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Newcastle Almost Certain To Hit Target

8:33 am, Wednesday, April 16th, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 8 Comments

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.

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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. :(

Comments welcome.



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8 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Himanshu Dhingra // Apr 16, 2014 at 8:35 AM

    You have to ask this as well

    Does Alan Pardew have any ambition?

    If he does get Sacked will he ever get a job based on what he is doing here?

    As some pointed out Target was minimum 10th So he got us the minimum.

    Cup was not a priority! so he got us ousted at the very first hurdle.

    A good manager should always look to Beat the target, not barely meet it. a good manager could have gotten us to QF/SF and 7th and 8th, Pardew got us 10th as it will be and got us knocked in the first round.

    At lease he gets some bonus. Well the drinks are him :)

  • 2 Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund // Apr 16, 2014 at 8:39 AM

    The biggest worry for me is that we’ll beat Swansea and play a decent game. Then Pardew will take the credit and paper over a gaping hole and act as though we never had this shocking run since Christmas, playing the big wig again.
    That cannot be allowed to happen.

  • 3 Ibizatoon // Apr 16, 2014 at 8:46 AM

    A manager that meets his boss’ beginning of season target, even after his boss sold his most valuable and integral player mid-way through the season and deflects blame to anyone and anything other than himself / the owner.

    That’s a lot to give up for a man who doesn’t like to be challenged.

    Mind, Mikey does like to see attacking football, played on the front foot…

    HD…For me, there is no incentive for anyone at the club to better themselves and in turn the club. Such a demoralising atmosphere. Pardew will have his hand in that no doubt, but he’s not the one that ultimately controls the targets of the club. Could he have done better, for sure.

    Geremi…Indeed. It will only take a Debuchy assist for a Remy goal and a NUFC win for Pardew to be able to claim he’s perfectly justified with his views. To some extent he is right, they are two of our standout players, it’s the manner of how we collapse without them that is so mental.

  • 4 Charlietoon // Apr 16, 2014 at 8:53 AM

    Great start to the season terrible finish

  • 5 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Apr 16, 2014 at 8:58 AM

    I did a math mistake the other day – I thought we had 6 games but it seems we only have 4 :)

    …in light of that I have to admit worse case scenario (thank you WHam among others) cannot be finishing 16 but 14 it seems!

    Now if Deb and Remy are back and we manage to win the next game I am afraid Parsnip will be proven right to a certain degree – we cannot let that happen cause some people have short term memory ;)

  • 6 Ibizatoon // Apr 16, 2014 at 9:00 AM

    Jesper…You want to take that bet mate? :)

  • 7 jazzyp // Apr 16, 2014 at 9:01 AM

    Gooooood morning guys
    Same old arguments again last night I see.Manx I do see the validity in your arguments pal but jesus do you go over the top !
    Online-Sensationalism as ever,Krull leaving now as well I see.Is he leaving because of Benny as well ??.
    Well Ed shall we give ourselves a pat on the back for finishing an amazing 10th in the Pl,Probably as this is wher most at the beginning of the season thought we would finish,Alot on here in the bottom half.
    I don’t know why but when we finished last season’s flirtation with relegation I thought and still feel the squad was in better shape than it is now.I feel like we are being run into the ground and something I feel will give this summer one way or the other

  • 8 dcdick // Apr 16, 2014 at 9:22 AM

    Pardew Out !!!




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