Newcastle Have Had Meteoric Rise In Form And Credibility

Alan Pardew has said today that Newcastle are ready to go toe to toe with Manchester City on Sunday afternoon.

A terrific shot of Pardew and Cisse after game at Chelsea
Do You Wanna Dance?

And while we were not as good as City when we met them last November at the Etihad Stadium and were beaten 3-1, the Newcastle manager feels Newcastle have now caught up with the league leaders this year.

And since the turn of the year,  Newcastle have gained a massive 35 points in the league,  and Manchester City have only 3 points better than that total, in their league games.

This is what Alan had to say today, as he tries to set up his players for a most vital game at St. James’ Park tomorrow, in front of another sell-out crowd:

“Forget about individuals, look at the two teams – our team is going to compete with them. I can’t pay any greater respect to my side.”  “They deserve that respect because they have earned it.”

“That’s not about me, or Papiss Cissé, but the team. We have got 35 points this year, City have got 38. We have the advantage [tomorrow] because we are at home, and our fans make a huge difference to us.”

“I would say we have closed that gap on City, even though in November we were up-beat. Looking from the sidelines then I still felt there was an extra element to their game. Looking at us against Chelsea and Liverpool, I think we have closed that gap.”

“This club has come on in leaps and bounds in the last two years. It has been a meteoric rise in form and credibility. We have created a situation where next year is going to be problematic for us. We need to make sure, when this season ends, to work out  where we went wrong and where we went right.”

“We have to correct the bad things and recognise the good ones, and keep doing them to improve because next year will be a difficult season for us.”  “I look at it closely and we have taken points off Liverpool, Spurs, Arsenal, and Manchester United.”

“Man City are the only ones we have not.”  “Now, if you look at that, you would have to say, maybe they can, looking at that record. We haven’t yet. So on Sunday it is there for us to take points off all the top teams and that would be a great feat for this team. And I think we can do it.

“I would suggest there is a little bit more pressure on them, being as they are away from home and going for the title.”

If Newcastle can beat Manchester City on Sunday, it will be a water-shed game for Newcastle, as they will have shown we can play with the best of them.

It would also be eight wins in nine games, and then we’d have a vital game next Sunday at Everton, but we cannot afford to slip up. and we cannot afford any of the stuff that crept into Newcastle’s game in that first half at Wigan.

It’s not an exaggeration to say the world will be watching on Sunday, and Newcastle have a great chance of  making a name for themselves by beating City, and maybe opening it up so that the Red Devils win the title again.

We couldn’t care less who wins the title – but we do want to see Newcastle finish off the season with two wins to make it nine wins in the final 10 games – that would be something.

We are so proud of what our lads have been able to achieve this season – so proud – it’s just unbelievable – but it’s not over yet.

Comments welcome.

22 comments so far

  • IITianToon

    May 5, 2012 at 8:20 AM

    Comment #1

    Thats important what you said Ed, that the whole world will be watching.. we can show everyone what we are made of!!

    As in Freddie Mercury’s words..
    “We are the Champions my friend, and we’ll keep on fighting till the end”

  • Toonboy_84

    May 5, 2012 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #2

    Tomorrow will be Ben arfas revenge when he scores the winner 🙂

  • ktwgtoon4ever

    May 5, 2012 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #3

    morning lads any1 want links for match 2morrow

  • gaz 44

    May 5, 2012 at 8:27 AM

    Comment #4

    Papa cisse
    papa cisse
    cost less than dzeko
    And scores more goals


    May 5, 2012 at 8:32 AM

    Comment #5

    First of love the new away strip glad its not those leaked ones that were touted

    City game tomorrow biggest of the season for them and pretty important for us too. Not expecting much from it though tbh

  • mansize scotty

    May 5, 2012 at 8:37 AM

    Comment #6

    I think it depends which team turns up 2morrow?? If it’s the same team as the Wigan game or the chelsea game? We can deffo cause an upset though!!

