Alan Pardew has finally been talking about the game on Saturday, after all the talk about his head-butt at Hull on Davide Meyler, and of course it was a great performance from our lads, and two wins in a row in what were two very tough games.
Luuk de Jong in action on Saturday – played very well
But wins is what Newcastle need, if we are climb the league table, and it could be that 7th place gets a Europa League spot this season – and if a top four side wins the FA Cup, that will happen.
Alan Pardew is pleased enough with the last two games, and he had this to say today:
“It has been two great results for us, to beat Aston Villa at home and Hull away. They’re both close to us and now we have given ourselves a nice cushion.” “We have put ourselves in touch with the top and that is where we want to be.”
Newcastle now have 43 points from 28 games with a goal difference of -2 and 13 wins.
And two years ago we finished 5th we had 44 points from the first 28 games with a goal difference of -1 and 12 wins.
So we are very close to where we were when we finished in 5th place.
A good run-in will have been made more difficult once Alan Pardew receives his ban from the FA – either a touch-line ban or a more serious stadium ban, and it’s all been self-inflicted. 🙁
But whatever happens John Carver will be taking more responsibility from now on.
But we have great confidence in the Geordie assistant manager, and he’s always done very well when he’s come in to manage a game at Newcastle.
It’s still possible Newcastle can climb the league table, and with 43 points from 28 games we need to at least to break 60 points this season, and that’s very possible given the games we still have to play.
And all our players are fit again – so we could do very well.
Given what’s happened we need to do very well.
What do you think?
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