Sylvain Marveaux has had a very good second season at Newcastle, after getting over a number of injuries which lasted on and off from October of 2010 through last summer.
Sylvain Marveaux – in action on Sunday
And Sylvain had another excellent game on Sunday, and was our Man of the Match for yesterday’s vital 1-0 win against Fulham, with 40% of the vote.
The great win yesterday sets the scene for Newcastle’s next two very important games against Benfica on Thursday night, and then local rivals Sunderland on Sunday – with both games taking place in a sold-out St. James’ Park.
And although we are now 5 points above the relegation zone, probably six points if you take into account goal difference, but as Alan Pardew said yesterday – we are not safe yet.
And Sylvain reiterated that in the Daily Mirror tonight:
“I don’t think we’re safe, and we need to get a few more points if we’re to end the season without any pressure on us.” “It’s a must-not-lose game against Sunderland, but before that, we have two goals to score to make up the gap against Benfica.
“Realistically, we know we can’t concede any at the other end on Thursday. There are a few tired legs among the group, but we just have to prepare for Benfica and try to get an early goal to put them under pressure.”
“We’d like to score earlier in games, and we’ll be going all out for an early goal.” “But we know how good Benfica are, and we’ll have to make sure to stay solid against them, because they have goals in their team.”
Newcastle have won all of their last four home games – against Southampton Stoke, Anzhi Makhachkala and Fulham, and in fact Newcastle are unbeaten at home in six games since the 2-1 defeat against Reading – which was the lowest point of the season for Newcastle.
It’s just as well Newcastle are doing well at home, since we have only one win on the road in the league this season – at Aston Villa in late January.
Now Newcastle will tackle Benfica on Thursday night and anything can happen at St. James; Park, as we saw yesterday, but whatever happens on Thursday night, we must beat Sunderland on Sunday, and if we can do that we are probably safe from relegation with 39 points and 8 points above Sunderland.
And of course there’s the chance – a slim chance for sure – of getting through to the final four of the Europa League, and that would be absolutely terrific, and it seems dependent ton Newcastle shutting out Benfica, and win the game 2-0 or more – and that would see us through.
And if we can do that on Thursday night then who knows – we could even win something this season – for the first time in 44 years.
And also stay in the Premier League at the same time. 😀
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