Alan Pardew is trying to keep his Newcastle players concentrating on how they can get all 3 points on Sunday at Goodison Park.
Alan Pardew – hoping for a win at Everton
In the last game of last season, at home to West Brom, Newcastle finished the season on a very low note, when they conceded three goals in the last 30 minutes to draw 3-3 and lose the chance of finishing in 9th place that a win would have guaranteed.
And not only that, but it allowed Sunderland to finish above us in the league.
A defeat at Everton would mean that Newcastle have lost three of their last four games, after winning 6 games in a row, and that would be a poor way to end such a great season.
But a win will mean Newcastle have won 8 of their last 10 games, and they would have a chance to go up to 3rd place in the league table, if both Arsenal and Tottenham lose, and what a way that would be to finish the season!
Newcastle fans would be in high orbit indeed, and to think we wouldn’t have to come back to earth until August – when next season starts. 😀
But come to think of it Newcastle have a lot of transfer business to complete once the season ends.
Alan Pardew has said this today to the local press:
“It’s an exciting game to be involved in. It could be a crucial day for us.” “It’s the type of end-of-season game where we know what we’re going to need to do.”
“The way the world is, with the technology fans have, we know that scores will be filtering through.” “It will be tough. We just have to focus on our own result.”
“Without a win for us we know we are nothing on the day – regardless of what happens elsewhere.” “It’s a strange sort of day for us because of the other two games linked.”
“Knowing that we are going to finish fifth is a big boost for us.” “We just go to Everton looking for the win. After that we’ll see.” “We could still end the day in third for all we know.”
Newcastle can only go up in the league table on Sunday with the results, since they are guaranteed their current position of 5th place, with Chelsea 4 points behind the Magpies – and who would have thought that was possible last August?
But for Newcastle to go up to 3rd place – Arsenal would have to lose at West Brom, as a point would put them above Newcastle on goal difference on 68 points, even if Newcastle won.
All Newcastle can do on Sunday is to go to Everton and try to win that game, go all out for the win, and if the lads can play as well in defense as they did against Manchester City last Sunday, we have a good chance to do just that.
It would need some goals from Papiss Cisse, when he gets just a half chance, but the Everton defense will not be as strong as City’s was, that’s for sure.
A win is what Newcastle deserve to finish this great season with, and that’s what we are hoping for on Sunday.
Howay The Lads!!
What do you think?