It’s Up To Newcastle To Finish Higher Than Chelsea – Pardew

Chelsea were just a little lucky to win their game at Stamford Bridge yesterday against Wigan 2-1, with a stoppage time winner coming from Juan Mata.

Alan Pardew – looking up at Newcastle

And that was an important win,  because it keeps the London side in 5th place in the league table, and only 2 points behind Arsenal, who are currently in the Champions League qualifying position of 4th place in the league and play Man City today.

If they don’t finish in the top four, it would be the first time Chelsea have not qualified for the Champions League since Roman Abramovich took over in June of 2003, and has since spent hundreds of millions of pounds on players.

And we’ve noticed Chelsea seem to be making very little progress in meeting the new UEFA Fair Play rules, and balancing their books,  because in their last financial year they lost £68M, and £70M the year before that, so they are nowhere near balancing their books.

That’s not good,  but at least it’s better than Manchester City who lost £197M in the last financial year, but Newcastle are in good financial shape, losing only £3.9M, and of course we refuse to pay silly money for any of our players.

The conventional wisdom is that the match at Stamford Bridge between Chelsea and Newcastle on May 2nd,  will decide which team finishes higher in the league and gets European  qualification.

But the Newcastle manager Alan Pardew doesn’t necessarily agree with that, and this is what Alan had to say about how that could be decided:

“The whole period for Chelsea, more so than us, is ­crucial.” “We can do it without that Chelsea game. I mean, we could lose that game at Stamford Bridge and still finish above them.”

“They have two semi-finals games against ­Barcelona in the Champions League and Spurs in the FA Cup, and then maybe an FA Cup Final on May 5th, when they are ­scheduled to play a league game at Liverpool.”

“They’re being pulled in a lot of directions so I don’t think for us, particularly, where we finish will come down to that game ­between us.” “What happens to us will be down to our own results and, actually, will be about Chelsea’s other results.”

“We’re in the lap of the gods a bit because Chelsea have a big determination on things.” 

Newcastle cannot really rely on other teams faltering and in their final six league games they must try to get as many points as possible.

The game tomorrow at home to Bolton is one we should win, especially since Bolton will have only one day rest, after losing 3-0 at home to Fulham yesterday.

But it’s these games that could turn out to be a banana skin for Newcastle,  and every single game needs to be taken seriously, and if at all possible, all 3 points taken from the game.

If we can have a good return in the run-in to the season,  we may even be able to finish 5th top, and then we wouldn’t have to relay on the exploits of others to get European qualification.

Finishing 4th top is even possible, although much more difficult.

Comments welcome.

21 comments so far

  • bills-son

    Apr 8, 2012 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #1

    It’s amazing that one of Tottenham, Arsenal Or Chelsea could finish below us in the Prem and not qualify for Europe.

    I bet they and their owners are sh*tting themselves at that thought … NUFC the fall guys for the London hacks … the relegation favourites … the club that always has a crisis … the butt of their jokes … etc., etc.

    Qualifying for Europe at their expense.


  • pardew no 1

    Apr 8, 2012 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #2

    god words from pardew

  • cestriasteve

    Apr 8, 2012 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #3

    Do you think we will end up rueing the results at WBA at home and Norwich away at the end of the season, both of which were as a result of a lack in depth ?

  • Dannyo

    Apr 8, 2012 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #4

    We HAVE to get 9 points in the next 3 matches, cause the last 3 is where we’ll meet the toughest opponents. Including Chelsea.
    I admire Everton a bit tho tbh, they started so poorly but are now the team closest to us, would be nice if they got 7th ahead of Liverpool, which is their rivals.
    When did that happen last time? 😛

  • MagPieMan

    Apr 8, 2012 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #5

    The results I think we’ll be rueing are the draws we shouldn’t drawn. Such as, Wolves and Swansea at home.

  • ArtyH

    Apr 8, 2012 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #6

    As long as the reds beat the blues next weekend we will be alright. Chelsea were very lucky yesterday but ground out a win.

  • cestriasteve

    Apr 8, 2012 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #7

    Yes I forgot about those 2 as well, listened to the match last night on the drive back home, stan collymore was going nuts at the lack of any passion from the wolves players, pity we werent playing them now.

