Newcastle Win Next Two Games And We’re In Good Shape


With Liverpool drawing 2-2 with Champions Manchester City yesterday,  all the top sides other then Chelsea have dropped points in their opening games of the season, and Chelsea are top having won their first three league games.

Alan Pardew at Stamford Bridge on Saturday

Arsenal have picked up only two draws, and didn’t score and didn’t concede in their first two games, but made hard work of it at Stoke yesterday, and they still find it hard to score goals – and they will not have van Persie this season either.

Swansea and Everton are joint second top to Chelsea with two wins each, and it’s a change to see Everton start the season strongly, and they have looked very good in their first two games of the season, and could be challenging for a top six place this season.

Newcastle are on 3 points and 9th top, but it’s very early in the season to judge how we will do, and Alan Pardew likes to wait until the first 10 games have been played,  to assess how the lads are doing.

But the next two games are both at home and it’s important that we win these two games.

On  Thursday night we play Atromitos in the second leg of the qualifying tie, to reach the group stages of the Europa League, and a win will see us through.

A 0-0 draw would also see Newcastle qualify on the  away goals rule, but we’re sure Alan Pardew will want to see his side beat the Greek Super League side in front of the home fans.

And then the lads will have until Sunday before we take on Aston Villa, and we have won the fixture in the last two seasons, and a win will see us handily  placed in the league with 6 points from our first two games.

And Aston Villa have lost their first two games under new manager Paul Lambert, so the pressure will be on Villa on Sunday at St. James’ Park.

It’s very possible that Newcastle can win both games but we will need to show more bite in front of goal if we are to win both games.

We even think that Ryan Taylor could be held back for the Aston Villa game and start at right back – but with three days rest he could even start both games – and Ryan looks in great form and gives us that little bit extra with his free kicks and corners.

So before the International break starts next week,  Newcastle have a good chance to qualify for the Europa League groups stages, and also have 6 points from our first three league games, and if we can do that then Newcastle will be in decent shape.

There’s no need to panic because we lost on Saturday, and it seems a lot more sides will find Chelsea much tougher this season than last season – when they won the Champions League for the first time.

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25 comments so far

  • pbNcl

    Aug 27, 2012 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #1

    I can see a good ending to the week on all fronts…

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  • Beattie25

    Aug 27, 2012 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #2

    Sign some players and win the next 2 and were in good shape.

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  • t00ntime

    Aug 27, 2012 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #3

    Tbf our next 5 games are winnable and our 3rd one (everton) is very important we win, because imo if we are going for top 5 we will be fightin everton for 5th place and arsenal for 4th

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  • Beattie25

    Aug 27, 2012 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #4

    I feel a good end coming too.

    It’ll be a long 5 days but ultimately a successful 5 days I feel!

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  • TorqToon

    Aug 27, 2012 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #5

    Toontime – To be fair on the lad, sage, I think he only stated that there was going to be a big signing announcement on that particular day. He assumed it would be a signing of some kind when in fact it turned out to be Graham Carr signing a new extended contract.

    Not sure he mentioned any names or anything to be fair. I like the lad and moreso now he contributes to the banter and debate on here rather than just coming across as an ITK.

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  • nico

    Aug 27, 2012 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #6

    I’m looking forward to being there on Thursday and seeing the Toon in Europe again. Hopefully by Friday all thoughts of negativity will be gone as we will have got into the group stages and bought a couple of players which will set us up for the season.

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  • t00ntime

    Aug 27, 2012 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #7

    @torqtoon yeah he normally gives vague information and then says what/who he thinks it is. He is better then colin on twitter xD dont think he has been right once yet :S

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  • TorqToon

    Aug 27, 2012 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #8

    PbNcl & Beattie – So glad that you boys share my optimism !! Had to step away from this blog after the Chelsea game as all the neggers and trolls came out of the woodwork, calling for Pardews sacking and Cissé’s transfer!!! Mugs!

    Glad you lads are about!! Think a good win on Thursday, tear villa a new one in the next game and some strengthening in the transfer market in between will keep the neggers away !! HWTL

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  • TorqToon

    Aug 27, 2012 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #9

    Toontime – Colin Cwarr is a total joke!!! Forgotten the amount of ‘confirmed signings’ he has exclusively announced….yet never appeared!!!

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  • nico

    Aug 27, 2012 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #10

    Promising news on Douglas. Still could do with a striker unless Pards has faith in young Campbell.

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  • pbNcl

    Aug 27, 2012 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #11

    Yep yep yep

    All positive round here TorqToon! Aye there was a lot of sh1te spouted after the chelsea game it was embarrasing!

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  • nico

    Aug 27, 2012 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #12

    TorqToon

    There was definately some knee jerk reactions to the aftermath of the Chelsea game. Chelsea were good but after spending that much money they should be. Thought we played okay but would prefere Ba on the left or to rotate Ba and Cisse up front especially if we are to bring no more forwards in. I’ve never thought Ba and Cisse have played well together, they are just to similar in style.

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  • NUFC141

    Aug 27, 2012 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #13

    lets close this mth wif some gd results and signings before the international break! wat i most fear is abt the signings.. need more attacking power!!!

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  • TorqToon

    Aug 27, 2012 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #14

    It WAS embarrassing!!! But there are the true fans like the ones we see on here regularly, and the fair weather fans that appear after a bad result and p1s5 everybody off. Let’s hope we don’t hear from them again in a while!!

