When you consider how well Newcastle played last Saturday, we suppose we should be happier than we are right now, but that defeat, however tough it was on Newcastle, has left us dropping one place in the Premier League and both Southampton and Aston Villa – two clubs who were below us in the league before the last round of games – gained 3 points on us.
Alan Pardew – we have a lot to look forward to
But it’s also true that we have teams very close together, and we’re 4 points out of 11th place and four points clear of 3rd bottom place.
So it will depend how many wins we can get in our next four games – Southampton at home, Swansea away, Stoke at home and Wigan away – 3 wins in those four games would see us on 36 points and in a decent league position after 30 games played.
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew knows that our Europa League opponents Metalist Kharkiv ate taking the Newcastle games very seriously:
“They are taking this seriously.” “To come over early shows that.” “We have gone up a level in terms of performance.” “We had the game where we wanted it at Spurs.”
“But Gareth Bale was the difference.” “There are a lot of things to be pleased about.” “We definitely look a stronger side, there’s no doubt it.” “We have a lot to look forward to.”
For the game on Thursday night we expect both French signings Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and Massadio Haidara to make their starting debuts for the club – so we’ll have a chance to see what these two defenders play like in a Newcastle shirt.
We need to win the game, and we can still get through this tie and get past the Ukraine side – but the Southampton game must still remain the top priority.
What do you think?
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