  • catchy in norway

    Apr 8, 2012 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #8

    agreed bills son

    i think the players now think its a game, there is no real pressure on them, they have got higher than we all thought, all the pressure is on che spuds and ars,

    what i love is that we seen of the challenge of liverpool, and now we are taken more seriously,

    must admit im feeling sorry for demba ba,

  • Whistler

    Apr 8, 2012 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #9

    Not much point in looking back at lost points and missed opportunities guys….thats water under the bridge, every team gets their share of dodgy results/performances every season….unless you’re Barcelona of course.
    It’s nailed on that we’ll finish top 6 now barring monumental self destruction, no matter whether we qualify for Europe or not we’ve had a fantastic season. Credit to Pardew who’s proved me and many others wrong, credit where it’s due to Ashley; he had a plan and although I don’t like the guy, the plan works and big credit to Graham Carr….the scouting Übermeister… matter what, we can’t lose this season; we’ve won our pride back.

  • cestriasteve

    Apr 8, 2012 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #10

    Yeah your right Whistler, it just boils my pi** a bit when everyone raves about arsenal & spurs and the amount of jounalistic support they get.

  • askar

    Apr 8, 2012 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #11

    Here is the easy spur fixtures:

    Tottenham VS Norwich City
    Queens Park Ranger VS Tottenham
    Tottenham VS Blackburn
    Bolton VS Tottenham
    Aston Villa VS Tottenham
    Tottenham VS

    I think tott. will win all and finish above us.The fourth place is the only way to qualify for CL. Arsenal and Chelsea will finish below us and not qualify for CL 🙂

  • juanpeterbeardsley

    Apr 8, 2012 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #12

    If Chelsea win the FA cup against Everton and finish 5th and don’t win the Champions league would we qualify in 6th place?

  • askar

    Apr 8, 2012 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #13

    Chelsea Fixtures:

    Fulham V Chelsea
    Tottenham V Chelsea
    Chelsea V Barcelona
    Arsenal V Chelsea
    Barcelona V Chelsea
    Chelsea V QPR
    Chelsea V Newcastle
    Liverpool V Chelsea
    Chelsea V Blackburn

  • askar

    Apr 8, 2012 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #14

    Arsenal Fixtures:

    Arsenal V Man City
    Wolves V Arsenal
    Arsenal V Wigan
    Arsenal V Chelsea
    Stoke V Arsenal
    Arsenal V Norwich
    West Brom V Arsenal

  • hdavid23

    Apr 8, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #15

    I think Chelsea will definitely finish below us, they have some really tough games coming up. I think we’ll pick up about 15 points, we should win the next three and the last one against Everton, plus by the time we play City, Man Utd will be champions, and to screw with Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham, City will lose that game as it won’t matter to them anymore. Arsenal is a bit out of form and they have some tough games as well, so Top4 is possible, but I think 3rd place is not, it’s gonna be Tottenham.


    Apr 8, 2012 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #16

    I,ve been saying for weeks now:

    “The only thing we have to do is to keep winning games~”!

    We had a sticky patch but have got over it and have struck a rich vein of form just at the right time~!

    Actually getting used to being in Optimistic City~!

    Not really bothered about the rest~! Lets just :

    ” WIN, WIN, WIN “! And not be too bothered aboot the rest~!

  • mickg108

    Apr 8, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #17

    Been watching a bit of Wolves lately,& Jarvis & Kightly have impressed me with their wing play,,keep thinking them 2 pumping balls into the 2 Demba’s,,goals galore..

  • mickg108

    Apr 8, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #18

    HBA in the Centre of Midfield..

  • cupiddstunt

    Apr 8, 2012 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #20

    Cestriasteve @ # 3

    Nope I have never been that negative in my life that I go looking for failures and excuses.

    I will look back at the season and celebrate the whole thing and be happy that we are getting the look of a team that is capable of achieving something.

    You want to be negative and dwell on failure that is your prerogative I just think that attitude is just sad and breeds future failure.

  • theleckworthbird

    Apr 8, 2012 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #21

    Will we finish above Chelsea? We could if their luck (or disgraceful line judgement) erodes. But, it has been said before, the usual suspects so often get the dodgy decisions. Of course that’s not going to put us off. As long as we keep winning, we definitely can be in the mix. Long live St James!


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