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  • nico

    Aug 27, 2012 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #15

    29th August 2012 – Kick off 19:45
    Lille (0) v (1) FC Copenhagen
    This is an interesting game with Copenhagen 1-0 up from the first leg. Will it mean Debuchy leaves if Lille go out of the Champs League?

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  • TorqToon

    Aug 27, 2012 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #16

    Nico – I believe so. I think Lille face a €20mil hit should they fair to qualify.

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  • nico

    Aug 27, 2012 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #17

    Can’t understand why fans say things like ‘Pards out’. Only mupperts would say stuff like that. Pards is a good manager who makes the right call more often than not.

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  • nico

    Aug 27, 2012 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #18

    TorqToon
    Yes, that could just tip the deal in our favour. I don’t mind Simpson as right back defensively but when he attacks he doen’t look dangerous. Raylor might end off playing there, his set pieces are excellent and we look so more dangerous. Cabaye’s set pieces are dissappointing, its really one part of his game he needs to improve. Some Beckham style after training practice is needed I think.

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  • bazrazmataz

    Aug 27, 2012 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #19

    I don’t think lile will have much trouble turning over a one nil deficit at home against a Danish side

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  • Szarka

    Aug 27, 2012 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #20

    We need two wins. Obviusly hope Tav wont start Thursday, only as a sub. Also we need those who made better performances ( Raylor, Amalfitano ). 3 days to rest, and no travel is enough, so hope this will be vs the greek side:

    Harper – Santon, Colo, Taylor, Raylor – Anita, Bigi – Jonas, Cabaye, Amalfitano – Ba.

    Youngster can be subed if were leading .
    Subs:
    Krul,Tavernier, Vuckic, Marveux, Willo, Cisse.

    If we dont learn from the first leg we might not make the group stage.

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  • ballerfan2

    Aug 27, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #21

    The tone of the blog is rather better today thank goodness. I visited the thread yesterday and lasted about 5 minutes after reading some of the rubbish that was being spouted after the Chelsea game. We really do have more than our fair share of “fans” who live in cloud cuckoo land. I don’t apologise for repeating my post from last season after a dodgy spell which brought out the negs in force.

    “Unrealistic! Deluded! These were terms levelled at the Newcastle supporter just a short time ago. When we were relegated a number of those who made those accusations smirked mockingly at the downfall of our club. And you know what – a large number of Toon fans only had themselves to blame. There are many who are only too willing to blame Freddie Shepherd alone for the sacking of SBR, conveniently forgetting the part they themselves played after Newcastle United had plunged to the depths of 5th!!!!. Sir Bobby was accused of having lost the dressing room discipline and “fans” demanded his “retirement”. Enter Souness and the fan led revolving door into the manager’s office, and consequent downward spiral of our club, culminating in the eventual embarrassment of relegation. And all mainly caused by unrealistic demands of supporters.

    Relegation at least seemed to have a sobering effect and the attitude of the fans became much more sensible. With promotion came a more realistic feel with targets much more modest and attainable – and with it came relative success AND a much greater respect among fans and media outwith our club. Pardew and the powers at Newcastle have brought in a team of talented and hungry young players while Ashley has put the club on a stable financial footing with the LONG TERM plan of putting the club permanently back on the big stage. A high league position seems to suggest that those plans are taking shape.

    Re-enter the childish “ but I want it NOW” mob, just when we seemed to have lived down the “deluded” tag. Despite all the bricks being gradually put into place it is not enough for some. Those who demanded SBR’s retiral are back – maybe not the same faces but certainly the same spoilt “gimme now” type that was responsible for making our club a laughing stock among supporters elsewhere as well as in the national press. NUFC is a work in progress and is in good hands, despite protestations to the contrary by those who for some reason believe they know better than the professionals. The club is now the envy of many other premier league teams who would love to be where we are just now. We are not the best team in the league but are far from the worst and we are heading in the right direction. We will not win every game and may even lose games against teams we shouldn’t lose to, but that will happen to the very best too.

    I would encourage those with negative thoughts to get a greater perspective on what is happening to Newcastle United and get behind the team even when things go “pear shaped” as they sometimes will. If that is too difficult a concept to grasp, it’s another way of saying – GROW UP!”

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  • Munster Mag

    Aug 27, 2012 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #22

    We’ll be in better shape if Ashley gets the players that Pardew needs. Its my old question again – how willing are we to push the boat out, but safely??

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  • ballerfan2

    Aug 27, 2012 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #23

    The negativity is alive on one of the Chronicle’s blogs. The post that somehow takes the biscuit though says that Cisse must wish he was back at Freiburg because they had a better right back. Jeeeeez ??????????

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  • t00ntime

    Aug 27, 2012 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #24

    i was pissed after the chelsea game (i always get angry when we lose xD) but its important that after 10mins of been angry u look at the result and ask if it was really that bad. Sure enough i realised its ok, chelsea are top 3 material, 2-0 away isnt bad (we deserved a goal)
    I was even able to laugh about it.

    Then i came on here and 12hours after the match peoPle were still shouting an spouting bullsh1t lol

    Some fans need to learn how to put things in to perspective, if we lose against villa i will be joining them xD cause that really wud be bad lol

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  • couchy-spennymoor-mags

    Aug 27, 2012 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #25

    Hopefully Ashley gets cheque book out!!
    After all,us Geordies deserve it. Hopefully a rb,cb and I hope we get remy!! This lad would be better value than ac all day. He offers more attacking options as he can play on right wing. Not slating Jonas but we need a right winger who can cross a ball and score more goals!!!

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