Magpies Well Positioned To Move Up The League Table


We were kind of hoping for a draw in this afternoon’s Aston Villa vs West Ham game, but Villa won 2-1, and it was the first time they had won a league game since they beat Liverpool 3-1 at Anfield on December 15th – that’s 10 league games in total, so a great win today for Aston Villa.

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Alan Pardew – confident Newcastle can pull away from the drop zone

And we hope that Villa can stay up, although their win now puts them just 3 points behind Newcastle on 24 points, and Reading drop to third bottom one point worse off than Villa, and Newcastle are now only 4 points above the drop zone.

But West Ham remain in 11th place on 30 points, so Newcastle are only 3 points out of 11th place – 4 points if you include goal difference, so a couple of wins in our next two games and that should see us rise up the league table fairly quickly – and the fact is that 9 teams at least are in the relegation scrap this season, and that includes the Magpies.

West Ham are not doing too well at the moment, and in their last 6 league games they have only one win and one draw, and they have to face Tottenham, Manchester United and Chelsea in three of their next four league games.

Newcastle need to keep playing well like we’ve done in the last three games since the Reading disaster, and hopefully against the lesser sides coming up on our schedule, we can get some wins, such as at home to Southampton two weeks today.

And in order to guarantee that we have over 52,000 mad screaming Geordies in the remaining 6 league games at St. James’ Park, the club have wisely offered a 6 game package.

Here is the information taken directly from the Newcastle web site:

Newcastle United launched a new Six-Game Package earlier this week, where fans can secure their seat for the remaining home fixtures, in addition to getting a ticket for the Tyne-Wear derby absolutely free. This package is now available online and can be purchased by Members and season ticket holders by clicking here.

Anyone who is not a Member or season ticket holder is also able to purchase online by creating an account and adding a Membership and the Six-Game Package to their basket. The Six-Game Package includes all of United’s remaining home league matches, however fans only pay for five fixtures – receiving this season’s biggest game, against Sunderland, absolutely free.

The tickets start from just £110 for adults and £55 for juniors and can be bought online by clicking here, at the Box Office located within the St. James’ Park Official Club Store or by calling 0844 372 1892. The package has been launched as Newcastle United aim to fill St. James’ Park for the final six games of the season following the explosive atmosphere that led to the Magpies’ 3-2 win over Chelsea on Saturday.

Last season, tickets for the Sunderland game were sold out to Members and did not go on general sale, so purchasing this package is the best way for fans to secure their place at this highly anticipated fixture. Other games included in the package are Arsenal, Liverpool, Fulham, Stoke and Southampton – several of which have been sell-out games in previous years.

The Six-Game Package is limited to two per Member.

It’s a terrific deal and a chance to cheer on the lads to safety.

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159 comments so far

  • Graeme

    Feb 10, 2013 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #1

    I’ll be in UK for the scum game, just wouldn’t miss it lol. At least that’s a fairly safe bet for 3 points!!

    The new boys thought the atmosphere for the Chelsea game was a bit good – just wait until kick-off against the unwashed, they wont believe it. Cant hear yourself think, let alone what Pardew is shouting lol

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  • Crawfordladd17

    Feb 10, 2013 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #2

    I think we will bet the Saints which can lift us above Fulham, Mackems, Norwich, Southampton, only 1 point behind west Ham.
    Think Stoke will draw with Fulham, Norwich will draw against Everton, but Sunderland will lose to West Brom West ham lose to Spurs and Southampton lose to us, means we go up to 13th above Sunderland, Norwich and Southampton, only a one point behind West Ham and 4 behind Stoke and 7 behind West Brom. I think 3 wins and 4 draws will be enough, but think we will get 5/6 wins and 4 draws, means we should be 10-12th

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  • steinhof

    Feb 10, 2013 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #3

    I don’t hope they stay up and I’m betting no-one else who saw them gloat when they relegated us does either. In fact I’d take great pleasure in watching them sink through the league.

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  • niafron

    Feb 10, 2013 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #4

    Bonsoir messieurs.

    What are the last news? How is Gouffran doing?

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  • boater

    Feb 10, 2013 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #5

    Rotonda – So what. Jonas had been on a bad run of form – but who hasn’t this season? Seriously. The whole team’s been sub-par at one stage or another.

    We can’t have a whole team of powder-puff Marveuax’s with their 20 minutes of decent contribution. Jonas gives you 90 mins of sweat and toil up and down the pitch. It’s because of him you can allow for the technical, creative types. Balance.

    Maybe he’ll be replaced in a new look team next season fine – but to use his selection as a stick to beat Pardew with undermines your whole Anti-Pardew thread.

