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Newcastle Need To Break Hoodoo For Stoke Game

10:10 am, Friday, April 13th, 2012 by Ed Harrison · 14 Comments

If there’s one thing we are sure Alan Pardew will not do from now until our last game on May 13th at Everton – is to get carried away with Newcastle’s success.

Cheick Tiote in action in first half at Swansea

Five wins on the trot have pulled Newcastle above money-bags Chelsea in the league table,  and Newcastle are quietly showing the big spenders like Manchester City and Liverpool,  as well as Chelsea – that it doesn’t necessarily take bug bucks to build a top side.

That’s if you have a  great scouting organization, a good Youth policy and have the club run very well financially.

This is the fifth weekend break we’ve had this season,  and in the other four Newcastle did not win their next game – and these are the previous four results after a weekend break before the game:

12th September, 0-0 at QPR
16th October, 2-2 at home to Tottenham
19th November, beaten 3-1 at Manchester City
25th February,  2-2 at home to Wolves

Drawn three and lost one, but we want to do better than that against Stoke and win the game.

The next game is a week tomorrow at home to Stoke City,  and not surprisingly Alan Pardew wants to improve the  record and get Newcastle’s 6th win on the trot, so Alan is changing things around just a little bit.

The lads have been off most of this week and will return to training tomorrow, and it looks like Danny Guthrie and Cheick Tiote will be able to join in the training,  after recovering from their injuries.

This is what Alan said yesterday:

“We looked at this period and decided we were going to do things a bit differently to how they’ve been done in the past,”

“We’ve given the players some days off after the Bolton game and then we’ll be bringing them back in to do some work over the weekend.”

“We think that might work better for us because after previous two-week breaks, we haven’t come back with a win.”

“We’re trying to do it differently to make sure it doesn’t happen that way again.”

Our scheduled opponents this weekend had been Chelsea,  but they play Tottenham in the FA Cup semi-final on Sunday at Wembley, and the game at Chelsea is now rearranged to Wednesday,  May 2nd with a 7:45 pm kick off time.

A win in that game would probably see Newcastle qualify for Europe,  although we could do that tomorrow, if only Liverpool can beat Everton in the other semi-final at Wembley, which has an early  12:30 pm kick off time.

That early kick-off is obviously to put us all out of our misery,  and see if Newcastle can get into Europe next season,  by Liverpool reaching the FA Cup Final.

It’s one of the few times we’ll be hoping for a Liverpool win, but it could be a  happy day for Newcastle tomorrow, and we’re not even playing.

We’re wishing and hoping.

Comments welcome.



Tags: Cheick Tiote · Danny Guthrie · FA Cup · Newcastle News





14 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Indian Magpie // Apr 13, 2012 at 10:23 AM

    hmm

  • 2 ROSHAN MAGPIE // Apr 13, 2012 at 10:23 AM

    I want to see nufc qualify for Europe on our own merit not because of some other team s result

  • 3 Indian Magpie // Apr 13, 2012 at 10:25 AM

    where is tiote’s left hand going

  • 4 Pigott93 // Apr 13, 2012 at 10:29 AM

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  • 5 Oleg G // Apr 13, 2012 at 10:36 AM

    I say lets forget about supporting the fools, and get the 5th place at least, and of course lets try to get the 4th.

    I think with the money boost from CL (if, if… a lot of ifs). We can get a good amount of bodies and quality players to compete in there as well.
    I think that the Cups should be for kids, for the youth, and the PL and Europe (or CL if… if… if….) for the senior players.

  • 6 Hatem's better than Messi // Apr 13, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    @Roshan

    Other teams results always have a bearing on your league position, unless you win every match.

    The FA in their wisdom have it set up so that the FA Cup runners-up could get a European spot.
    So it’s in Newcastle’s interests that Liverpool win, because of that I’ll be cheering the Bindippers on tomorrow.

  • 7 LewSpi // Apr 13, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    Great video in the last thread. All Pards has to do is show the lads that in the dressing rom before Stoke, that’ll surely get them fired up.

    Also, is Cheick having a cheeky stroke of Joe Allen’s little fella in that picture?

  • 8 T_6_Ford // Apr 13, 2012 at 10:38 AM

    Anyone know how I could get tickets to the chelsea game, I live in London and would love to go, maybe you know someone who has a ticket but can’t go because the dates changed.

  • 9 wynsleap // Apr 13, 2012 at 10:48 AM

    Hatem’s better than Messi @ 6 – you’ve got it in one.
    Come on Roshan – don’t tell me that if you were watching a final League match of the season whereby one team had to lose so you could get that final CL spot – you wouldn’t be cheering on the other team?
    We have to shout for Liverpool tomorrow – no matter how much it goes against the grain.

  • 10 Simondial // Apr 13, 2012 at 11:07 AM

    Re Roshan. At the end of the season EVERY team gets its reward for its own effort. You cant influence results of games you’re not involved in, but their timing does mean that sometimes your destiny is revealed before it is actually achieved. Has anyone seen the presentation of the ‘Cock of the North’ trophy which was won at the weekend? The great unwashed are now 17 points behind with 5 games left. How times have moved on!

  • 11 sith // Apr 13, 2012 at 11:29 AM

    wow…great video with a fabulous choice of song…
    i’m really hope that pardew and co will do the same next season..
    btw, what is the title of the song?

  • 12 toonincheek // Apr 13, 2012 at 11:52 AM

    roshan,

    If we qualify, it WILL be on merit.

    But, the way things are now, we could finish 4th, above Chelsea, ‘Pool and Everton, yet not make it into Europe despite those three teams being there.

    Everton losing the semi on Saturday stops us from being very unlucky, given our performance this season, THEN the pressure would be off and we can go on to get EL or CL anyway.

  • 13 sith // Apr 13, 2012 at 12:10 PM

    sorry..wrong post..haha

  • 14 theleckworthbird // Apr 13, 2012 at 1:59 PM

    I also want us to qualify on merit because I doubt if Liverfool will beat Everton.




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