Newcastle lost 2-0 on Sunday to Manchester City but they are still in 5th position, one point behind Tottenham and 2 points behind Arsenal with one game to go.
Yohan Cabaye challenges Carlos Tevez on Sunday
So although Sunday’s result was a disappointment, a big disappointment, the display was not and Newcastle showed they can play very solidly when they have to, and the 15 clean sheets this season is testament to that.
But City were just that little bit better over the last 30 minutes, when it really counted and got all 3 points.
Newcastle must now go to Everton on Sunday and try to get 3 points in what is always a difficult place to go, but we have to hope that Papiss Cisse and Demba Ba are in goal scoring form next Sunday, and then anything is still possible.
Yohan Cabaye has had an excellent first season in the Premier League and he has turned out to be a terrific buy for the club.
The French International knows that Newcastle must now take the 3 points at Goodison Park:
“‘It’s going to be a difficult match against Everton. We knew even if we won against Manchester City, we would have to win at Everton.”
It’s been a very, very good season no matter what. We’ve played brilliantly again against Man City.” “There were 52,000 fans supporting us.”
They’re there every weekend, so we really have to play for the supporters. We must give everything. It’s been a great season.”
“There’s one match left, and we must try our hardest to try and get as high up the table as we can.” “It wasn’t enough in the end.”
“We tried everything, and although we lost, we weren’t disappointed with the performance. We gave everything.”
Some fans were critical of Alan Pardew’s tactics on Sunday, but you have to realize that Man City had some top players out there, and they are in form when it matters, so just holding that side for 70 minutes was an accomplishment for our lads.
Newcastle can still finish anywhere from 3rd place to 6th place, but we are hoping that Liverpool can wake up and beat Chelsea at Anfield today.
If they can do that, then Newcastle are least guaranteed 5th place, and that would presumably mean we go straight into the Europa League group stages.
I’d hate to be a Liverpool fan right now, since they have massively under-performed this season, and on the other hand Newcastle have massively over-performed.
But Newcastle must now keep that up, and that’s why we think we’ll see yet another good transfer season for Newcastle in the summer.
Newcastle are definitely on their way back to the big time – no doubt about that.
We love it and we’re very proud of our team.