Premier League Survival Done – Europe Calling

Alan Pardew, not to mention Newcastle fans around the world, were simply delighted when Papiss Cisse scored the winning goal on Sunday, after Sylvain Marveaux had split open the Stoke defense with a brilliant through ball that found Cisse clear on goal and just six yards out.

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Papiss Cisse – scoring winning goal on Sunday

Papiss doesn’t miss chances like that and he smashed the ball home with his left foot and put Newcastle on 33 points and it’s hard to think we’ll not make 40 points this season, with only 7 points needed in our final 9 league games of the season.

And that’s what Alan Pardew seems to think, as he had this to say on BBC Newcastle yesterday:.

“That’s Premier League survival done; we don’t need to worry about that now,” “What we’ve done is set ourselves up for what I’m hoping is going to be a special night for us.”

“We’ve set the scene for that and I can’t wait already. I hope we get as many people as we can afford to come fill the place up.” “We’ve approached it in an intelligent way.”

“In the way that we have dealt with the team as it comes, put a team out that is good enough, and we’ve had to do that. We’ve had so many injuries that we had to put out the team that we had.”

“There are too many games, but now the real serious business starts, playing against real quality.””I’ll play my best team – that win against Stoke has helped me do that.”

After he managed through losing 10 league games in 13, which ended when we lost to Reading 2-1 on January 19th, Alan Pardew will become a better manager because of going through that adversity – when most other managers would have been fired.

And we see that Reading have just sacked Alan’s friend and former colleague Brian McDermott.

But Alan Pardew now has a chance to take Newcastle a long way in the Europa League.

We have to beat Anzhi Makhachkala on Thursday night at St. James’ Park, and if we can do that then anything is possible – and this season too.

Howay The Lads!!

Comments welcome.

11 comments so far

  • RonVanDam

    Mar 12, 2013 at 12:40 AM

    Comment #1

    From the remaining 9 games, i will be happy if we atleast win 4, draw 3 and lose 2 and get our GD into positive then we will be safe.

    Pardew will go all out in Europa once we’ve secured our survival.

  • santonthenewmaldini

    Mar 12, 2013 at 12:42 AM

    Comment #2

    Would love it if we won on Thursday

    Could potentially be us and Spurs as the only UK teams left in europe!!

    I think the way the draw is we would have Lazio next is that right?!?As they are winning their game about 2 nil

    If we can get past Anzhi and get a bit of momentum with Arfa back to fitness we could at least get to the semi finals and who knows what could happen then if Chelsea can win the champions league parking the bus and Rangers, Celtic, Fulham AND Middlesborough can get to the final of the Europa/Uefa then so can we as our squad is far better than any of those teams

    All you need is a bit of luck and some quality at crucial times with Mbiwa at the back , Cabaye, Sissoko and Arfa creating we have a chance against any team

    I actually think Spurs are favourites but if Bale got injured they could go off the boil

  • RonVanDam

    Mar 12, 2013 at 12:52 AM

    Comment #3

    Yup Lazio looks like our next opponent if we beat Anzhi

    Bale will miss the next game against Inter due to a yellow.

  • Jamiemac

    Mar 12, 2013 at 12:53 AM

    Comment #4

    Why would it be lazio? I thought they do another draw on Friday?

  • Jamiemac

    Mar 12, 2013 at 12:55 AM

    Comment #5

    The UEFA Europa League draw proceedings will follow at 12.40CET, led again by the UEFA General Secretary and the director of competitions, but assisted this time by the ambassador for the Amsterdam final, Patrick Kluivert.

  • matclarke4000

    Mar 12, 2013 at 1:10 AM

    Comment #6

    its a free draw for the quarter finals. could be any team left in the competition

  • Diggedydaws

    Mar 12, 2013 at 1:37 AM

    Comment #7

    Dunno how folk get we are playing anyone yet??

    The draw is on Friday lunchtime.

  • terencelim

    Mar 12, 2013 at 2:56 AM

    Comment #8

    @santonthenewmaldini sound good apart from the fact that you’ve underestimated other teams and overrated the toon.

  • cornishman

    Mar 12, 2013 at 6:30 AM

    Comment #9

    Whats the similarity between football and geography?……..Newcastle,s above Sunderland


    Mar 12, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #10

    could anyone tell me what happens to the mackem fixture if we get through to quarters of europa. ? 2nd leg of quarters is 11th April. mackem game is 13 April at 12.45 k.o . surely cant play two games with such importance in space of two days? and am i right in thinking the derby is live on sky? is it too late to re arrange a sky game? do uefa allow you to change dates? ? its gonna be interesting like.

  • toonluvva

    Mar 12, 2013 at 9:56 PM

    Comment #11

    The result of the Stoke make match was merely job done for this Sunday, lets move onto planning for Thursday.

    After Thursday, irrespective of the result, we must be planning for Sunday at Wigan.

    This MUST be the plan until we are mathematically safe in the league.


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