Newcastle In Prime Position To Push For Champions League


There’s nothing like starting off your last 10 games of the season – the business end of the season – by winning five games in a row.

Jonas Gutierrez leads congratulations after great Ben Arfa strike

And that’s exactly what Newcastle have done,  after suffering a defeat at Arsenal with almost the last kick of the game, back on 12th March at the Emirates Stadium.

And Newcastle are surging when it counts,  and are currently in a Europa League place in 5th place – two points above money-bags Chelsea.

But if Newcastle can continue their sparkling form,  there’s no real reason why the lads cannot finish above both Chelsea and Tottenham,  and in 4th place in the league table.

Jonas Gutierrez has played his part this season, and has played in all but one of Newcastle’s league games so far, and in September of last year he signed an extension to his contract,  that will keep him on Tyneside through the summer of 2015.

That will be seven years he will have spent at Newcastle,  since he joined from Mallorca in the summer of 2008,  and the Argentine International seems  pleased with Newcastle’s recent surge:

“It’s good to have five wins in a row, especially with it being near the end of the season,” “It’s always difficult to get three points in this league whoever you are playing against.”

“So we should be proud of what we have achieved. There are not many teams who do this.”  “We are in a good position and we now have a couple of weeks before we play again.”

“Hopefully when we play Stoke after our break we can continue this form and keep it going until the end of the season.”

Jonas captained the Newcastle side while his Argentine team-mate, Fabricio Coloccini,  was out with a hamstring strain, but the Newcastle captain returned against Bolton Wanderers on Monday afternoon, and it was certainly a difficult game.

But some flair and brilliance once again from Ben Arfa, when the French international scored his 6th goal of the season after 73 minutes,  with some unbelievable skill, and  when we really needed the break-through, allowed Newcastle to go on and win the game 2-0.

In doing so Newcastle gained 3 points on Tottenham and 2 points on Chelsea last Monday.

Jonas admitted it wasn’t easy against the Trotters:

“It was really hard against Bolton,”  “They tried to be compact in the defence, so it was hard for us to get the first goal.”

“But Hatem scored a great goal for us and then the game opened up which made it easier for us.”

“We know we have quality in this squad and Hatem is one of our quality players.”  “He maybe didn’t have his best game overall, but he never stopped running.”

“And with that type of player you know he can always create something like that.”  “It was a great three points.”

We have to hope Newcastle can keep on their winning ways when we entertain Stoke City a week come Saturday, but the Potters are always a difficult team to play against, and get most of their goals from those set-plays.

Newcastle players have the rest of the week off,  and then report back for training on Saturday,  and they will have a full week to prepare for the Stoke game.

Another 3 points from that game and Newcastle could be flying even higher.

Comments welcome.


134 comments so far

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Apr 11, 2012 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #81

    JP to be fair there are dead people who are closer to match fitness than dyer! I remember once when he came back training after a lengthy injury and put himself out for another 4 weeks by poking himself in the eye running between training sticks!!!

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  • LewSpi

    Apr 11, 2012 at 8:32 PM

    Comment #82

    Haha TDS! I forgot about that. What a muppet.

    Anyone got a link for the Arsenal game? I can’t seem to get on my beloved vipbox.tv

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  • Spuggy

    Apr 11, 2012 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #83

    Check the end of the interview….Daglish is a pr*ck

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VTAI0QHoJy4

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Apr 11, 2012 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #84

    Lewspi dont know if any are up on this
    http://www.footballstreaming.info/streams/todays-links/

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  • davybtoon

    Apr 11, 2012 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #85

    Honestly Swansea are crap to watch

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  • israeli_fan

    Apr 11, 2012 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #86

    as much as I loved this season, I cant help but feel a sour taste in my mouth because of the match-fixing.

    bassong got a red card for nothing, wigan scored a perfectly goal today and the linesman raised his flag… i will be in total shock if the officials dont get money from the top team

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Apr 11, 2012 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #87

    Spuggy dogleash is the most unlikable person in football an absolute embarresment jesus the bindippers must be so proud when they watch his interviews

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  • israeli_fan

    Apr 11, 2012 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #88

    by the way, the man who predicted we will finish 4th was danish_mag in the start of the season.. and niaforn as well

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  • ToonAndy

    Apr 11, 2012 at 8:47 PM

    Comment #89

    I also said we’d finish 4th at the start of the season… Got told I was on drugs haha

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  • Robby Bobson

    Apr 11, 2012 at 8:48 PM

    Comment #90

    Good ol Joey…

    now their 1-0 down, Swansea will react by passing the ball between Vorm and Williams even more…

    Id hate to be a Swansea fan, they got 2 quick wingers, counter attack and get the running at the full backs FFS!

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  • israeli_fan

    Apr 11, 2012 at 8:48 PM

    Comment #91

    well i predicted top 10 and said barton will be a huge loss..

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  • munch27

    Apr 11, 2012 at 8:50 PM

    Comment #92

    Joey B for QPR hope this fires them on and they take points of spuds n chelskii .

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  • davybtoon

    Apr 11, 2012 at 8:53 PM

    Comment #93

    I predicted a good season thought top10 but my god it’s been amazing n no matter what happens in the next 5 games this has been brilliant n Europe will jus top it off Europa or champions league

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  • Spuggy

    Apr 11, 2012 at 8:56 PM

    Comment #94

    dogleash is embarrassing in interview, they even mentioned that one on talk sport.

