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League Safety And Reaching Quarter Finals – A Massive Week

9:57 am, Sunday, March 10th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 6 Comments

It’s a massive week ahead for Newcastle United coming up, and it starts this afternoon with a game at home against Stoke City, and we need a win in that game to move up the table,  and make up for the unlucky loss at the Liberty Stadium in Swansea last week.

alan pardew in contemplative mood

Alan Pardew – sans beard

But since that loss Newcastle have put in an outstanding performance in Moscow to hold Anzhi Makhachkala to a 0-0 draw,  and the return leg is on Thursday night at home, and a win in that game will see us get through to the quarter finals of the Europa League.

And then after Thursday we are on the road to Wigan, where we never do very well, and Wigan may be getting some form for their annual escape from relegation as they walloped Everton 3-0 at Goodison Park to reach the FA Cup semi-finals, with all three goals coming within four minutes in the first half.

Alan Pardew has today called on his troops to deliver the goods, and obviously the best we could do would be three wins – and that’s not impossible.

This is what Alan told the Sunday Sun today when asked if a win today would ease the pressure on Newcastle in the league:

“I think it obviously would, it would give us a little bit of respite for Thursday as well.” “It’s a massive week for us. Ideally, if we can get four points out of this week and get through, that would be the ideal scenario.”

“I don’t care how it comes. That would more or less guarantee us staying in the Premier League and obviously going into the last eight of Europe would be a little feather in our cap.”

Today’s game could well be the easiest of the three upcoming games this week, and it would be an excellent start to get all three points in the bag and climb that league table.

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6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 IITianToon // Mar 10, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    From previous @clinta2, the chant is:
    “Mo Mo Mo he’s magic, you know – you’ll never get past Sissoko!”

    Predictions guys?? Let there be one of us feeling ‘i knew it’ at the end of the day..
    I say 2-0 to us, cisse, ben arfa with a magical 2nd..

  • 2 check the toastie // Mar 10, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    Hope we smash Stoke, similar result to last year would be perfect, it is good news that Huth is out, would even think about going back to the dreaded 442 today,

    Krul
    Debuchy Saylor Yanga Santon
    Ben10 Sissoko Cabaye Jonas
    Cisse Goofy

  • 3 dmac // Mar 10, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    I really dread playing HBA against teams like stoke.

  • 4 toonarmydownsouth // Mar 10, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    24toonarmydownsouth // Mar 10, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    Tsunki
    Tbh mate Willo is a better distributor of the ball than krul, it’s his one huge flaw, you can even hear pardew screaming at him to just play it simple!!!
    Elliott reminds a lot of perchinio, when we signed him it was hard to see why we bothered and where he’s fit in, and once again like perch he’s upped his game everytime he’s played and looks another great find by the club!

    Marty
    I think in all honesty we still need 3-4 players, we need a genuine winger, another CF, another CB when colo goes and possibly a young creative midfielder

    Check
    Reckon we will hammer stoke today, bit worried benny boy will get a roughed up today though at least he has a bit of padding at the moment!

  • 5 do the hatem shake // Mar 10, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    check the toastie i like the look of that team but why not in this formation
    ………………………..elliot……………………
    deb…….saylor……..yanga……..santon
    …………jonas………………cabaye…….
    ………………….sissoko…………………….
    ben10…………..cisse………………..gouffy

  • 6 giimps // Mar 10, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    I would be going 4-3-3 with debuchy saylor yanga and santoon ,tiote, with cabs socks just in front and benny cisse and gouffy , this IMHO is our best and most creative attacking team with Elliot at the back acting as defensive cover when yanga or saylor go for a run.
    My prediction is 3-0 and a great bit of forward momentum for Thursday .
    Hwtl




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