To Make The Top 10 – It’s Difficult, Very Difficult

Two of the five Frenchmen who signed in January are injured at the moment, and will miss the game at the Etihad Stadium tomorrow, which will be a tough game for our lads.

yoan gouffran scoring tottenham

Yoan Gouffran scoring at Tottenham

Both full backs Mathieu Debuchy and Massadio Haidara are injured, but Alan Pardew said yesterday in his press conference that he hoped Massadio would be ready for the game at Benfica on Thursday night, in the first leg of the Europa League quarter final.

Newcastle have done well since signing the five Frenchmen, and we are now 6 points above the drop zone, but we’ll have trouble getting anything out of the game tomorrow.

Yoan Gouffran talked about the upcoming game yesterday in the local press, and Newcastle are currently in 13th place in a tightly packed bottom half of the table, with 9 points separating the 10th placed Fulham and 17th placed Aston Villa.

Yoan was asked if Newcastle could make the top 10, and this is what he said:

“The top 10?” “It’s difficult, very difficult because we know there are a lot of other teams who are battling against relegation.” “We have to focus on our next game and try not to look too far beyond.”

“We go to Manchester to play Man City.” “And we feel we can bring something home with us.” “Then we have two home games against Fulham and Sunderland and we can add to that.”

“Then we have a chance of the top 10.” “I’m really pleased with how it’s going. When I first arrived I knew that Newcastle weren’t in a good position.” “But I also felt that this wasn’t their real position or this was the real situation at this club.”

“We’re happy that we’ve picked up some points since we got here. Yet I think we could have done more and we could have picked up more points – especially in the last game against Wigan.”

“It was possible for us to bring home one point at least.” “We have to play with our qualities and show what we’ve shown in games before. But I think they will attack us.” “We’ll have to play a counter attacking style.”

“What we’ve got is very quick players in the team and that helps.” “People like Moussa Sissoko and Papiss Cisse are very quick.” “So I think we can beat them.” “They are a big team.” “But they aren’t as strong as last season.”

“One of the great things about this league is also that everybody can beat everybody.”

Yoan Gouffran, Moussa Sissoko and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa will all start tomorrow and they will be joined by two other Frenchmen – Yohan Cabaye and possibly Sylvain Marveaux – in the starting eleven.

It will be a difficult game tomorrow and if we can get a point out of the game – that would be a decent result.

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17 comments so far

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Mar 29, 2013 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #1

    Point out of the game decent result — Bloody brilliant I would say!

  • firebug666

    Mar 29, 2013 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #2

    My gut feeling is if we go at them from the off we could come away with a win. The City player need time on the ball, If we do like Everton and deny them that then the may just collapse again. Hopefully! 1-0 to Toon.

  • darrenfletcher88

    Mar 29, 2013 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #3

    @firebug666 am a proud Geordie but tomora we will be batterd, we were awful against a poor Wigan!! And the injurys that are mounting up, am dreading it!! 4-0 to city!!!

  • Jamesh

    Mar 29, 2013 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #4

    No one would be surprised if we get beat 4-0 with the injuries we have at the minute, so i don’t see why we cant have a right good go and get at them from the off. At 9/1 i will certainly be having an easter punt. HOWTL!

  • Marty-Toon

    Mar 29, 2013 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #5

    A point at City would be more than decent and a win wouldn’t be too bad at all

  • Marty-Toon

    Mar 29, 2013 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #6

    Anything other than a battering would be a plus although we’ve still a strong 11 going out there i can’t see us getting anything from it

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Mar 29, 2013 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #7

    News from the Journal

    Tiote could miss the next 5 games including the Derby.
    But could be a silver lining
    Benni could be back before end of season – ‘were getting a little bit more optimistic that he could be involved with us before the end of the season’ Pardew quote


    Mar 29, 2013 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #8

    We will hit them with the old 1 2

    Nuff said?

  • firebug666

    Mar 29, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #9

    I agree that City are a daunting prospect, but they are not at their best lately, They hate it when teams don’t give them space to play and time on the ball, and have suffered some shock defeats this season. We may not be at out best this season either, but we do have a fantastic team spirit. The injuries are a massive set back for us, but the players that come in have the chance to stake a claim for a regular place, and must therefore put in a blinding performance. All our players will be up for this, all the city fans and their players think like you do and the result is a forgone conclusion and we will get beat. Personally I believe we will surprise them and hopefully come full time they will be walking off with their heads down.

  • cyprus

    Mar 29, 2013 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #10

    Haven’t noticed this guy talk before, seems to make sense and be confident. Top ten? Would be nice but I’d take 16th right now, no sxxt.

  • carl

    Mar 29, 2013 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #11

    It seemed to me at the time that Gouffran suffered his injury because he was not wearing shin pads. He was being targeted because his pace and trickery was causing Spurs problems. Personally I thought we were well placed for at least a draw and the game turned when he went off.
    I agree with you that by just ignoring the weirdo’s the blog would improve but the scatter gun conspiracy theorists don’t help either. The ones who jump on every band wagon with their latest conspiracy and providing nothing to support it . They provide no reason or logic .
    In my opinion as a long time user of the blog all they really contribute
    is to discredit the genuine bloggers with their specious like claims.
    I would hope that we can just return to the constructive style of football past and present. I personally found the recent. Fairs Cup chat interesting and informative. I seriously doubt I wasn’t alone in finding it plain boring which killed the blog.
    Luke 3: 14

  • carl

    Mar 29, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #12

    They outclassed us at SJP but with new personnel let’s hope it’s a whole new ball game. Sissoko owes us a good performance and he could make a big difference. Personally I would be delighted with a
    draw and no injuries.

  • firebug666

    Mar 29, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #13

    We are a totally different team now, They will have done their home work on our new players but to be honest we as fans are still just finding out what they are about and what they can give to the team. I’m not saying it will be easy to win at City, in fact it will be bloody hard work. I just have a feeling today that we can nick the game from them, and hope I’m right. Gouffran and Sissoko both add a different dimension to our play, while Elliot’s ball distribution is a lot better than Krul’s. A decent throw, or kick up field could spell glory for the Toon. Here’s hoping.

  • bills-son

    Mar 29, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #14

    We’ve got to get a minimum six points out of the next four games – preferably seven.

    I hate to say it but we are definitely in a relegation battle and the defeat at Wigan is the result that could come back to haunt us. If we go into our last three games – away to QPR and West Ham and a final home game against Arsenal – needing points to stay up I fear for us. Anything could happen and knowing the Toon’s luck it won’t be good.

  • lesh

    Mar 29, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #15

    2 – 3…… Our winner in extra time.

  • Sav

    Mar 29, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #16

    Man U don’t look as if they need any favours from us – which is just as well…

  • toonicle

    Mar 29, 2013 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #17

    Hoping to see Gouffran step it up a little tomorrow. Still love the guy but he has disappeared a bit in the last few games.


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