It’s really quite amazing that Newcastle can still finish anywhere from 3rd to 6th place in the Premier League, with just one game to go.
Alan Pardew – after the game yesterday
And for those Newcastle fans who were really disappointed at losing to Manchester City yesterday – and that includes us – we have to remember that last August a number of us were thinking it could be a relegation fight this season, with Kevin Nolan, Jose Enrique and Joey Barton all having left in the summer.
But in fact the players we brought in last year and in January – Ben Arfa, Yohan Cabaye, Demba Ba, Papiss Cisse and Davide Santon in particular, have all been stellar buys for Newcastle, and we are a much better team than last season.
And the fact we have 19 points more than all of last season is proof of that, and after the game Alan Pardew talked to Sky Sports and said it was all to play for:
“It’s simple for us, if we don’t win our game we can’t make it anyway. The other two have nervy games.”
“Arsenal are at West Brom and Tottenham are at home to Fulham needing to beat them in case we win. They will all be looking at us and we just have to win and see what happens.”
“If someone had said to me at the start of the season that we would go to Everton looking for a Champions League place I would have laughed at them.”
“But we have had a great season. I am proud of the players, even their performance today. Our fans we brilliant to us at the end – it’s not often you lose 2-0 at home and the stadium stays behind to clap you off.”
“It is just nice to see Newcastle United getting respect again. This is a club bathed in history and tradition and when it’s not at the top of the division it is not right.”
“They are where they are, they belong there. It is my job to make sure we stay there. It’s not easy, but we will give it another good go in the summer, and hopefully we will be stronger next year.”
There’s nothing Newcastle can do about what Arsenal and Tottenham do in their final games at West Brom and at home to Fuilham next Sunday respectively, or what Chelsea do at Liverpool tomorrow night - probably win – or at home to Blackburn Rovers.
All Newcastle have to concentrate on is winning the very last game at Goodison Park, and then seeing where we end up.
It will be anywhere from 3rd to 6th, but even in 6th position that’s 6 places higher than last season, and the club will get an extra £4.8M from the Premier League for that position than last year – there’s two players right there.