Newcastle won seven of their nine games before the end of last year, and that culminated in a 5-1 home win, when we were 1-0 down to Stoke City but the referee helped us out by sending two players off just before half time, and also awarding us a penalty, which Loic Remy missed, but in any case went onto win that game 5-1 with four second half goals.
Shola Ameobi - can still get to 6th place
But then we lost a close home game to Arsenal 1-0, and lost the next two and in the eight league games after the Stoke win ,we managed to lose six – how’s that for consistency.
And during that time, both Mathieu Debuchy and Loic Remy managed to get themselves sent off, and were suspended for three games, and they are now both out injured for a few weeks.
We now have three wins (West Ham, Aston Villa and Hull) and a draw at Norwich in the last 11 league games, so only 10 points from those games have seen us lose touch with the top six teams.
Everton are in 6th place on 51 points, eight points above Newcastle and they have a game in hand – so any chance of qualifying for the Europa League seems to be non-existent.
However 32 year-old Shola Ameobi still thinks Newcastle can get to 6th position, and he had this to say today:
“We still believe we can do it,” “As players you look and see there is still 27 points to play for. That’s a lot of points and way more than enough to get us into Europe.”
“We’re still fighting even though Southampton have gone ahead of us but we play the next two games at home (Crystal Palace and Everton) and they will be vital come the end of the season as to where we finish.”
“As disappointed as we are with this result we have to move on and hopefully use those next two home games to really push up the table and hopefully finish in a European position, which is our ambition as a club.”
“We’ve got Everton, Manchester United and Southampton to play and whatever happens in those games will probably determine how well we do, but every game is huge now.”
“Your fortunes rest on the last ten games of the season for me and it’s important you continue to carry the momentum we’ve had throughout the season.”
“We don’t want the season to peter out, we really want to push ourselves as players. Set backs are always going to happen, but it’s how you react to them and we have to make sure we react quickly to this defeat.”
We suppose it’s possible if not very probable that we can get into 6th place, but we’ll have to start winning some games, like the next two homes games against Crystal Palace on Saturday and Everton on Tuesday night, and they are two difficult games.
And this will be Shola’s last season at Newcastle, after playing for fourteen years in the Newcastle first team, and it remains to be seen if he continues playing next season at some other club.
We need to beat Crystal Palace on Saturday – that’s the next step for the lads.
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