After the five new French players arrived in January Alan Pardew told them before the away game at Aston Villa that through the end of the season we need to be a top four side – that is – the points we get over the last 15 games of our season should put us in the top four during that time.
Alan Pardew - wants winning focus
And Newcastle have so far made a good start on that and we have three wins out of four and 9 points from our last four league games, although the game at the Liberty Stadium, Swansea today is likely to be tough with the Swansea City side hoping to celebrate their winning of their first major trophy in their history last Sunday – when they won the Capital One cup at Wembley.
Alan Pardew also points to the way Everton came away last year around this time and ended up in 7th place with 56 points and 4 points better than their rivals Liverpool.
This is what Alan Pardew said int he local papers today:
“I said at the turnaround, we had to do what Everton did last season; that will take you into next year and that is how I am going to drive the team.” “To be a top three team in this country is very very difficult for us. But fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth, that is really we are setting our agenda.”
“Europa League, FA Cups, League Cups – they are all things we want to win. Obviously Swansea managed to do that.” “What Everton have achieved this season, particularly early on, is in no small part down to what they did last season. Absolutely. And that drive and winning focus carries over.”
The game today is maybe the second most difficult we have through the rest of the season, with the most difficult one probably being when we have to visit Manchester City on 30th March.
Swansea are 7 points above us in the league, so if we are to catch them this season, a win is what we really need today – and that could be a tall order for even this Newcastle side.
But that’s what we are hoping for today – fingers crossed.
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