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  • Robby Bobson

    Apr 11, 2012 at 8:57 PM

    Comment #95

    Wigan 1-0 up…not going to be easy at all going there.

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  • Klatoon

    Apr 11, 2012 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #96

    Love how Wigan’s goal came from a corner that never was. The shoe’s on the other foot as per poor ref calls in matches involving Manyoo.

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  • Kurt

    Apr 11, 2012 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #97

    I’m hearing some disturbing news that Tiote has sold his house. Anyone who knows more about this ? Hope this dosn’t mran that he is leaving.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Apr 11, 2012 at 9:06 PM

    Comment #98

    Yes kurt it is disturbing, disturbing that a player would sell his house 2 months before the transfer window opens

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  • davis_toons

    Apr 11, 2012 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #99

    Wigan is playing so well again.
    And again denial a goal by the ref and Linesman.
    By they come back and put in a goal from open play.
    tbf to MU it shld not be a corner but the goal comes from open play

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  • WWJBD

    Apr 11, 2012 at 9:10 PM

    Comment #100

    Kurt
    Rumours will fly from now until September don’t worry about it end of the day if he’s going to go he will go

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  • davybtoon

    Apr 11, 2012 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #101

    Lol he’s sold his house he mite of jus bought a new one, any way if he goes he goes aslong we get diame in I honestly wouldn’t b to bothered n why is tiote gonna go to a team lower than us

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  • munch27

    Apr 11, 2012 at 9:20 PM

    Comment #102

    Alan Hansen quote
    Pardew’s team looks the real deal, the full package. I never had them down as relegation strugglers but at the start of the season I would have suggested mid-table.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/17664400

    i hate liars.

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  • Louis583

    Apr 11, 2012 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #103

    Anyone have a clue as to how much Olivier Giroud would cost?

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  • davybtoon

    Apr 11, 2012 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #104

    Giroud would probably b about 10 to 15mill, if we’re going to France we should b looking at belhanda, mbwia, Martin n boudebouz

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Apr 11, 2012 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #105

    3-0 rangers why do ppl think rodgers should get manager of the season

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  • davybtoon

    Apr 11, 2012 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #106

    This is being bit confident but if we did get 4th ive been looking to see who potential qualifier games could b n there’s some tough ones undinese, Lyon, psv, munchengladbach, sporting Lisbon, cska Moscow

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  • davybtoon

    Apr 11, 2012 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #107

    Oh n Malaga or Valencia

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  • davybtoon

    Apr 11, 2012 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #108

    Title race back on after tonight

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  • Klatoon

    Apr 11, 2012 at 9:35 PM

    Comment #109

    Moses is a prospect, some aspects of his game are still raw but he and HBA on either side would be class!

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Apr 11, 2012 at 9:37 PM

    Comment #110

    just found a quality cisse song
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Cz2qDL3CZ0

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  • WWJBD

    Apr 11, 2012 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #111

    Tbf Rodgers, Lambert and Martinez are all very good managers imo but manager of the year should go to a overall performance, Mancini has faltered with billions, Fergy has struggled, Chelsea have no one, Rednapp might be the darling but his fall from grace is apparent and star players are other teams and less said about Liverpool the better

    Villa, Fulham and Stoke have been average. Moyes is good but has had a average season.

    Pardew on the other hand has done wonders in a notoriosly difficult job and have hugely over achieved with bargain buys and some (harshly I know) average players. I doubt he will get it though

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  • Tonytoon73

    Apr 11, 2012 at 9:48 PM

    Comment #112

    Same as always WWJBD is still a negger. Lol

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  • Klatoon

    Apr 11, 2012 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #113

    Thats a class Cisse song and those lads are having a helluva time!

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  • WWJBD

    Apr 11, 2012 at 9:51 PM

    Comment #114

    Tony
    Can’t help being a miserable get mate way I am made 😉

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  • Spuggy

    Apr 11, 2012 at 9:51 PM

    Comment #115

    We bought the lad from Germany , CISSE , CISSE , He’s always loved the toon army , CISSE ,? CISSE , He dreamt of playing for the toon and drinking wor Newcastle broon , PAPPIS CISSE NEWCASTLES NUMBER 9!

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  • Tonytoon73

    Apr 11, 2012 at 9:54 PM

    Comment #116

    WWJBD I think you are the seed of chucky. Ha ha

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  • davybtoon

    Apr 11, 2012 at 9:55 PM

    Comment #117

    Well done Wigan were gonna have to b well up for it when we go there in a few weeks

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  • WWJBD

    Apr 11, 2012 at 9:56 PM

    Comment #118

    Tony
    How lad I am not ginger! And I find that deeply offensive haha

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  • Spuggy

    Apr 11, 2012 at 9:56 PM

    Comment #119

    Amazing how a lot of the top team are capitulating at a crucial stage in the season!

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  • davybtoon

    Apr 11, 2012 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #120

    Spuggy that’s why I think we will get 4th bcoz there is no pressure on us to do it, we’re not expected to do it, n now were really hitting form

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