A Win Will Put Us In Top Eight – That’s Where We Need To Be

Newcastle have four draws in our first 7 games of the season, and while it’s good they were not defeats, real success in the league comes from putting a string of wins together, and we hope we can get back to our winning ways tomorrow afternoon, against Chris Hughton’s Norwich City side.

Alan Pardew – we need a win to take us into top eight

And while the Newcastle fans will be keen to welcome Chris Hughton back before the game, Alan Pardew admits Newcastle have now moved on in the last (almost) two years since Chris was fired by Newcastle.

This is some of what the Newcastle manager had to say today:

“We have moved on, but the spirit that was put in by those players and by Chris, has continued here. It is easy to build on.”

“You can’t underestimate getting out of the Championship, and although I thought Mike Ashley and the board were brave in letting him keep all the best players, you’ve still got to do the job.”

“And I know from trying to get out of the Championship that it’s very, very tough. It’s a very hard job and he did a terrific part of that.”

“But Norwich have got some good players and they had some good results last season, so it’s a game that for us that would probably put us in the top eight if we win – and that’s where we want to be.”

“If Chris has to go home unhappy, I’d only want it to be on a professional level, that’s all.”

This is a game we should be winning if we are to do well in the league again this season, and it seems that Demba Ba has found his scoring touch, with 3 goals this season so far, but Papiss Cisse still has to find his.

We could well see the two Senegal strikers start the game tomorrow, but don’t be surprised if the in-form Shola Ameobi gets a decent run out in the second half tomorrow, and the Nigerian-born striker looked in good form on Thursday evening in Madeira and was unlucky not to score on two occasions, with the ball hitting the bar.

Newcastle didn’t have too much trouble last season scoring goals, but so far this term they’ve been a little hard to come by, and in our 7 games we’ve scored only 7 goals.

If we are to start winning these games we need to put that ball into the back of the net more often – and maybe we can start doing that against Norwich City tomorrow.

We hope so.

Comments welcome.

13 comments so far

  • nico

    Sep 22, 2012 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #1

    We really need to be beating teams like Norwich by 2 or 3 goals

  • Jackson1989

    Sep 22, 2012 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #2

    pardew best listen in play a 4312 , i think willo is looking abit slack so having 3 in front of back 2 wud b gud, and it sets up great for a counter, and have benny n tht cam/free role slot wud b amazing to see, i hope he at least tries it once this season

  • 89Norcal

    Sep 22, 2012 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #3

    As inconsistent as it’s been, I think Pards should start Ba AND Cisse. He can’t let Cisse sit on his hands for 60 minutes, he needs to get some goals!

    Just Don’t do a 4-3-3. I agree with Jackson, do a 4312 and let Ben Arfa run wild behind the 2 Dembas, that will keep them from standing in place 18 yards out, they’ll be forced to run across each other more than a 4-3-3

  • catchy in norway

    Sep 22, 2012 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #4

    this is a game we should win,

    but he has to set the team right from the start, this means if playing 2 up front, give them a good supply line, HBA and marv for me on the wings,

    i think your so wrong about shola though, you call him a veteran , so that means we all know what will get from him, which on his day he looks a good player, but those days are few and far between, and even on his good days , you dont get goals out of him, sometimes it is better to blood the young players against teams like norwich, and not man u

  • Ketsbaia9

    Sep 22, 2012 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #5

    Is Simpson back? Hope he isn’t. We need to make sure we win this game.

  • Burni

    Sep 22, 2012 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #6

    Good suggestions from Jackson and norcal. I hope he does keep both ba and cisse on as they are both extremely good on their day just ba seems to be more in form. Ben arfa, imo, has been screaming out for the free role as he seems to be the only player this season who has any imagination. As everyone else has said, we should be winning this, I hope this can be where our season begins.

  • ~Anita One Bites the Dust~

    Sep 22, 2012 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #7

    A team I’d personally like to see play tomorrow (since we are missing key players) and because pardew normally starts with 442

    ~~Ben Arfa~~Cabaye~~Jonas~~~Marv

  • Burni

    Sep 22, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #8

    Kets simmo is not back yet I dont think. I think simmo is one of our most consistent, hard working players we have on the team. U know how many tackles he has made to stop definite goals? How many goal line clearances? It amazes me that ppl do not rate this guy

  • scdoty

    Sep 22, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #9


    I read this blog everyday and listen to everybodys point of view & yes some are a little bit stupid even a little mental. BUT you my friend are the biggest F***ing idiot i have ever known to come on here. All of you views are stupid, do you not get it when everybody on the blog is slating you?

    But back to the reason ive logged in.

    You are wishing one of our players isnt back from an injury, are you that F***ing stupid normally, or do you have to go to UNI to study Daftness?

    Grow up you moron.


  • jawballsaswallwell

    Sep 22, 2012 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #10

    I don’t rate him terribly highly, happy to see Anita continue at fullback. Jonas and Cabs in the middle if Tiote isn’t fit, Marveaux out wide to show a little faith in a good player and either one of Perch or Willo at the back as either would do a more than solid job at home against the likes of Norwich. Cisse and Ba to continue together up front of course, two top players that we have to persevere with as the success of our season will be greatly shaped by whether we can get them working well in tandem.

  • Ketsbaia9

    Sep 22, 2012 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #11

    We might have a chance of winning if Williamson and Simpson aren’t in the starting 11.

    Simpson is overrated. He is the worst right-back in the league by a mile. Anyone can clear a ball off the line.

  • Ketsbaia9

    Sep 22, 2012 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #12

    I think the comments against me on here are ridiculous. I don’t deserve this as I’m just stating an opinion, which in reality is really a fact.

    It’s not just me that’s criticising the weak-links, It’s football pundits as well.

  • Graeme

    Sep 22, 2012 at 8:24 PM

    Comment #13

    After today’s results, as far as I can see, we will only make it into the top eight IF we win by at least 2 clear goals!!

    Just means the defence have to be actually awake when we kick off and play like they did last season. It also means that the attack have to understand what the objective of the game is – stick the ball in the effing oppositions goal!!

    Its not rocket science, its what they train a few hours a day for and receive a bloody fortune every week!!

    Perhaps the team would be kind enough to demonstrate the collective art, starting at 1500 tomorrow!!


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