Our next home game is on Sunday, 24th February against Southampton, and that’s two weeks come Sunday – and before that game we’ll have played the two Europa League ties against Ukrainian side FC Metalist Kharkiv.
Moussa Sissoko scores winning goal Saturday
And the surprising thing now is that the final 13 games of the season and the Europa League look like big chances for Newcastle to save this season, by climbing the league table as much as we can, and even getting as far as we can in the Europa League.
And that’s a huge change from what things looked like two weeks ago when we had just been beaten 2-1 by Reading, our worst result of the season, and Loic Remy had decided not to join Newcastle but to take the big money at small London club QPR – certainly he didn’t go down there to play in front of big and passionate crowds – like we have at Newcastle – that’s for sure.
And Remy is now out of action for two months with a groin injury – and we think there’s a good chance he’ll look back on his decision to move to QPR, and regret it big time – even if QPR can avoid thee drop this season.
Of course owner Tony Fernandez is continuing to spend big money to try to save QPR, and he has now brought in over 30 players by one count, since he took over the London club a short eighteen months ago – pity he didn’t buy some good players among those 30.
But back to Newcastle, and Steven Taylor has talked today about the club’s electric fans:
“It was exciting. It was just electric from our fans. I hadn’t had that feeling in a long time in the last few minutes.” “You heard the roar with everyone behind us. And that kept us going.” “We’ve got players coming back from injury.”
“I think it’s a good start. We’ve got a winning mentality back.” “We couldn’t do anything about the goals – you’ve just got to hold your hands up and accept them.” “My block near the end was as valuable a goal, but it’s not good for my family allowance!”
“It was a painful one. We knew that with the players we’ve got, we just needed a bit of luck.” “We got that. And now hopefully it continues in the last 13 games.” “It was a touch of class from Mata for the second.”
Newcastle fans have gone from fearing relegation to actually looking ahead to the final 13 games of the season, and also to the Europa League – because that at least gives Newcastle the chance of playing a very strong second team in that competition.
And with so few games remaining in the season, and the games being spread out, Newcastle could even play their first team in some of those European games.
Things are now looking incredibly bright for Newcastle United – fact!
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