We must say we were a little shocked that we were beaten at Swansea on Saturday, especially after the side played so well in that second half and dominated Swansea, but we simply missed all our scoring chances.
Jonas Gutierrez – in action on Saturday
But QPR actually won 2-1 at Southamtpon, and West Ham won 1-0 at Stoke, and Sunderland came back to draw 2-2 at home to Fulham, so those two latter teams have now gone above Newcastle in the league table, and we are back in 15th position with only 30 points
We’d love to do well in Europe, but there’s no doubt that the Premier League is the top priority, and our next two games at home to Stoke next Sunday and away to Wigan the following Sunday, become two very important league games for us.
And Jonas Gutierrez agrees that the Premier League has to be the most important:
“From the beginning of the season the most important thing has been the Premier League. The Europa League is a nice competition for us but the first ambition is the Premier League. That is our priority.”
“I have been in Spain and in England and I have seen big teams playing in the Champions League but who are in the bottom three.” “We must think game-by-game but we need to start taking the points to make ourselves feel comfortable in the league for the rest of the season.”
“Of the last five games, we’ve won three. We lost at Tottenham, who are having a good season, and then on Saturday against Swansea we didn’t deserve to lose. These things happen, we have to keep going.”
“Ask the fans of Newcastle and the people of Newcastle if they want to win the Europa League and get relegated I think they will say no.”
Newcastle play FC Anzhi Makhachkala in the Europa League over the next two Thursdays, and Alan Pardew has already said he thinks the Russian side are a better team than Newcastle.
So we’ll just have to wait and see if we can progress in the tournament – and it helps we now have a much stronger squad that can see us through these games.
But in the next four games the two Premier League games have to be the most important, and we have to try to win both these games to get away from the relegation zone once and for all.
Then it’s all completely different next season, because we should be able to mount a challenge for the top six in the Premier League – if we can keep our best players over the summer months.
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