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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

  • Tonytoon73

    Apr 11, 2012 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #121

    WWJBD You have that evil little streak in you, bit like myself. Lol

  • geordiejamie89

    Apr 11, 2012 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #122

    Swansea are very poor at times. I don’t see how passing the ball around defence and midfield constantly trying to build up the possesion stats means you’re worth manager of the season. Saying they play some of the best football in the league is rubbish. If most teams were trained to hardly ever take a risk they could do what Swansea do. I’d rather have a Hatem Ben Arfa that loses the ball half the time, then produces magic the other, and day of the week.

  • Spuggy

    Apr 11, 2012 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #123

    Here’s hoping Liverpool do a job for us this weekend. Only time I actually want them to win. Will be sweet to relax knowing we’re in Europe and play some good football.

    Unleash Hatem!


    Apr 11, 2012 at 10:08 PM

    Comment #124

    Haha life would be boring without a little bit of evil 🙂

  • Tonytoon73

    Apr 11, 2012 at 10:11 PM

    Comment #125

    WWJBD Exactly mate, see you later.


    Apr 11, 2012 at 10:15 PM

    Comment #126

    Tony see ya round mate

  • davybtoon

    Apr 11, 2012 at 10:22 PM

    Comment #127

    Spuggy would b great goin into the last 5games knowing we hav Europa league in the bag, would take even more pressure off our players yet another reason why I think we wud take 4th

  • davybtoon

    Apr 11, 2012 at 10:23 PM

    Comment #128

    Real Madrid are handing the league to barca

  • davybtoon

    Apr 11, 2012 at 10:25 PM

    Comment #129

    Spoke to soon ronaldo with another wonder strike 2nd tonight

  • LewSpi

    Apr 11, 2012 at 10:45 PM

    Comment #130

    Title race back on? I don’t think so, Fergie has been here too many times before, he knows what it takes to finish the season.

    Btw, Cheick lives at the top of Osborne Road and drives a White BMW X5 which has a carbon fibre strip on the bonnet, if anyone can be arsed to check if it’s still there. Ha. His reg is something like T1 0TE, can’t remember exactly.

    Don’t judge me.


    Apr 11, 2012 at 10:48 PM

    Comment #131

    Love that Wigan play 3 at the back…equally love that we dont

  • 2_goal_tino

    Apr 11, 2012 at 11:20 PM

    Comment #132

    Lewspi, does he live up Lindisfarne Rd? There’s some disgustingly nice houses up there. I know the club own a few there and rent them out to the players. Pretty sure Jonas is there too. The players love Jesmond- Sammy is always out on Osborne Road as well. Suppose it’s not a bad plan for the players given that Osborne Road must have just about the lowest number of toon supporters in the whole of Newcastle given the excessive number of students.

    I have met Shearer and Beardesley in the Tesco metro in Jesmond too – absolute legends and real gents

  • 2_goal_tino

    Apr 11, 2012 at 11:33 PM

    Comment #133

    At last a pundit says what the rest of the country has been saying for ages. Martin Keown on MOTD “Swansea can pass the ball well, but sometimes it’s like watching paint dry, stuck in the midfield … teams are finding them out.” Exactly! Can see them struggling next year!

  • soundoid

    Apr 11, 2012 at 11:42 PM

    Comment #134

    Hatem ben Arfa, Cisse, Ba, Cisse, Ba , Cisse, Ba.
    Hatem Ben Arfa, Cisse, Ba.
    Cisse, Cisse, Ba
    Cisse, Cisse, Ba
    Cisse, Cisse, Ba
    Hatem Ben Arfa, Cisse, Ba.
    Cisse, Cisse, Ba .


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