We Want Top Four Place Through End Of Season – Pardew


As expected Newcastle put themselves into 14th position in the league table yesterday with a win against the Saints, and if Spurs beat West Ham today at Upton Park by two or more goals –  then Newcastle will be in 13th place.

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Moussa Sissoko after scoring second goal yesterday

It wasn’t an easy game for Newcastle yesterday by any means, and Southampton played well and were a threat through 67 minutes before Cabaye converted a penalty and then an own goal ten minutes later sealed the win for Newcastle – but if Southampton play like this for the rest of the season their Premier League status should be intact.

Newcastle now have four wins and a draw in the six games since we signed five great French players last month – and the only blemish being the 2-1 defeat at Spurs when Gareth Bale proved a little too much for us, but this new Newcastle side are fighters and the lads did what they had to do yesterday for what was a fantastic 3 points for the Toon.

Alan Pardew has revealed what he told his new team before they secured our very first away win of the season at Aston Villa on 29th January -10 days after we were beaten 2-1 at home by Reading:

“When we went to Villa, I said to the team, ‘We have got 15 games to go, we have got to be in the top four in the last 15 games’, and we are, probably.” “We have had three wins out of four in the league that period and that has set us up nicely for the run-in now. “

“That’s the form we have got to maintain for the rest of the season. ” “You look at the Premier League table and we have now put ourselves in a position to attack 10th, and that was the importance of the victory today.”

“It wasn’t about anything else for me, and that’s how I tried to get the players’ mindset.” “I said to them afterwards, we should attack the top 10 now, and we can with this team.” “What a considerable difference to six weeks ago it has made, the players coming back from injury and the new players.”

It’s a short 26 days since the Villa game, and as Alan says we have taken 9 points from our last four league games, and if we can maintain around 2 points game average over the last 11 games we’ll finish with 52 points and that’s not a bad total given the form of the team from early November through the game with Reading,  when we were hopeless and lost 10 of our 13 league games.

Last season 52 points was good enough for 8th position,  and we’d take that this season – and then we can push on by buying two or three top players in the summer – and keeping the players we have – and we can realistically attack the top four.

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4 comments so far

  • VanCanToonFan

    Feb 25, 2013 at 4:21 AM

    Comment #1

    Holding on to our current squad will be the toughest part. Other teams will be trying to lure Cabaye and others away with big wages, something we can’t afford to pay.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 25, 2013 at 4:26 AM

    Comment #2

    What made Tony Blair such a good politician was his ability to look a person in the eye swear on his mothers life and tell a blatant lie unfortunately Pards isn’t that good at it and when he bigs up Mashley and says if it wasn’t for his financial imput we would of got beat today, what he meant to say was if the fat bstard had of spent in the summer when I told him to we fould have been pushing for a top four place AND the EL.

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  • tweaked

    Feb 25, 2013 at 5:30 AM

    Comment #3

    mouth watering to think a 4-5-1
    cisse
    goofy-sissoko-hba
    tiote-cabaye
    santon-mbiwa-saylor-debs

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  • tiotely footy mad

    Feb 25, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #4

    @VCTF

    couple of lads who i work with met Ashley and Llambias at a pub before the spurs game and in January an offer of 22 mil was put in for Cabs and they asked him what his plans where and he said he wants to say, whether they are talking sh** or not is anyones guess but surely this gives us hope, up and onwards from here now la toon, top 7 realistic me thinks with this form

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