We don’t want to overplay it too much, but this could well turn out to be a wonder season for Newcastle.
Alan Pardew - we’ll go for 3rd place
And after seeming to lay low since the last win at home to Bolton Wanderers almost two weeks ago, Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has said today that Newcastle will try for 3rd place in the league table.
That may seem amazing at this stage of the season, but if Newcatsle can win their game in hand over Arsenal, they are just 2 points behind the 3rd placed club, who have lost two of their last four league games.
This is what Alan told the local press today:
“The maximum we can finish could still be third, where Arsenal are.” “That’s what we are focusing on but we have to win the game with Stoke first.”
“We are at ease. We’re calm going into the last few games and the squad is in a good place.” “We’re not nervous, we’ve been up there all season.”
“The players have accepted their roles and everybody has been pulling the right direction.” “But don’t think we aren’t focused.”
Arsenal will play at home to Chelsea on Saturday in a game that kicks off at 12:45 pm and then Newcastle play Stoke at 3:00 pm at St. James’ Park.
After the Newcastle game, Tottenham visit QPR for a 5:30 pm kick-off game, and QPR who have been good at home and have won their last last three league games at home.
Saturday could be an exhausting and emotional day for Newcastle fans watching the games on TV – that’s for sure.
And at 7:30 pm on Saturday, the next chapter of this season will have unfolded, and we’ll just have to wait and see where Newcastle are in the league table at that time.
But our game against Stoke is probably the easiest of the five remaining games left this season, and after Saturday we play three of the last four games away from home – Wigan (a), Chelsea (a), Manchester City (h) and Everton (a).
And none of those last four games look easy at all, so we must go all out for the 3 points against Stoke on Saturday.