Newcastle have at least 13 games still to play this season, 11 league games where hopefully we can pick up as many wins as possible, and we have at least a two-legged tie against Russian side FC Anzhi Makhachkala and at least another two games in Europe if we can make it through that tie.
Alan Pardew – still along way to go this season
And Newcastle fans seem upbeat since we signed four players in four days in January, and that was after we had just missed out on Loic Remy who chose to go to QPR instead of Newcastle – we wonder how he feels about that now – with the London side still 7 points adrift at the bottom of the Premier League.
Newcastle have injuries to Tim Krul and Fabricio Coloccini, but with the squad a lot stronger we may not miss them as much as we would have a couple of months ago.
Rob Elliot has looked a good goalkeeper when he’s played in the first team, and Yanga-Mbiwa will get his chance tomorrow to show he should be starting every game for Newcastle – somewhere along the back four.
And Alan Pardew is certainly upbeat about the rest of the season, as he had this to say to the local press today:
“We have corrected some of the mistakes we made and no more than that at this stage.” “There is still a long, long way to go in this season for all the teams, still a lot to play for.” “We have the Europa League as a real bonus for us.”
“ We have managed to play well in that competition all the way through it, even with all our injuries, so that’s something we can look forward to after Swansea.” “We haven’t won a trophy here for many a year and yes there is a bit of jealousy.”
“They won that trophy fair and square. Forget about the final because they beat Chelsea over two legs to get there and that deserves a trophy in itself.” “The manager has come in to play a certain way.”
“We don’t play total football like Swansea, but we hope to carry on in the winning vein we have been playing in recent weeks.”
Let’s face it Newcastle have an excellent chance to make up for the terrible disappointments of this season so far, and we could go on a surge through the rest of the season, and we could surprise ourselves about where we can end up in the Premier League and how far we go in the Europa League.
We’re willing to be very surprised on the positive side on how far we go in both competitions.
Howay The Lads!!
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