13 Points From Next 6 Games – We’re On Par With Last Season


We mentioned in an earlier article that in tour first 11 games this season we have 14 points and that is 11 points short of the total we had in our unbeaten 11 game s=run to start of last season when we had 25 points, from 7 wins and four draws.

Cheick Tiote – back next Saturday

However, We then ran into a tough patch starting at Manchester City and the next six games we picked up only two draws and four defeats as we got draws at Manchester United and Swansea, but lost to Manchester City, Chelsea, Norwich and West Brom.

So for instance, if Newcastle can get 13 points out of the next 18 points played for – we’ll be on the same points total we had last years after 17 games – 27.

And the next six league games are the following:

Swansea (H), Southampton (A), Stoke (A), Wigan (H), Fulham (A) and Manchester City (H).

If we can pick up four wins out of those six games we’ll almost be on par with where we were last season after 17 games, so that’s one way of looking at things at the moment – and it’s not impossible to get four wins out of those games, since we are playing four teams below us in the league table right now.

Keep the faith.

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118 comments so far

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Nov 12, 2012 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #1

    Thank you Ed, much appreciated.

    Smile everyone…

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  • nick_9

    Nov 12, 2012 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #2

    13 points would be a great return but i’m not so sure we will get that many. We have only amassed 3 wins from 11 so far. The next five games are not the hardest but they are by no means easy. Swansea will exploit the space and give us a good game, no away game is easy in this league and wigan and man city could also be tricky. If we was firing on all cylinders i might think differently.

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  • Graeme

    Nov 12, 2012 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #3

    Yeah, right, in your dreams lol

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  • toonLYF

    Nov 12, 2012 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #4

    Hopefully Tiote stays calm whilst playing with his standard aggression on Saturday. I can imagine Sunday’s game was a hard one for him to watch as essentially, the game was lost in the centre of the pitch where we had no fight or grit. Cheick will be fired up i imagine, and with Swansea’s fairly small and un-physical team, i am confident we can do a better job in the middle of the park and finally try to really control a game for the first time this season.

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  • toonLYF

    Nov 12, 2012 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #5

    U21 game v Manu if anyone is interested.

    Xisco, Amalfitano, Tav and Abeid all starting.

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  • BelfastMagpie

    Nov 12, 2012 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #7

    Every season when we have a run of winable games we never do well.

    Think Hughton lost his job the last time it happened.

    Swansea game will be more difficult than West Ham.

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  • seancavaz

    Nov 12, 2012 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #8

    Last post of the day as I’m off to see Michael McIntyre at the Arena, a nice end to a comical weekend 🙂

    Anyways my predictions

    Swansea (H) 4-1 Southampton (A) 0-3 Stoke (A) 2-2 Wigan (H) 2-1, Fulham (A) 2-3and Manchester City (H) 1-3

    My enthusiastic prediction on how we’ll get those 13 points and how all the doom and gloom would have lifted ;-D

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  • Marty-Toon

    Nov 12, 2012 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #9

    By the look of those teams we should be able to get those wins.
    The oly thing stopping us is those teams out passing us and our lack of creativity.
    Oops,is my negativity from the last few league games getting the better of me?
    We are just playing one or two players on the field that shouldn’t be in the team.
    Hopefully we can turn this poor form around

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  • Marty-Toon

    Nov 12, 2012 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #10

    Ok,I’m off to play some football on astro turf.
    Hope my team can pass the ball better than the Toon yesterday

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  • Conaldo (The Wizard)

    Nov 12, 2012 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #11

    Team vs Swansea

    Assuming worst on injuries
    Krul
    Santon Saylor Willo fergie
    Anita tiote cabaye
    Ben arfa ba sammeobi

    That should give us the mixture of aggressiveness, bite, flair and composure that we have been missing.
    Swansea have been playing well but we should be able to win comfortably if we turn up.

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  • Toon XI

    Nov 12, 2012 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #12

    Don’t see us taking 13 points. We look like a complacent squad with no fire. Don’t see it changing anytime soon. I hate to see us in this state come January. We may lose some “names” as they will jump ship. Have to wonder if something is amiss in the changing room and possibly affecting our performances on the pitch.

