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Another Fantastic Run After Winter Break For Newcastle?

9:55 pm, Saturday, January 25th, 2014 by Ed Harrison · 22 Comments

The Newcastle squad arrived back from Abu Dhabi on Thursday, and are preparing for our next game at Norwich City on Tuesday night, and if we can play as well as we did at West Ham in our last match, there’s a good possibility that we can win that game.

tim krul saves with left foot at spurs

Tim Krul - making one of his great save at Tottenham

The lads did the same thing two years ago after they took a short break in Tenerife, and that seemed to pay off, since we had an excellent good run-in to the league and finished 5th top.

And this year we have exactly the same 36 points from 22 games that we had two years ago at this time.

Two years ago we got 29 points from our final 16 games of the season, and hopefully we can do as well this time around.

This is what goalkeeper Tim Krul has said today:

“Two years ago we went on a fantastic run after our break so hopefully we will go on another this time around. But you can’t think too much about what might be achievable.”

“You really can’t because every game is difficult. We will be going to Norwich next, then the derby with Sunderland is the weekend after, so it is hard to look too far ahead.” “Those are two massive games for us and will be difficult to say we will get six points or four. We just have to see and go out to try to win both.”

“It was very satisfying to bounce back from our defeat at Upton Park because that is a difficult place to go,” he said. “I don’t think we ever doubted ourselves during our poor run because we were still playing well, really well in some games. We didn’t get our rewards in those games, but we did at West Ham.”

“We have depth this year, people coming off the bench like Shola Ameobi, making a difference, and Hatem Ben Arfa giving us a spark. We have a fantastic squad but we can’t look too far ahead. We are right where we want to be at this stage and we want to build on that.”

The next two games are very winnable if we play close to our  best form, and one thing is for sure, we cannot lose again to Sunderland – that would be the first time we have lost to Sunderland three times on the bounce since 1923 – 91 years ago. :(

And it’s not as if  Sunderland have had a good side either - they finished 4th bottom of the league last season and are second bottom at the moment.

Six points are what we need from these next two games in the league.

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22 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jail for Ashley // Jan 25, 2014 at 10:08 PM

    Charlie,
    I liked your answer but you didn’t really answer my question !

  • 2 nufc_eire // Jan 25, 2014 at 10:12 PM

    I love Cabaye, by far my favourite newcastle player, but I think it might be the right time to sell him. He (sort of) wants to go, he’s 28 and I don’t think his price will get any higher. If we get 25-30m for him, we could buy Cabella, Winjaldum and Remy outright with a little bit extra capital.

  • 3 Toon-Prodigy // Jan 25, 2014 at 10:13 PM

    We can thank our lucky stars we have been fortunate with injuries Tim.

    Shola in for Remy.
    Sammy or Obertan in for Gouffy.

    There is a huge jump in class. Always has been.

    The only two worth a place on the bench at NUFC is Ben Arfa and S. Taylor and that is because of their Premier League experience. The rest are either young and lacking experience or terrible and not looking like they can make the grade in the Premier.

  • 4 Graeme // Jan 25, 2014 at 10:13 PM

    Losing to the scum down the road is simply unthinkable. Beating manure in a crap cup game (We dont lower ourselves to such mediocrity ffs) but a second succesive win at SJP is simply not acceptable!!

  • 5 Toon-Prodigy // Jan 25, 2014 at 10:13 PM

    Forgot to mention Anita!

  • 6 Jail for Ashley // Jan 25, 2014 at 10:22 PM

    Eire,
    Sort of wants to leave, are you having a giraffe !

  • 7 colotheclown // Jan 25, 2014 at 10:25 PM

    Toon-Prodigy

    Couldn’t agree more, I know we were unlucky with injuries last year but anything near that again and the wheels will come off. CM and FB we are well covered but we still miss Cabaye’s spark or Debuchy’s attacking qualities when they’re out…we have a cracking first XI, fingers crossed Faye works her magic for the rest of the season ;)

  • 8 nufc_eire // Jan 25, 2014 at 10:29 PM

    Yeah reading that back it was a bit tame. It should have said “wants to go but not throwing tantrums again yet”!

  • 9 donegalmag // Jan 25, 2014 at 10:34 PM

    I see Abeid escorted again tonight. That’s 5 goals in 17 games already this season.. Not bad for a young kid…

  • 10 stuart no9 // Jan 25, 2014 at 10:37 PM

    Now that the lads are back from their annual January break while other clubs are playing in the fa cup , maybe pards has had time to try and work out how to beat the Mackems – or is that me being just a tad optimistic ??

  • 11 Toon-Prodigy // Jan 25, 2014 at 10:38 PM

    Colo,

    I think alot of posters really believe we have this fantastic squad and quality in depth.

    The truth is though that we simply havn’t.

    Anita, Taylor and Ben Arfa are fine and worthy for me but the rest leave alot to be desired and have a hell of alot to prove in a Black and White shirt.

    If we took Cabaye, Tiote and say Remy out of the first team with long term injuries. Or any other 3-4 for that matter.

    Then what would are bench look like? How could we change games, the quality isn’t there once we have fielded the likes of Taylor or Shola or Ben Arfa off the bench. All of a sudden we find ourselves struggling like last season.

