Darren Bent scored in the fourth minute of added time in the Fulham game at Manchester United on Sunday, and once again the Red Devils slipped up badly and got only one point in their home game against bottom of the league Fulham.
David Moyes – struggling Manchester United manager
That put Manchester United only 4 points ahead of Newcastle, even though we have collected only 4 points from our last seven league games, so there’s still a chance Newcastle could catch the Red Devils and finish in 7th place in the league.
It’s possible if improbable
And that’s exactly what Newcastle manager Alan Pardew is thinking, as he had this to say today at his press conference for the Tottenham game on Wednesday night:
“Manchester United’s result cheered me up,” “It gives us a chance to try and catch them and, if we finish above Manchester United that would be a hell of an achievement for this club, regardless of anything else.”
“That’s the immediate incentive for us and then we’ll see where that takes us.” “I haven’t picked Manchester United out because of David, who is a big pal of mine and handling that situation very well,” “It’s because they happen to be the team directly in front of us.
“But of course it would be quite a scalp to finish above them. People are saying we have no incentive [for the rest of the season] but they are insulting our professionalism. I don’t like that. As manager of Newcastle United, it irritates me. There’s always an incentive in football.”
Newcastle are 8 points behind 6th placed Everton, who were beaten by Tottenham on Sunday, and we meet Spurs on Wednesday night.
Tottenham are in 5th place – so if Newcastle are going to finish better than in 8th place – we should be beating teams like Tottenham at home.
And Newcastle have to also meet both Manchester United and Everton at home, and we could do ourselves a lot of good with three wins in those games.
It’s very doubtful however that we can finish better than in 8th place – but it’s possible.
What do you think?
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