Champions League For Magpies – We Want To Win Next Game


Newcastle’s manager Alan Pardew keeps getting asked if he thinks Newcastle can qualify for the European Champions League this season.

Alan Pardew – applauding fans before the game on Monday

And of course the real answer is that he doesn’t know, but the way Alan runs Newcastle, he’s only concentrating on the next game,  and try to win it.

It’s a cliche, but it’s also the right attitude to take over a season, which invariably has its ups and downs – to just concentrate on the upcoming game.

And whatever happened in the last game, learn from it, and then forget it,  and go into the next game trying to win the thing.

With Newcastle now having five wins on the trot, the best we’ve ever done since April, 2006 –  Newcastle next meet Stoke City a week come Saturday,  and the goal there will be to take another 3 points.

Newcastle have won more than half their league games this season with a phenomenal 17 wins in 33 games, and of course wins are what gets a team up that league table.

Being undefeated these days means nothing, since you get 3 points for a win and only one point for a draw,  and technically a team could be undefeated all season and still get relegated.

Birmingham were relegated last season with 39 points, but they did win some and lose some – but you get the point.

By the time we’ve played our last five games, hopefully we will have qualified for Europe, with entry into the Europa League or the Champions League, and we’d take either at this point.

This is what Alan Pardew said yesterday when asked if Newcastle can qualify for the Champions League:

“I’ve never actually ruled the Champions League out. You guys keep saying to me ‘are you going to make the Champions League?’  – and I just keep saying we’re going out just to win our next game.”

“I think this weekend will be important for us because if the semi-final results go our way, then I think we will be in Europe. If that works in our favor then really, there is nothing else there is to go for.”

“We’re up against Chelsea for this Champions League place. To not make Europe would be tough to take. You’ve got to keep your eye on the ball and we are not giving up on anything.”

Alan Pardew’s task against Stoke will be to ensure the lads are fully prepared for that game, and don’t get carried away with their recent success.

But if the game plan works as well as it did at Stoke last Halloween Day – 31st October – when we hammered them 3-1 at the Britannia Stadium, with a great hat-trick from Demba Ba, we could get a double over Stoke this season, as we did over Bolton Wanderers on Monday.

That would take Newcatsle up to 62 points from 34 games, and who knows, maybe we can get even reach the 70 point mark this season.

But all that matters now is to fully prepare for, and then win the game against Stoke City at St. James’ Park on Saturday, 21st April.

Comments welcome.



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18 comments so far

  • Troleibusiukas_LTU

    Apr 11, 2012 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #1

    CL here we come, beware Spurs and Chealsea!

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  • rknufc

    Apr 11, 2012 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #2

    is there newcastle training on today?

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  • Vask

    Apr 11, 2012 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #3

    rknufc, I don’t think there’s a training session on until friday.

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  • Best9

    Apr 11, 2012 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #4

    can you watch the training sessions?

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  • JAMSHA

    Apr 11, 2012 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #5

    watchn.newcastle vs bolton full.match :$ m.pumped up

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  • Dannyo

    Apr 11, 2012 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #6

    Stoke is a team i have more confidence to beat than even Bolton.
    Reason is that Stoke only play one type of game, and Pardew has shown to be an expert in beating those types of teams.
    Just watch the former Stoke and Swansea games. Teams that are locked into one style is easily found out by Pardew.
    It’ll be a good win for us imo. The players have faith in Pardew and listen to him, that’s why it’s all working so well.

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  • Dannyo

    Apr 11, 2012 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #7

    @rknufc
    Looks like the lads have the week off to me mate, atleast the first team.

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  • JAMSHA

    Apr 11, 2012 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #8

    i dnt wana be over confidence on the stoke game…… all i can say hope we beat stoke…

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  • Tsunki

    Apr 11, 2012 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #9

    I wake this morning to find the mackems aren’t 5th and we aren’t staring at the relegation pit. What the hell is going on in this crazy world? It’s like an episode of Fringe, where Suarez isn’t the FA rep for ‘kick racism out of football’, where Robbie Keane hasn,t always played for Spuds and doesn’t have a campervan, where everyone can’t understand what King Kop Kenny is saying…. Mad! 🙂

    We still 5th today or have The bindippers been awarded 15 sympathy points?

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  • sirtoongospel

    Apr 11, 2012 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #10

    Saturday 21st April.

    Chelsea away to Arsenal 12.45pm kick off. Chelsea could easily drop points.

    We then play home to Stoke, rested and primed to take 3 points.

    Then at 17.30pm Spurs are away to QPR who are fighting for their lives. We could easily be in 4th with the pressure right on Spurs for that game.

    Admittedly their fixtures are quite friendly for the run in, but we could just need to keep applying pressure. 10 points from 15 might just be enough, but Pards and the boys are going all out to win the lot.

    HWTL

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  • Lew Davies

    Apr 11, 2012 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #11

    It gonna come down to how much our players want it.
    Judging by the last match, even tho we didn’t start off too good, we still wanted it enough to get the win and 3 points.
    From the players perspective, the ball’s in their court, and I think they want CL more than anything.
    I really feel we are in for one hell of a climax to the season.
    Call me deluded, but I seriously wouldn’t be surprised if we finish 3rd 😯
    We have a will to win and team spirit like no other club bar manure.
    Get your passports out lads n lasses.

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  • Indian Magpie

    Apr 11, 2012 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #12

    sir toon gospel

    yes, spurs fixtures are friendly, but their opponents wont be friendly

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  • sirtoongospel

    Apr 11, 2012 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #13

    Oh and Chelsea still have to play us, and have away trips to Arsenal and the bindippers. Regardless of the semi result, we are in great position to bag 5th at worst.

    By the way, if Everton win the semi, and we get 5th, does that mean Chelsea would miss out on Europe???

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  • Indian Magpie

    Apr 11, 2012 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #14

    sir toon gospel

    if chelsea win the FA cup they get europa

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  • Tsunki

    Apr 11, 2012 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #15

    Sirtoon – arsenal need to win and I suppose they are odds on, but QPR? Not a happy ship there at the minute and they remind me of our crew when we went down the pot. I really hope they can steel themselves to win but they can’t seem to buy a game these days.

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  • IrishToon009

    Apr 11, 2012 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #16

    Didn’t realise that game was on Halloween too, year before on Halloween I seem to recall a 5-1 result…..The boys like their trick or treating!

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  • martoon

    Apr 11, 2012 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #17

    rknufc @2 – Pretty sure the players have been given 3 days off after Monday.

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  • toonincheek

    Apr 11, 2012 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #18

    Indian – If Chelsea win the FA Cup, they qualify for the Europa, UNLESS they win the CL (and qualify for CL next year).

    If they win the FA Cup, but not the CL, they qualify for Europa AND
    If they qualify for Europa by winning the FA Cup, that takes precedence over qualifying by league position.

    And as only ONE team from the FA Cup finalists can use it to get Europa, then 5th place would definitely qualify for Europa.

    Not as straightforward as you seem to think.

    I’m still hoping for the headline :
    Carroll shoots the Toon to Europa!!
    Could well happen on Saturday.

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