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  • chris

    Nov 12, 2012 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #13

    should play the players playing tonight on saturday drop some of our so called big stars cabeye benny most first teamers see if its the kick they have been needing all season they can keep under ferforming because no matter how bad they play they no they will still get picked week in week out

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  • tequilamag

    Nov 12, 2012 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #14

    Toonlyf good stream there mate cheers

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  • breno95

    Nov 12, 2012 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #15

    All ifs and buts about picking up the points and we will be matching last seasons tally at the same stage but I will comment and say that if we want to start winning games then pace in the side is a must. Therefore IMO it’s simple.
    AP has to choose either Ba or Cisse not both to play up front. Behind whoever he opts for I would have HBA as the 2nd striker.
    The midfield would be a central 3 of Anita and Tiote holding with Obertan RM and a choice from Sammy, Fergie or Marveaux LM and a back 4 of DS, FC, ST and DSanton with Krul in between the sticks.
    I would go with Ba and Marveaux on LM but either way we have a solid CM with the wide men tracking back when we do not have the ball but we also have pace to break fast and players in Anita and Cabaye who can play the right ball to Ba or HBA who will be in the final 3rd of the pitch instead of out wide right or worse still dropping into our half to just get on the ball.
    In January I would be very happy to see Debuchy, Douglas and Sissoko arrive for 2million each due to the fact they are out of contract at the end of season. Would rather bite the bullet and get them now as it would pay for itself by the end of the season.
    The summer would only require another LB and ST IMO accepting that we lose no one that is.

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  • Tsunki

    Nov 12, 2012 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #16

    Marty – I too am about to thunder around an astro pitch. We must be dedicated or insane or both 🙂

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  • catchy in norway

    Nov 12, 2012 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #17

    right ibiza

    my team

    no injuries just a fit squad

    —————–krul—————-
    tav–saylor–colo–santon
    ——————-tiote—————-
    sammy————————ferg
    —————–cabaye———–
    ———–HBA——————-
    ———————BA————-

    subs
    elliote
    williamson
    anita
    vuckic
    romain
    cisse
    bigi

    there would be no place at all in my squad for
    shola
    obertan
    simpson
    jonas
    perch

    i believe obertan should start in a much lower league

    simpson is a steady player, but very limited in hi ability

    shola, how many more years should we wait for his promise to shine, its time to give another young gun the chance he has had for many a year now

    jonas is the hardest one to drop, but he offers the team very little, and nothing more than any of the kids could offer

    perch ,,other than him tackling, what does he offer the team, ppl ssay he is versatile, all profesional footballers are versatile, but stick him in defence and i think he is a liability , how always looks nervous back there,

    as rodgers said yesterday, you can play any system you like and if the players arnt up to it, your wasting your time,
    time for pardew to man up and play his players in a more attck minded formation,

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  • terencelim

    Nov 12, 2012 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #18

    Watching the U21 vs ManUtd. Xisco almost scored again.

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  • catchy in norway

    Nov 12, 2012 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #19

    forgot to mention,,

    SACK PARDEW

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  • Tsunki

    Nov 12, 2012 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #20

    breno – eerily my pattern of thought that. You have been warned.

    Our lack of pace and bit in the last third is why teams have at us. We should attack more & faster, and NO not route one because Colo is the only player I know who can play a decent upfield ball tat actually finds someone other than a steward (YES Tim, I do know what I am saying). HBA is only losing the ball because he is picking it up in crap areas or too far back with little support and ends u going it alone. I am certain all he would want for crimbo is a nifty-footed player to ping one-two’s with but hey what can you do? And by You I mean Pards. And by nifty-footed I mean Hazard. Huh, I wish ha ha.

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  • Tsunki

    Nov 12, 2012 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #21

    Catchy – your name mentions it for you so you dont actually need to. 🙂

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  • Conaldo (The Wizard)

    Nov 12, 2012 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #22

    Who mentioned Debuchy? My double dreamboat senses are tingling 🙂

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  • Tsunki

    Nov 12, 2012 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #23

    Catchy – I do like your ‘fit’ squad though. Ba/Cisse though, any of those would work imo. would put a bit of fire under us.

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  • Tsunki

    Nov 12, 2012 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #24

    Debuchy!
    Debuchy!
    That boy is h….

    dont start that again pleaseeeeeee…..

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  • Ashton

    Nov 12, 2012 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #25

    Can’t see us capitalizing on this good run of winnable games. Our players are confused and don’t know what they are doing on the pitch. We are unorganized and clueless when we have the ball. Because the players don’t know what to do with it. So they just hoof it and hope for a hail mary goal. We’ve been very very lucky this season and it finally looks as though our luck is running out.

