  • Toon GI Jordan

    Mar 28, 2012 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #4

    Everton were immense last night and I was pissing mysel when Vaughan scored that OG. They were poor for probably the second time under O’Neill so lets hope the new manager syndrome has worn off!

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 28, 2012 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #5

    Bringing that Vaughan on was a master stroke from a tactical point of view.

  • bollance

    Mar 28, 2012 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #6

    A poor end to the season could see Sunderland slip right down the table because it is so tight, would be a very sad sight!

    Can’t see those wasters ted bob etc coming back on here now with their tripe

  • ash-out

    Mar 28, 2012 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #7

    bollance reckons Jonas can hold off any player in the premier league with those fingers.

    Morning everyone – what a fabulous day it is. Well done you toffees.


    Mar 28, 2012 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #8

    on our current standings, we need 3 wins and 2 draws and that would leave the bindippers to get 7 wins out of their 8games if me maths is right… it is early mind!

    if we draw at home next sunday then we need 3 wins and one draw and they will need to win all of there remaining games… is that right?!?!

    i cant help but feel a bit of a spring in my step

  • zacharias

    Mar 28, 2012 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #9

    If Everton dont reach the final, we’ll be in europe. Liverpool already there. Chelsea n apurs are almost there too.

  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    Mar 28, 2012 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #10

    So basically Krul is being sold and long fingered Guti is going to be our new GK.

    Great results for us last night. Europe is almost ours for the taking. Happy days

  • eastend toon

    Mar 28, 2012 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #11
  • eastend toon

    Mar 28, 2012 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #12

    am i right in thinking…. if we get 3 wins and 2 draws, that means the bindippers need 7wins?

    so if we draw next week with them, they’ll pretty much need to win all their games if we pick up the relevant points in our run in?

    its early so my maths might be a bit ropey…

    the spring has sprung and its in my step 🙂

  • tdt

    Mar 28, 2012 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #13

    Yeah the honeymood period appears to be over for M O’Neil. Hopefully Liverpool beat Everton in the semi-final then we’re in a great position for europe!

    Provided the top 7 stay as the same team as they currently are, Liverpool beating Everton in the semi-final would mean 5th, 6th and 7th getting a europa league spot.

    We are currently 10 points above 8th.

    I thought it was going to be a boring weekend on the 14th April as our game with Chelsea has been postponed, however now we have the Liverpool v Everton semi-final to focus on instead.

    This is the only match I want Liverpool to win, ever.

  • wynsleap

    Mar 28, 2012 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #14

    Hate to see Liverpool win ANY game, let alone a cup semi-final but will have to make an exception this time.
    Everton were pretty good last night against the Mackems though, wth Fellaini, Cahill and Jelavik outstanding.
    Unfortunately the Pool will have to play a lot better than they have been if they are going to stop their blue neighbours getting to the Final.
    A final assault on Spurs and Chelsea in the League is what we should be aiming at. Come on Papisto – gun ’em down!

  • ToonHeart

    Mar 28, 2012 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #15

    Mark Lawrenson’s predictions for Newcastle are ALWAYS against us. I’m so glad he’s being proven wrong! 😛

  • check the toastie

    Mar 28, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #16

    Jonas is class – everthing thats gud about the club at the moment, 100% effort with a touch of quality, well done Jonas lad youve been class this year.


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