Newcastle’s display and result today, a 4-0 hammering by Manchester City and a poor performance, puts us back into 15th place in the league table, and we are only 3 points above Wigan, who are in fourth bottom place – and they have a game in hand on Newcastle.
Silva celebrates after scoring City’s second goal
And one thing is our goal difference is getting as bad as other sides around us in the league table – it’s now at -15 – and that was our third league defeat in the last four league games – and surely we have to prioritize the league now to ensure our safety?
The Newcastle manager believes we need at least two more wins from our last seven games – but we have to get above 40 points at least – with Aston Villa and Wigan 3rd and 4th bottom respectively with 30 points, and both clubs have a game in hand on Newcastle.
So if they win those games they will be level with Newcastle.
This is what Alan Pardew told BBC Sport after the game:.
“We need two victories at least, and maybe a third, to get ourselves a strong position.” “We are missing some big players at the moment, but we are hoping a few players will be back for Thursday’s Europa league game against Benfica.”
“City played with no pressure about them.” “There was a relaxation around their quality players, but we did not squeeze them enough.” “We were not tight enough or aggressive enough.”
Aston Villa are at home to Liverpool tomorrow and a win in that game will take them level on points with Newcastle.
We’re now in a precarious position after this defeat today – and the fact that other teams around us in the league have done well.
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