We watched the Arsenal game against West Ham last night, and after West Ham had taken a 1-0 lead, Arsenal’s class finally showed through and they scored three goals to pick up all 3 points in a 3-1 win.
Alan Pardew – under pressure manager
That takes Arsenal above Everton in the league with the Toffees at home to Crystal Palace tonight, and they are expected to go 2 points above Arsenal with only 4 games to play.
The Arsenal game was important for Newcastle, because West Ham are in 11th place, and they are still 9 points behind Newcastle with only four games to play – so it now looks almost certain that Newcastle will finish in the top 10.
Newcastle are currently in 9th place – 2 points behind Southampton who are also slumping, and have lost three of their last four games – the only win coming against Newcastle, when they shamed us 4-0 at St. Mary’s Stadium.
Stoke are 3 points behind Newcastle, and they could still catch us, but that would still leave us in 10th place.
So it looks like the lowest position we will finish in is 10th place in the league – and if we can say beat Swansea City and Cardiff City at home, there’s even a chance we could overtake the Saints and finish in 8th place.
It would be good to have a decent finish in these last four league games, after a pitiful run of results that has seen Newcastle lose 11 of the last 16 league games, and fail to score in 12 of them.