Miracles Are Now Possible Again At Newcastle

For a side fighting relegation Bolton looked good yesterday, and they were also unlucky, but when you miss some golden opportunities, you really only have yourself to blame.

Ben Arfa after scoring wonder goal – he’s in there somewhere

If Bolton could have scored from the two big chances they had in the second half of yesterday’s game at St. James’  Park, they could have even won the game (maybe), but they didn’t and that could be why they are fighting relegation.

Newcastle on the other hand looked jaded in the first half, and even a bit worse in the second half,  until they came around and Ben Arfa  scored his wonder goal and rescued all 3 points for Newcastle United.

Papiss  Cisse added a second goal near the end, his 10th goal in 9 games for the Magpies,  to make the scoreline just a little bit flattering to the Magpies.

But we’ll take it,  and the fact we had Ben Arfa on our side yesterday allowed us to win the game.

Our defense was again very solid yesterday,  with Tim Krul  saving us on a couple of occasions in the second half, and Davide Santon again looking like an improved player at the back for Newcastle.

Alan Pardew as usual, was down to earth after the game, and told the truth, and it’s good he doesn’t get too carried away – like some of us. 😀

This is what Alan had to say yesterday:

“It was a tough game. Bolton did we what did at Swansea and made it difficult for us.”  “They pressed us all over the pitch.”

“We were a bit tired in our thinking but we wouldn’t be denied – we just kept pushing and pushing.”

“I did think the extra day’s rest would count in that last 15 minutes, that something might give, and I thought Shola Ameobi would make the difference today in the final stages.”

“As it was it was Hatem with a truly special goal. He went right through the middle of their team and there’s not many players who have the ability to do that.”

“Of course, that really changed the look of the game and we went on to get the second goal, which flattered us.”  “It was a really good day for us, because that was a tough game.”

It’s unbelievable and almost like a fairy tale what is happening to Newcastle this season, but lots of neutral observers are backing us to  finish even higher than the  London teams, Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal.

And let’s face it,  it’s always very good for the game when another team starts to challenge the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham and the two Manchester sides.

Our 2-1 loss to Arsenal six games ago, the game before we went on this five game winning streak, probably means we cannot catch the Gunners.

But we’ve already caught Tottenham and are now 2 points ahead of Chelsea, and we could finish above both teams and in 4th position in the league table.

But Newcastle need to keep winning because if we are level on points both Chelsea and Tottenham have much superior goal differences.

But this season is far from over,  and we now need to try to win all of the five games remaining.

Miracles are now possible again at Newcastle United Football Club.

Comments welcome.

23 comments so far

  • Dannyo

    Apr 10, 2012 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #1

    HBA, AP, Cisse, Ba, Cabaye, Collo, Krul… take a bow.

  • IrishToon009

    Apr 10, 2012 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #2

    Sorry for the re-post
    Hi Folks,
    I am looking to head over to the City home game, haven’t been to a game this year, first time in a few years! Just wondering from any members here is there many tickets left? I wont be able to buy until public sale but will probably book the flights tonight.
    Help appreciated! Gotta see this boy benny in real life

  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    Apr 10, 2012 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #3

    Maximum points would be unbelievable from our run-in.

    None of these last 5 will be easy, however, all are winnable.

    Stoke (H) – We beat them away, if we set up properly, we can win.

    Wigan (A) – Can be a banana skin team, but we should win this.

    Chelsea (A) – Normally wouldn’t fancy our chances, but with the way the 2 teams are playing, I would say we may even go in to this as favourites (especially given the CL and FA cup distractions they would have had).

    Man C (H) – Same as Chelsea, normally you’d write this game off, but with the title seemingly out of reach and the dressing room appearing to be in a shambles, could be a great opportunity to add to their misery – a draw or win is certainly not impossible.

    Everton (A) – At this point, this could well be the hardest game. They’re a team in form and always finish the season strongly. They very well could be playing to finish above Liverpool in the league, they “May” have a FA Cup final looming, but that’s a lot of “If’s, buts and maybes”.

    I think 9 – 15 points should be the target from these games, it’s certainly achievable.

  • Toon_Tom

    Apr 10, 2012 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #4

    After another wonder goal from Hatem, people are now starting to compare him with Messi!!!!!!

    I mean, he is good ……………….. but he’s no Ben Arfa 😉


  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    Apr 10, 2012 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #5

    Dannyo…I think everyone from Big Mike down to the turf layers need to take a bow…it’s been one hell of a season 🙂

  • martoon

    Apr 10, 2012 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #6

    IrishToon009 – best to keep an eye on the right hand side of the NUFC.COM website. This gives details of ticket sales at the moment it says public sale TBC – I suppose you could phone the box office and ask them if the date is known yet.

