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Premier League Survival Still Not Certain For Newcastle

2:33 am, Monday, March 4th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 5 Comments

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 at swansea

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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Tags: Europa League · European Competition · Jonas Gutierrez · Premier League



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5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 NEWEXPATMAGPIE // Mar 4, 2013 at 6:39 AM

    I just hate it when we lose one game and all of a sudden , all the negativity is back on here again?

    We lost one game, unluckily, and there were positives to take out of the game, we are creating chances and come the Summer Transfer Window, hopefully a Striker will be signed together with another Left back?

    Please don,t come with more Doom and Gloom until it really neccessary is?

  • 2 one Tony Green // Mar 4, 2013 at 7:42 AM

    Ed please stop writing crap every 10 minutes ths Blog is obviously your only source of income hence the amount of adverts that now appear on the site,

  • 3 martoon // Mar 4, 2013 at 9:00 AM

    one Tony Green – Nobody is forcing you to read it! It is Ed’s Blog and he can write what he wants. Obviously he has to keep the advertisers sweet by producing a certain number of Blogs per day but all Ed does is summarise the current rumours, interviews, newspaper stories etc. so if there is any crap as you put it he is simply repeating it.

  • 4 one Tony Green // Mar 4, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    Martoon mind your own business. Your obviously related. By the way if it is Ed’s blog he should not call it the NUFC Blog. You will be another one who has never been to a match. As for the advertisers he is obviously making money out this.

  • 5 martoon // Mar 4, 2013 at 12:52 PM

    one Tony Green you are a tool. First of all this is a public blog for anybody to comment on anybody elses opinion. Secondly it maybe called NUFC Blog but try reading the line below it (if you can read without pictures) ‘News, Views and Commentary On Newcastle United Football Club By Ed Harrison, A Proud Geordie And Lifelong Fan’.
    You got me I’m martoon Harrison – Ed’s son. ;)




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