    We have about 13-14 able Premier League players. 2-3 can be top notch on their day but can be very inconsistent also, they are far from world class for me.

  • 12 jimmysmith // Jan 25, 2014 at 10:43 PM

    Charlie, I see things quite similarly, except its difficult for me to forgive the wrongs committed along the way and impossible to forget them. This is the guy who dropped St James, has Wonga emblazoned on the jersey, won’t release a mission statement, has his advertising plastered all over the stadium without compensation, and on and on it has gone. I remain skeptical.

    I also think that he does need to spend to strengthen now and has failed to do so when needed in the past. History suggests that we will only buy on his terms, almost to a point of principle or bloodymindedness, regardless of how the side might suffer.

    Newcastle would now seem a solid top eight club, but with our fan base, and stadium, it would be negligent if we weren’t.

    It’s hard to see us kicking on to the next level under Ashley as things stand. Although, enevitably circumstances do change, that is true enough, and Ashley may well decide to adjust the way the club spends in order to be more competitive and challenge, but it’s seems a slow turn if its happening.

    I think the fans should be consistently vigilant and critical of Ashley, to constantly remind him of his obligations and responsibilities to his market and the club he owns, or we’ll always get less than the least we deserve and far less than we want.

  • 13 colotheclown // Jan 25, 2014 at 10:52 PM

    Prodigy,

    Exactly mate. There’s a huge difference between our top players on their day and an average day…imagine cabaye, tiote, krul, cisse, ben arfa, remy all playing blinders..we’d be challenging for the top 4 easily. But as soon as one or two go missing, as often happens, we seem to struggle.

    And when it comes to depth…the best example is on fifa haha :p playing our current starting XI, when losing and I want to change something, there’s ben arfa, cisse at a push…and 9/10 times i don’t bother. Until that changes that is why we can’t consistently compete with the big boys

  • 14 Marty-Toon // Jan 25, 2014 at 10:54 PM

    @Donegalmag
    Where in Donegal are you from?
    I’m from Donegal town
    Abeid seems to have done well since going on loan.
    It seems many players(apart from Obertan ) don’t get the playing time regularly enough to show they can mix it with the big lads

  • 15 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Jan 25, 2014 at 10:57 PM

    Jail
    The answer is Yes – BUT I would be a frustrated/patience starting to wear a bit thin because we have got back into a position to build for the future.

    Thats why I think the middle ground between spending money like Shepherd and the prudence of Ashley would pay dividends.

    My big worry is if we sell Cabaye this window on the last day as we did with Carroll and not but anyone in then we will struggle big time

    Jimmysmith

    cheers – sensibly discussion on Ashley without people going over the top

    ALSO

    another big worry is who Ashley sell to
    For every 1 good owner seems to be half a dozen poor ones and I fear of being sold to some American hedge fund similar to Man Utd

  • 16 Toon-Prodigy // Jan 25, 2014 at 11:07 PM

    Colo,

    Love the Fifa notion haha.

    Unless you are top 4 and you have an abundance of talent throughout your squad and plenty of money..

    I hold the belief you should have at the very least 18-19 quality Premier League players in your first team pool to compete on a strong level in this league and cups. The rest of the places then made up of fringe players and talented youth trying to break through.

    We are three maybe four players short. These don’t have to be internationals that cost an arm and a leg, just quality players that can add the depth to an already decent 13-14 who can close that gap in quality we speak of.

    We should sell Obertan, Marveux, Shola, Sammy and Cisse and upgrade accordingly to give us that balance throughout the squad. This is my own opinion.

    Our squad isn’t balanced in quality in depth nor do we have the numbers for me. Im pretty sure we could do this within our own income also, Mike just won’t allow it.

    Only he knows the reason why.

    My guess is the wage bill, which wouldn’t exactly put us in the red also.

    We have the money to do it.

  • 17 toonbrother // Jan 25, 2014 at 11:10 PM

    as long as coloshitty stays out of the team.. anything is possible

  • 18 santonthenewmaldini // Jan 25, 2014 at 11:36 PM

    Thing is our backups who are not good are actually on a good wage Arfa, Marveux , Obertan , Cisse and Shola will be on decent wages we could potentially get better younger players on smaller wages

    You look at Southampton they do not have great strength in depth in terms of internationals they just play a youngster who eventually becomes a starter I personally dont think our current crop of youngsters are as good as the likes of Luke Shaw etc so we need to get better ones in

    Who knows our next crop of youngsters coming through could produce a star or 2

  • 19 donegalmag // Jan 26, 2014 at 12:07 AM

    Marty-toon sorry been off since last post…I’m in buncrana..been to Donegal town a few times..have a mate who works in the castle bar

  • 20 Marty-Toon // Jan 26, 2014 at 8:05 AM

    Donegal mag
    I know the place well and know those that own the place and some of those working there but I’ve been living in Norway for almost ten years

  • 21 NEWEXPATMAGPIE // Jan 26, 2014 at 9:10 AM

    A good run would be nice but:

    I,ll believe it when i see it, i,m a bit sceptic about that sort of prediction !

  • 22 Abdhammed // Jan 26, 2014 at 10:22 AM

    Mathematician




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