  • ash-out

    Apr 10, 2012 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #7

    IrishToon009 – There will be plenty of tickets available to the public sale. Just make sure you get online as soon as they go onsale as I would imagine this game will sell out very quickly.

  • martoon

    Apr 10, 2012 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #8

    Off topic a techie question – a few blogs ago people were recommending downloading SOPCAST and using it to watch matches. I did this and was playing with it but I could only watch pictures in its small size player – I could not work out how to get a full screen picture and get rid of the player window – anybody use SOPCAST and know?

  • ilovetoon8788

    Apr 10, 2012 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #9

    So the big clubs must be circling around our mercurial Frenchman.. How much would tempt Ashley to accept offers do u all think?

  • stk85

    Apr 10, 2012 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #10

    9 points definitely, i think any more than ten is dream land stuff.

    that would get us 69 pts. surely that would be enough???

  • IrishToon009

    Apr 10, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #11

    Thanks for the advice lads, I know public sale is like 2 weeks before the game, I best be at the computer ready to go!

  • Tsunki

    Apr 10, 2012 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #12

    Woke up from a crazy dream this morning – we were lying one win away from 3rd in the premiership, the mackems were matheMagically unable to finish above us for the coveted ‘North East Top Dog’ spot, virtually every result went our way and one of our players scored the goal of the season.

    Pinch me. Ok not THAT hard! 🙂

  • estechco

    Apr 10, 2012 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #13

    @8 martoon – I can’t picture the screen layout right now, but I am pretty sure there are a couple of way of doing it. You can maximize the player screen and it should take up your full pc area.

    I’m fairly certain there is also a smaller icon (two diagonal arrows maybe?) which allow you to jump from SopCast to the same connection inside of Windows Media Player

  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    Apr 10, 2012 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #14

    stk89…I would think so mate…let’s hope we pick 6 up in the next 2 games, makes the last 3 less stressful!

    Ilovetoon….I’m really not sure what he’d be valued at. I’m not sure why, but I don’t feel any ridiculous offers will come in this summer. If he continues next season in the same form then surely he has to be up the there in the silly values

  • martoon

    Apr 10, 2012 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #15

    estechco @13 – Thanks for the advice – there was no obvious way to maximise the player window (normal box icon) but I will try the media player option – thanks.

  • hdavid23

    Apr 10, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #16

    Toon_Tom, who the hell is Messi? 😀

  • check the toastie

    Apr 10, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #17

    IrishToon- if i was you i wud buy a membership 25quid and then get tickets now, other games Sunderland i know have sold out before general sale, and the cheaper tickets (man city game 40quid) will go first, if we win our next two the game will be a sell out and you may miss out, just register on website and then you are assured of 2 of the cheaper tickets, advise try and get in the gallowgate as atmosphere is better in their. more towards the east stand side of the ground.

    If you are playing for flights you might as well make sure you get the tickets. Wud be a shame if you missed out.

  • mick70

    Apr 10, 2012 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #18

    i think what makes Hatem so good is his body movement ,he takes defenders out with a little jink of the hips like Beardo in his prime but with more pace. He is becoming one hell of a player

  • level7wonder

    Apr 10, 2012 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #19

    Martoon there is a square box with an dioagonal arrow to the left of the play button. It only becomes available when there is a stream (of video) coming through. When you click this it plays fullscreen.
    On my sopcast anyways, and I think I have the latest version.
    Hope this helps

  • IrishToon009

    Apr 10, 2012 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #20

    thanks toastie, ive been a member before but didn’t bother this season beacause i knew i wouldn’t be over much. been at mackem games before, including the 5-1, one of the best days ever! i think i might take the chances of being ready when they go on public sale, i cant imagine 52000 members buying tickets….been in the gallowgate many times, love it there.

  • Owldman

    Apr 10, 2012 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #21

    codarm no turf at St james park three weeks after the final game the surface is completely removed the ground prepared & reseeded no turf used.Anyone can play on St James Park for those three weeks at the end of the season only one catch it costs a£1,000 quid for 15 players.

  • Owldman

    Apr 10, 2012 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #22

    Blog 20 Dont think there will be many season tickets for 2012/2013 season.With the new 10 year deal most of the seats that were left were snapped up long ago.2 seats next to mine were bought 6 home games ago they can now have first chance on these for next season which they are doing.

  • Owldman

    Apr 10, 2012 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #23

    All credit to HBA for his wonder goal but Shola has to be given some praise for his run which helped open the gap which drew two defenders away


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