Newcastle Only 6 Points Out Of 6th Place

There’s no doubt that Newcastle’s 3-0 win against Wigan on Monday night was monumental for Newcastle and not only did we break our four game losing streak in the league, but we improved our goal difference, which is still only -4, and in the 15 games we’ve played we have only 17 goals – so goals are still hard to come by this season for Newcastle.

Tim Krul – manager stability a big help

And of course Demba Ba has 10 of those 17 league goals, so we don’t want to lose this lad in January – no way.

Tim Krul was upbeat about Newcastle’s chances yesterday, now that we are getting some of our players back from injury, and he’s pleased the manager has a long term contract on Tyneside:

“It’s important to have no doubts about the manager’s position, it was our fault – not the manager’s – and of course we had injuries but we’re not allowed to blame that, we just didn’t play well.” “We knew that and the manager was saying that to us. “

“Everyone knew we weren’t playing like we did last year. In football you go through bad spells, we even did last year. We had a few bad games but hopefully we’ve been through that period now and we can kick on.” “Of course the contracts and the stability help.”

“When the manager signs an eight-year deal and the staff is committed, it’s perfect because you need that. There’s been not one whisper about the manager, but then he’s signed an eight-year contract!” “We’re not far away from the top end of the table.”

“The league is quite tight this year and a few wins puts you right back up there and keeps everyone at rest a little bit.” “We knew this year with Europe it wasn’t going to be easy. We knew it was going to be tough to achieve the same as we did last year but just get the confidence back and who knows?”

“We’re in the next round in Europe, we’ve got the FA Cup to look forward to and the league, hopefully we can climb up the league as soon as possible.” “When you lose four times in a row it’s unacceptable for a club like Newcastle. Everybody was just more shocked than anything but I think fair play to the lads, we stuck together and spoke about it.”

“We knew we had to work hard and that’s what we did. We started at Stoke and we did it on Monday again. I’m just glad everyone stuck together and we got our reward.”

Newcastle have 17 points from their first 15 league games, and that’s now 9 points less than we had last season at this time, after we had gone down to successive defeats at home to Chelsea and at Norwich City.

Newcastle are 5 points above 3rd bottom Southampton, and we have a better goal difference, and we are only 6 points out of 6th place and Everton and Swansea on 23 points- so if we can get some good results in the next few games we can climb the league quickly.

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12 comments so far

  • Dannyo

    Dec 5, 2012 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #1

    Tough few games coming in December tho Ed.
    Hopefully we can get on a roll, and someone has to knock City off their unbeaten throne 😉

  • Dannyo

    Dec 5, 2012 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #2

    Aye, i can understand the immidiate reaction, but it shouldn’t have come out loud in that way IF that is how it was said.

  • Papiss9

    Dec 5, 2012 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #3

    Let’s hope we can start winning games again.. Loved Marvaux against Wigan.

    Last season away against Fulham was a nightmare in the second half, let’s hope we have learned from this. I believe this is a match we have to win if we want to fight for a place in the top 6. A winning run and 3 new quality players in january (I know it’s unrealistic) would make this season very exciting.

  • Dannyo

    Dec 5, 2012 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #4

    Hangeland will still be suspended too will he not? A weakness for them that if tbh. Playing HBA and Marv together on their current form should unlock them.

  • Papiss9

    Dec 5, 2012 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #5

    I’m not sure, but i Think Hangeland is back again.. That’s good for Fulham, but I think they are still missing Dempsey and Dembele

  • Papiss9

    Dec 5, 2012 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #6

    They are more predictable now, since both Dempsey and Dembele can unlock defences at any time.

  • Ian Toon

    Dec 5, 2012 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #7

    Catchy- sorry to hear you’ve gone down with norovirus. Thought
    you were showing signs of it right up to Monday evening.

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Dec 5, 2012 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #8

    Shame we’ve seem to have only kicked in to gear now, with some tough games coming up. I still maintain when we play at our best or near enough to our best we are a good match to any PL side. I’m not expecting too much before the New Year, but I do also expect us to give it a go. If we can be top 10 in January it will be good enough to push on from imo.

    Papiss…Marv and Benny should be exciting to watch together. What’s your views on Pardew not playing him much before now? I’ve seen a lot of people angry towards Pardew and saying things like it’s what he did last year with Benny.

    Did anyone see any brilliance in the Everton game from Marv? Is it not reasonable to think he needed some more time and motivation to actually bring that to games? Isn’t that good management?

    We know a fair few of our squad have talent, but it’s a completely different story as to whether they will bring that to matches on a consistent basis, that’s where a good manager comes in imo.

  • Papiss9

    Dec 5, 2012 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #9

    Marv and HBA will be a joy to watch if both are in good form.

    I’ve liked Marv from day one, because of his style of play. quick and neat on the ball.

    He was not good against everton, but that’s a very difficult away fixture and it’s harsh to judge him on that performance alone. Because of that it was like he was down in pecking order.

    For me Jonas has been awful this season, but because AP “knows” what he potentially can do, he seems to have a lot of patience towards him. That’s not fair imo, when comparing the situation to Marv (who is a better winger and offensive midfielder than jonas).

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Dec 5, 2012 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #10

    Papiss….I’m not saying Marv wasn’t a good player, far from it. I know Everton away is a tough fixture, not trying to take away from that and i know no one played well, but in any appearance he’s made this season it’s looked a little half arsed and off the pace. Imo, he needed some more time and drive and it seems to have worked. No way to know for sure if he would have played better sooner, but I think it’s fair enough to assume Pardew would want his best players out there and by best I mean currently producing their best.

    Not to say Guti is showing his best, but he is more defensively dependable which would be favoured to a hit and miss attacking player.

    As of now though, Jonas will need to raise his game as whilst I would want him in the team, he seems to be edging closer and closer to the one who should be dropped with the current form of Anita and rise of Marveaux. Selection dilemma….at last!

  • Ian Toon

    Dec 5, 2012 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #11

    Ibiza-Hiya. Good Morning. I have an apology to make. You just fitted the mold being in Ibiza. I asked the question last night what does Ibiza and Phil Brown have in common. Answer- A perma tan.
    Your point on. Marve is spot on. Having had a few setbacks culminating in the Everton game it was best for him to be withdrawn to amongst other things work on his fitness. There are a group of bloggers who diligently look to find fault. I am excited at the prospect in the New Year of two new defenders + Tiote, Anita, Cabaye ,HBA
    & Marve all in the same side.
    Rotonda- I am getting worried you starting to agree with me far too often. Where am I going wrong? All managers have their favourites.
    They often play players they’ve bought when you could argue they shouldn’t . On Jonas he had an indifferent game but he covered for Fergi a lot. But for Jonas we could well have conceeded because Fergi was out of position a lot. I would choose Jonas before Fergi at present. Balance is all important particularly away from home. Fans often have preconceptions on players. Try reading comments on here
    before,during and after a game. I was guilty it was pointed out to me by one of my mates on Cabaye when he was playing badly. He had an excuse because he had been carrying an injury from Euro’s. Got to go.
    See ya.

  • Bucks mag

    Dec 5, 2012 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #12

    Timmy, Timmy Krul!

    The future Van der Sar


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