    Having said all that. I get more disappointed with the result yesterday the more i think about it. Pardew still has us thinking too small. I don’t like the casual acceptance of us losing to Spurs. Nor the suggestion that Gouffran’s departure meant we had no means to dig out a result. So now Gouffran not playing means we can’t hope to get a result!? They were there for the taking yesterday. And we have to look at this result in the context of the past 14 – not just the past 3 as Pardew would like to have us do.

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  • Toon-Prodigy

    Feb 10, 2013 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #6

    I’ll second that steinhof!

    Such painful memories! I’ll never forget Villa for the unwarranted cruelty. Etched into my brain!

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  • steinhof

    Feb 10, 2013 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #7

    It was all premeditated too with them bringing banners in. Plus their grounds a sh*t hole!!

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  • boater

    Feb 10, 2013 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #8

    Steinhof. At one point I felt like that about the despicable Villa gloating. But we beat them 6-0 on our return to the league which felt like the sweetest of vengeance at the time. Let go of the anger and let the sunshine in- it’s good for the soul and reflects better on us that we wouldn’t act like that as an infinitely classier set of supporters.

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  • niafron

    Feb 10, 2013 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #9

    Got a question lads:

    Is now Europa league a priority?

    I mean, if we manage to get out quickly of the red zone, the remaining of the season could be really booring…

    And we now got the possibility to have some turnover in the team.

    What do you think of it?

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  • Jamie McKellar

    Feb 10, 2013 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #10

    I feel sorry for Anita, one of our best players in the start of the season, now dropped to the bench :/

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  • steinhof

    Feb 10, 2013 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #11

    Very true Boater, that drubbing has helped a bit. I wouldn’t gloat if they were to go down, I’d have a right smirk on my face if I ever bumped into my villa supporting ex best mate though!

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  • toon1707

    Feb 10, 2013 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #12

    I was at that villa game I would love to see them relegated and lose all there star players ( all 2 of them)

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  • boater

    Feb 10, 2013 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #13

    Niafron – we’re not safe yet. Villa won and we are still in the relegation mix. Hope you’re right and we pick up 4 wins quickly and things get ‘boring’ for us of course.

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Feb 10, 2013 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #14

    Well positioned to move up the league
    I have listed the next three games featuring the teams who have 30 points and below

    Some tough games for a lot of the teams

    And If we can win our two home games then I think we will sitting in good position in a months time

    23 Feb, 12:45 Fulham v Stoke City Craven Cottage, London
    23 Feb, 15:00 Norwich City v Everton Carrow Road, Norwich
    23 Feb, 15:00 Queens Park Rangers v Manchester United Loftus Road, London
    23 Feb, 15:00 Reading v Wigan Athletic Madejski Stadium, Reading
    23 Feb, 15:00 West Brom Albion v Sunderland The Hawthorns, West Bromwich
    23 Feb, 15:00 Arsenal v Aston Villa Emirates Stadium, London
    24 Feb, 13:30 Newcastle United v Southampton Sports Direct Arena, Newcastle
    25 Feb, 20:00 West Ham United v Tottenham Hotspur Upton Park, London

    2 Mar, 15:00 Manchester United v Norwich City Old Trafford, Manchester
    2 Mar, 15:00 Everton v Reading Goodison Park, Liverpool
    2 Mar, 15:00 Southampton v Queens Park Rangers St. Mary’s Stadium, Southampton
    2 Mar, 15:00 Stoke City v West Ham United Britannia Stadium, Stoke-on-Trent
    2 Mar, 15:00 Sunderland v Fulham Stadium of Light, Sunderland
    2 Mar, 15:00 Swansea City v Newcastle United The Liberty Stadium, Swansea
    2 Mar, 17:30 Wigan Athletic v Liverpool DW Stadium, Wigan
    4 Mar, 20:00 Aston Villa v Manchester City Villa Park, Birmingham

    9 Mar, 12:45 West Ham United v Manchester United Upton Park, London
    9 Mar, 15:00 Queens Park Rangers v Sunderland Loftus Road, London
    9 Mar, 15:00 Reading v Aston Villa Madejski Stadium, Reading
    9 Mar, 15:00 Norwich City v Southampton Carrow Road, Norwich
    9 Mar, 15:00 Newcastle United v Stoke City Sports Direct Arena, Newcastle
    9 Mar, 15:00 Manchester City v Wigan Athletic Etihad Stadium, Manchester
    10 Mar, 13:30 Fulham v Chelsea Craven Cottage, London

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  • niafron

    Feb 10, 2013 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #15

    @Boater

    I hope too, but didn’t answer my question:

    What about the europa league, are you excited about it or don’t you give a F***?

