With just one game of the season to go, Newcastle can still finish anywhere from 3rd place to 6th place in the league.
Roberto Mancini and Alan Pardew shake hands before the game
Newcastle are in 5th place one point behind Tottenham and 2 points behind Arsenal, and we are four points above Chelsea who have a game in hand, and could still overtake Newcastle with two wins or 4 points from those games.
But Newcastle finished their home season of games with their 3rd defeat at St. James’ Park this season, and the truth was that even though the lads stayed close for 70 minutes, Manchester City were just about the better side yesterday.
And for a team who risked losing out on the Championship if they didn’t win, they played very well, and it was Yaya Toure who got the two late goals, after Newcastle had fought every inch of the way.
With Arsenal and Tottenham both drawing their games over the weekend, a Newcastle win could have seen us in 3rd place with one game to go – but it’s not worth thinking like that - because if just wasn’t to be.
But Alan Pardew after the game was right to talk about how the pride has been returned to Newcastle United this season.
Yesterday saw the unveiling of the great Bobby Robson bronze statue at St. James’ Park, which is a fitting remembrance to the really great man.
This is what Alan said after the game:
“The most important thing was we’ve brought some respect back to this club,”"We have tradition and history and some clubs have not got the fabric we’ve got. We unveiled the Sir Bobby Robson statue today.”
“Now we’re back competing up there it must feel good to the supporters. I really hope next year we have the same sort of season and we’re competing for a Champions League position again.”
“For them all to stay behind and pay their respects to us as we did to them was great,” “It wasn’t a shallow effort with the T-shirts saying thank you to the fans, it was a genuine thanks because I don’t think we would be in this position without them, I really don’t.”
“Our home form has been terrific and they’re a big part of that.” “It was a terrific game, you have to say that. You could sense on the touchline it was a real tight, tense affair and we’d probably done our homework on each other.”
“We were stopping them doing what they do well and they were stopping us doing what we do well. One goal was going to change the face of the game and it needed a bit of quality to do that. Yaya Touré, unfortunately, came up with it.”
“Arsenal and Spurs both need to win now and that’s pressure that could help us. Arsenal only need a point to finish in the Champions League position but they need to win because fourth is not guaranteed because of Chelsea.”
They’ve got to win, really, in case Spurs finish above them. That could be significant.”
Newcastle must now try to win their very last game at Goodison Park on Sunday, and we think there could still be some twists and turns in which clubs finish from 3rd to 6th place.
All Newcastle can really do now is to try to get all 3 points, and as usual they will have their band of traveling supporters cheering them on – big time – the great Toon Army.
The pride and passion has now returned to Newcastle United.
Howay The lads!!