We’ll Try For Third Place – Stoke The Easiest Game Remaining

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.

Comments welcome.

12 comments so far

  • LewSpi

    Apr 19, 2012 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #1

    I can’t cope with breaks, it has been way too long now, it feels like months ago we last played. I think I’m having withdrawal symptoms.


    Apr 19, 2012 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #2

    How will you cope in the summer? I know what you mean though, it’s seems so long. I hate international breaks and stuff but they can be good for the squad.

  • martoon

    Apr 19, 2012 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #3

    LewSpi @1 – I presume you are talking football 🙂

  • Minato

    Apr 19, 2012 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #4

    Well my Saturday is fully booked 😉

  • G

    Apr 19, 2012 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #5

    LesSpi – agreed, Mutiny – there is always the Euro’s / Olympic football (not that it counts).

  • Whos_SuperMac

    Apr 19, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #6

    I expect to see all those Sports Direct advertising boards around the pitch brought in a couple of feet this weekend. Delay and his throws are about the only threat Stoke have. More Sports Direct advertising boards this weekend Mike please!!!!

  • Whos_SuperMac

    Apr 19, 2012 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #7

    Delay???? FFS, lol. Delap of course

  • toonincheek

    Apr 19, 2012 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #8

    SuperMac – now there’s a plan.

  • toonincheek

    Apr 19, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #9

    Delap had better bring his own towels – ours will be well greased.

  • geordiejamie89

    Apr 19, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #10

    This is too long to go without a toon game, it should be against human rights.

  • ady

    Apr 19, 2012 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #11

    saturday first gona watch chelsea game then newcastle on live steam and then gona watch tot game gr8 day for me aswell and if newcastle win will watch there game again on bbc lol

  • Levi

    Apr 20, 2012 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #12

    i will still be supporting arsenal on saturday. i would rather chelsea dropped the 3 points and we could open a point gap on them.


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