  • Tonytoon73

    May 5, 2012 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #7

    WWJBD I am up early with a hang over and just read your comment. Tut tut you negger. Ha ha


    May 5, 2012 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #8

    Tony haha negative or realistic mate fine line isn’t it!

  • dbeeio

    May 5, 2012 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #9

    u lot predicting a win are jinxing the club. The same happened b4 the wigan game n look wat happened

  • Tonytoon73

    May 5, 2012 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #10

    WWJBD We will beat them tomorrow, all the pressure is on them mate.


    May 5, 2012 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #11

    True but they have no reason to rest players so we will be facing their full force starting 11 unlike against Chelsea. I just can’t see a win

  • ktwgtoon4ever

    May 5, 2012 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #12

    dbeeio- agreed

  • mansize scotty

    May 5, 2012 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #13

    Jinxing the club??? Wot a load of crap, we will win or lose no matter wot is said on here

  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    May 5, 2012 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #14

    Going to have to agree with mansize there. Before each game some have said we’ll win and some have said we’ll lose – it makes not the slightest bit of difference.

    Man City are more than capable of winning this game, but we are also more than capable of getting a result against them. We’ve shown that we can defend like the best of them and if we do that I’m confident one of our magic front line can get a goal or two.

    Just remember…he scores when he wants!

  • mansize scotty

    May 5, 2012 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #15

    Cod arm, like I said b4, it depends which team turns up 2 morrow, I’m just looking forward 2 a great game!!

  • Graeme

    May 5, 2012 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #16

    If we play like we did against Manure and Chelski, I can definately see us getting something from this game. There is no doubt that Mancini has one of the most expensive squad of players ever assembled; There is no doubt they have some world class stars available. But they are still, to a large extent, a bunch of individuals, no matter how highly skilled they are.

    They dont have our team ethic, they dont have our drive, passion, belief. They certainly dont have 52,000 geordies cheering them on either.

    Tomorrow is going to be one amazing experience and I’m so looking forward to being there. I think TOOOOOON will take it 2-1, but in reality, it doesnt matter. We are qualified for Europe, we are joint 4th, ONE point behind 3rd place – what an incredible achievement by EVERYONE at the club. If we dont get another point, it will still be one spectacular season which not one of us saw coming back in August, thats for sure!!

  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    May 5, 2012 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #17

    It certainly does. Let’s hope we sign off at St James’ Park in style this season

  • mansize scotty

    May 5, 2012 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #18

    Would luv 2 see one hell of a finish 2 one hell of a season!!! HWTL!!!!!!


    May 5, 2012 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #19

    What a season, what a brilliant team ethic and no stars because they are all stars.
    Perch is my man of the season because of his incredible development over the past 9 months.
    Watch out next season when Ba joins Cisse in the scoring free for all and we bring in another scoring midfielder.
    If Carr, Ashley and Pardew bring in the kind of players their record suggests they will, watch out we will top four material.
    Congratulations to the whole lot of you from Ashley down to the tea lady and the lass that cooks the meals.
    The premiereship didn’t know what hit them and they will try to follow the plan implemented by Ashley and co, a greater compliment l cannot give.

  • cupiddstunt

    May 5, 2012 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #20

    WWJBD @ # 8

    Not really negative attitude is negative attitude no matter how you want to dress it up.

    On the other hand realism is looking at facts, and the facts are that man shitty has only won half of their road games and lost five, while we have only lost two games at home so the chances of NUFC taking something from this game is very good.

    To say “Not expecting much from it though tbh” is quite distinctly when looking at the facts negative.

  • cupiddstunt

    May 5, 2012 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #21

    As for the jinxing the team/ result/ club.

    Well I can only ask if you still worship the tree god and the river god along with the sun and moon gods as that is exactly where that type of belief structure came from.

    Superstition is primitive to say the least, I thought you boys lived in the 21st century?????

  • mansize scotty

    May 5, 2012 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #22

    That’s what I should have said Cupid!!


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