This Would Make It A Joyous Christmas For Newcastle Fans

Newcastle are showing their best form since we finished 5th top two seasons ago, and after 15 games we have the same 26 points we had at this time two years ago, and our goal difference is now -1 compared to +2 in 2011.

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Alan Pardew – I’m desperate to win

And in our next two games – at home to Southampton on Saturday and then away to Crystal Palace – we could be ahead of the pace we set two years ago, because then in those next two games we drew at home to Swansea and lost at home to West Brom 3-2.

Newcastle are in 7th place in the league table, as we were two years ago at this same time, and we now we have five games through January 1st, and that’s five games in 18 days, and will be good test of the Newcastle squad.

One good thing is that we have very few injuries at the moment, and the other is we have some very good players like Steven Taylor, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Paul Dummett, Massadio Haidara, Vurnon Anita, Ben Arfa, Gabby Obertan and Papiss Cisse all pressing hard for a first team place.

Alan Pardew was sacked in August three years ago at Southampton, four months before he joined Newcastle, and although he was successful at the south coast club and had a 53% win average and 20% loss average, he didn’t get along with owner – Italian banker Nicola Cortese.

This is what Alan said in the local press today:

“The players have proved to me that there’s a real determination to have a great season,”  “We’ve set ourselves up for a great Christmas program. Let’s hope we can follow it through.” “That’s my old club, and I’m desperate to win,” 

Newcastle are coming off a tremendous display at Old Trafford where skill and passion was there for all to see, and it was a fantastic win by our lads – and the first in 41 years at Old Trafford.

The challenge for Newcastle now is to take every game as though it was against the Red Devils, and turn up and play at or near our best against the lesser sides in the league.

If we can do that, and not carried away by our own success, we could finish high up once again in the league table – which is where we need to be every season.

10 points from the next five league games and it could be a joyous Christmas for Newcastle fans and a great start to the new year.

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8 comments so far

  • yo-yo

    Dec 11, 2013 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #1

    First haha 🙂

  • yo-yo

    Dec 11, 2013 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #2

    We are where we should be with a fit squad and average manager.

    Be nice to strengthen in the window and fill a few gaps but we all know how ambitious our owner is

  • clinath@ed

    Dec 11, 2013 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #3

    Just read BIFFA’s report of the Manu match on
    Absolutely brilliant.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 11, 2013 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #4

    Amazing, I just don’t know how you beat me to it.
    What hsteria, it was fact, what was there to be positive about during the summer apart from the Ashes, oh, nobody offered enough for us to sell a top player.

  • toonincheek

    Dec 11, 2013 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #5

    The best comment I saw on the ManU game was where credit was given to the ManU fans for observing a 90 minute silence.

    The squad that has been assembled is good enough for 6th-8th place.
    Still needs a good manager to achieve that, not just an average one.

    MA may not think that EL/CL are worth the extra investment (obviously we differ on that!) but to suggest that “mid-table mediocrity” is the target is wide of the mark.
    “Upper reaches stability” would be a more appropriate description of the target.
    Below 10th and AP’s job is at risk.

  • martoon

    Dec 11, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #6

    toonincheek – I bow down to your superior phraseology 😉

  • Whumpie

    Dec 11, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #7

    Sick of all this “average manager” crap. What does this guy have to so to get credit from you lot?? manager of the month not enough? Manager of the year? Apparently not.

    Perhaps you’d rather have the one who is so “special” that he is having trouble getting goals out of Eto’o, Ba and Torres.

    Best start ebjoying this run, neggars, because if you bother to take off your rose-tinted rear view mirrors you’ll realise this kind of form only happens to NUFC about twice a decade.

    Rant over.

  • toonicle

    Dec 11, 2013 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #8

    Just think if we would have beat Hull and the Mackems where we’d be…


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