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  • nico

    Feb 10, 2013 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #16

    I really do hope we take Europa League seriously. Play all our big guns, we have got 10 days to recouperate. Look at Man U today, they playing a strong team and will be against Madrid on Wednesday.
    My team
    ————————–Krul————————-
    Santon——-Mbia——Taylor————Haidrara
    —————-Tiote——–Cabaye—————–
    Anita—————Sissoko————–Marvo
    ———————–Cisse————————-

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  • Toon-Prodigy

    Feb 10, 2013 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #17

    Boater,

    The class gans straight out the window for me where they are concerned. It started something there mind

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  • Graeme

    Feb 10, 2013 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #18

    Niafron – I hope we go for it, big time.

    I already have tickets for the final and just pray we make it – doesnt matter who we are playing, as long as we are there!!

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  • niafron

    Feb 10, 2013 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #19

    Well, this cup was the last title of the club, so this is maybe a sign

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  • Graeme

    Feb 10, 2013 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #20

    Niafron – and I was in the Leazes End when we won the first leg in 1969, an absolutely amazing night. Hopefully my son will get the same feelings if we make it to Amsterdam for the Final in May

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  • karasu

    Feb 10, 2013 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #21

    Just so you guys know:

    We’re back to 4 points away from the red zone.

    Our only hope to stay in Europe next season is to defend the Europa trophy.

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  • Graeme

    Feb 10, 2013 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #22

    Karasu – Are you sure the winners get automatic entry the following year?? I haven’t heard that one!!

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  • boater

    Feb 10, 2013 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #23

    Toon Prodigy – I was seething at the Villa reaction, trust me. I could have understood it from a mackem home end but we didn’t have a bad history with Villa which made it worse. There was also a few Villa blogs at the time apologising for the banners – stating it was a few supporters that they were embarrassed about themselves.

    like I say the classier approach is to rise above it with a smile. I try to take a Zen monk approach – if only for karma’s sake.

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  • boater

    Feb 10, 2013 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #24

    Nico – doubt Santon will be played on the right after Pards brought a player in specifically to give him a rest at last.

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  • NUFC_LEAZES END

    Feb 10, 2013 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #25

    @graeme
    They defintly do, it’s the same with the champions league aswell.
    And whoever wins it also plays the champions of the champions league in the European super cup

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  • Toon-Prodigy

    Feb 10, 2013 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #26

    I’ll have to try this zen monk approach then 😉

    Whatever happens though i’ll be smiling if they tumble out of the premier league. It didn’t help that it was showcased on TV either.

    Shocking memories.

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  • Graeme

    Feb 10, 2013 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #27

    Leazes – so I get to take my son to TWO finals!!

    What a crackin game that would be lol

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Feb 10, 2013 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #28

    It’ll be an exciting game against Kharkiv. They’re a very good side.

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  • Lucky Les

    Feb 10, 2013 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #29

    Graeme
    I remember that fantastic night.The bus home from Worswick Street bus station was rocking from side to side with everyone singing and chanting.Will those great days of winning a trophy ever return?

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  • Tsunki

    Feb 10, 2013 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #30

    didn’t we have a villa fan on here more or less apologising in behalf of the majority for the ‘minority’ action of unbridled celebrations at sending us down?

    Thats OK I thought back then, when I celebrate their demise, it will only be directed at that minority. I am sure the majority will understand. 😉

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  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Feb 10, 2013 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #31

    1-1 and whitley bay took the lead

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  • Toon-Prodigy

    Feb 10, 2013 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #32

    Tsunki,

    Thats the 1 😉

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  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Feb 10, 2013 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #33

    Feel sorry for shola he could of been playing in a final tonight

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  • darrenfletcher88

    Feb 10, 2013 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #34

    Well positioned to climb the league,bottom 5 with 12 games to go,we need points fast, where not to good to go down,it’s a fight now,I just hope the French lads are all up for a scrap!

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  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Feb 10, 2013 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #35

    6 points off 10th and the next 4 games are winnable so yes we are in a good position.

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  • sidekick

    Feb 10, 2013 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #36

    Nico@16
    We should play our best players in Europa because we have 10 days to recuperate?
    Where do you get the 10 days from?
    We play Metalist this Thursday and we play the return game the following week , meaning we will return from a round trip to the Ukraine on Friday and play Southampton 2 days later.
    Better to write Europa off IMO.

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  • darrenfletcher88

    Feb 10, 2013 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #37

    We are in a good position?? What planet u on??? Where in a relagation fight

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  • Tsunki

    Feb 10, 2013 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #38

    Daz – positionally we are in a bit of a tight space. But team and current performance wise seems to suggest we can be a bit less nervous than we were a month ago. I don’t think the term ‘scrap’ applies unless of course villa, Soton, and the other dross down below start to have a run of form……

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  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Feb 10, 2013 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #39

    Whitley bay 1-1 metalist

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  • Mancgeordie

    Feb 10, 2013 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #40

    I would play a strong first 11 in the first leg and try to win and hopefully nil them with a 2-3 goal lead then play a weakened side over there and hopefully defend it

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