    It’s a miracle that we have 14 points because we didn’t deserve more than half of these points this season.

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  • chris

    Nov 12, 2012 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #26

    play fergie on the left not marv every time ive seen him play he issont the anser oberton is better and he is no good in the prem

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  • nimo

    Nov 12, 2012 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #27

    Paul west… where u live ill drop them off whenyour not in;)

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  • Ian Toon

    Nov 12, 2012 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #28

    Something I wanted to address earlier but didn’t get to it concerned Sam Allardyce and suggestions that he was a good manager for us.
    The passage of time must clearly play tricks! I recall all to well us giving Derby 4 of the 11 points they got that season whilst he was in charge. Boxing Day at Wigan and a 1-0 defeat which is for me the very worst performance I have seen from the Toon. Again I recall Mike Ashley belting out the widely sung ” We’re shite and were sick of it”. That aside his unpopularity was based on his total arrogance, style of play and that he had no time for fans. Just the opposite of Pardew who actively seeks out the travelling fans for their input. He always says at the outset how much time he’s got and sticks to it. A very straight forward operator as many can testify.
    Let’s not forget that we got rid of Barton and Nolan because we wanted more mobility in midfield. The midfield is the key for vast improvement . We’ve got the players and Pardew will find the way to get the best out of them. For me this is having the confidence to take the shackles off HBA and Cabaye and get them performing as part of a the three behind either Cisse or Ba.
    Ibiza- I see you also favour a 4-2-3-1 formation but are undecided( when I last looked) on whom should be on the left in the three well I think Marveaux would complete a French triumvirate or Obertan who would inject pace. With Tiote and Anita providing a disciplined defensive hold over two attacking full backs namely Santon and Fergi.
    Munster- I have not noticed any weakness in Santon’s ability left or right as regards crossing but I will scrutinise. Some blamed him for a poor clearance for WHU’s goal but not me. He continues to impress with every passing game.

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  • Tsunki

    Nov 12, 2012 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #29

    Well I’d better get ready to collect rubber mud in me shinners. Later all.

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  • tequilamag

    Nov 12, 2012 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #30

    Newcastle better team so far Abeid looks tidy with his passing

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  • Conaldo (The Wizard)

    Nov 12, 2012 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #31

    Tsunki – lets not start. We all know its ends with the entire blog doing the grand finale dressed in American football gear dancing around the centre circle of st James park singing – the booooooyyyyy iiisssss haaaaaaaarrrrdddd tooooooo geeeeeeet!!!!!!!

    Then fireworks etc, its a real ordeal to organise so let’s just leave it 🙂

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  • catchy in norway

    Nov 12, 2012 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #32

    tnski

    noted 😉

    its like chalk and cheese lol

    the under21s are playing football

    romain looks a very good plyer

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  • catchy in norway

    Nov 12, 2012 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #33

    its a strange concept this,, there crossing the ball into the middle,,

    i thought the idea was to get get the whole club playing one style,,

    no long ball

    beardsly,, what are you doing

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  • tequilamag

    Nov 12, 2012 at 7:34 PM

    Comment #34

    Catchy are you sure Amal has hardly had a kick

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  • tequilamag

    Nov 12, 2012 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #35

    Lovely pass from Xisco

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  • Jinky Jim

    Nov 12, 2012 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #36

    Tsunki I see you reached 99 again

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  • Conaldo (The Wizard)

    Nov 12, 2012 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #37

    Beardsley out. We demand hoofball

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  • chris

    Nov 12, 2012 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #38

    pardew has had time to get his formation right is it the players or is it pardew at fault all teams no how we are going to set up and play qpr carnt get a win for the love of money but would fancy there chances against us sparky boss the midfield and there on a winner how long before the players get there act together or pardew gets his tactics right

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  • darrenfletcher88

    Nov 12, 2012 at 8:14 PM

    Comment #39

    No chance of getting that point total

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  • Pushy Pardew

    Nov 12, 2012 at 8:30 PM

    Comment #40

    chris- We have a small squad which has been hit by suspensions and injuries. Unlike last season. Consistency in selection is difficult and not helped by our involvement in the Europa League. None of which is the managers fault. It’s a long season and fortunes do change quite often for the better.

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