Newcastle now have two games coming up in a very short four days.
Cheick Tiote – we expect to win every game
The lads travel down to Swansea for the only Premier League game taking place on Good Friday, and then next Monday they are back at St. James’ Park to take on Bolton Wanderers.
Logic says that we should be able to beat Bolton next Monday, and anything but a win in that game will be a disappointment, but of course logic at the business end of the season doesn’t mean too much, and Bolton are battling for their Premier League survival.
And the game at Swansea on Friday could be difficult, because Swansea play very well at home and they are a good footballing side, and will be looking forward to the visit of high-flying Newcastle on Friday and it’s a sell-out already.
Cheick Tiote, who is coming back into his best form at the right time, talked about the two games today:
“We play two games in four days now and if we could find two more wins that would be absolutely massive at this stage of the season.” “The victory against Liverpool has given us even more confidence, but we know it will not be easy to go to Swansea.”
“If we win, though, it will put us in a good place.” “Then we will try to win again on Monday and if you win two games in a weekend now it can make a massive difference to where you finish.”
“Getting into Europe is the biggest thing for us now and it is very important for us as players and for Newcastle as a club.” “There has been a long time where we have not seen Newcastle in European competitions and we want that to change.”
“The first target is the Europa League, but why should we not be thinking about the Champions League as well? Who knows, it could happen.”
“We have put ourselves into a good position, but any talk about Europe will mean nothing if we do not keep winning between now and the end of the season.”
“We expect to win every game we play at the moment.” “We are in a very confident mood right throughout the team.” “We are not just about one player at the moment – we are about the whole of the squad doing well.”
“Everyone is working very hard for each other.” “We cannot be worried about what the teams around us are doing – we just have to concentrate on ourselves and try to win.”
“If we win every game between now and the end of the season, it will not matter what the other teams do.”
Good words from Cheick there, and we have to agree with his last line, because if we can somehow keep winning, there’s not too much the other sides can do about it.
With 7 games to go, the maximum number of points we can attain is 74, and that’s if we win all 7 games.
That’s highly unlikely but not impossible, and we’re sure that’s the goal of ambitious manager Alan Pardew, but he will have to keep our players completely grounded to do that.
The good news for Newcastle fans is our players are starting to play somewhere near their best form, when it really matters.
It will be interesting come next Monday night, where Newcastle are positioned in the league table, because then we have the following weekend free, with our scheduled opponents Chelsea playing Tottenham in the FA Cup semi-final.
Next up after Bolton are Stoke at home two weeks on Saturday.
We like Tiote’s line – we just need to keep winning.
Howay The Lads!!