Alan Pardew has his Newcastle side hitting top form at the right time, with just 7 games to go in the season.
Alan Pardew on the sidelines on Sunday
There’s a good possibility that Newcastle can make the Europa League next season, if they can hold onto 6th place in the league table, and a club other than Everton wins the FA Cup.
Indeed, if Liverpool beat Everton in the semi-finals, then 6th place will qualify for a Europa League position this season, and Newcastle are a full 10 points clear of 7th placed Everton at the moment.
Demba Ba, Papiss Cisse, Cheick Tiote, Ben Arfa, Mike Williamson and James Perch are coming into some good form of late, and that bodes well for Newcastle through the end of the season.
Alan Pardew has said that he thinks the form has gone downhill since the famous Manchester United 3-0 win at St. James’ Park on January 4th.
And that was the only time Man United have not scored in a league game this season.
This is what Alan Pardew told the local press today about Newcastle’s form:
“We’ve been struggling to get good performances here, probably since Manchester United and the African Cup of Nations kicked in.”
“We’ve hit form at the right time now though. We were better against Man United, but we were up against a Liverpool side who had all their big guns back.”
“I’m delighted for our fans. We were happy with the Liverpool performance.” “I know they’ve lost games they shouldn’t have.”
“But they had Steven Gerrard, Luis Suarez, Craig Bellamy and Andy Carroll on the pitch.” “They had Downing and Henderson on the bench. And we still beat them.”
Newcastle played really well on Sunday, but we were a bit lucky in that first half, when Danny Simpson could have conceded a penalty and been sent off.
But those kinds of incidents decide how well a team does in any specific game, and sometimes they go for you, and sometimes they go against you. Most things went our way on Sunday.
But there’s no doubt that Newcastle’s fortitude and single-mindedness on getting the wins, always stands them in good stead in any game.
We now need a win at Swansea on Friday afternoon, and the the lads then face Bolton at home next Monday afternoon – and success would be 6 points from those two games, and 59 points on the season with 5 games to go.
Howay The Lads!!