After today’s games, Newcastle are still in 11th place in the table and now 3 points above Everton, who have just played to a 0-0 draw with Liverpool at Goodison Park, and Newcastle are now 10 points above third bottom Burnley.
Steve Stone and John Carver
Hull almost pulled off the shock of the day at the Etihad this afternoon, and they were leading 1-0 with a goal from David Meyler after 35 minutes, but in stoppage time James Milner saved City’s blushed with a very late equalizer.
But Hull really need wins if they are to survive this season.
If Newcastle can get a win at home to Stoke tomorrow, we’ll be 13 points above the drop zone with only 14 games to play so we would be in a great position – and in 10th place above Stoke City.
It’s really what John Carver has to do – and to keep winning as much as possible, if he is to have any chance of getting the job of head coach permanently in the summer.
John was down to earth in his media briefing yesterday and he’s looking for a second successive win tomorrow:
“We need to build on last weekend’s success by getting successive wins. That’s what we’re aiming for now,” “I’ve seen some good work on the training ground and we want to go back to St. James’ Park and replicate that now.”
“We’re going to have problems this weekend with leaving some people out of the 18 for the first time in a long time, but we’re in a very healthy position at the moment.” “Stoke is going to be a huge game for us. We’ll be looking to win the game to move above them and then we can look at attacking those further above us, like Swansea.”
“It was a difficult night under the circumstances at Stoke” “It was a disappointing performance because we lost the game but I do recall Jack Colback having a great opportunity towards the end of the game and I’ve made sure I’ve reminded him about that for this weekend.”
“We can enjoy our football now, but that doesn’t mean we can relax. We’re here to win – tenth place won’t be good enough, ninth won’t be good enough, we want to get as high up that table as we can.”
“We have to win the physical battle this weekend but Stoke aren’t as physical as they used to be. They have a variation to their game now, they have players who just get the ball down and play.
“Of course we have to match the physicality but once the game settles down after the first 15 minutes or so, that’s when the skill can take over.”
It should be a decent game tomorrow, but we are going to have to defend at or somewhere near our best against a good Stoke City side, if we are to win this game.
Alan Pardew continues to do well and they had a massive win this afternoon at Leicester City, where they came away with all 3 points with a Joe Ledley goal after 55 minutes.
That’s now five wins in Alan’s first six games in charge, and 9 points from the four league games played so far.
That’s a great record when you consider Palace got only 17 points from their first 20 games of the season before Alan arrived – so you do sometimes get a good lift when a new manager arrives half way through the season.
We’ll get a better idea of what happens when you lose a manager half way through the season by tomorrow night, but we really need all 3 points tomorrow, and then we’ll have to go all out at Selhurst Park to get another win on Wednesday night.
If we can get two more wins by Wednesday night we’ll be flying again.
Howay The Lads!!
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