Next Four Games Could Be Crucial To Newcastle’s Season


We were hoping that Huddersfield Town and Reading would draw last night so we could gain 2 points on both clubs – but Huddersfield spoiled things and scored the winner in the 82nd minute to register their 6th league win on the trot.

The cheek of it – spoilsports.

🙂

Huddersfield remain 5 points behind us and that’s 6 points if you take into account goal difference.

Bristol City, Brighton & Hove Albion, Huddersfield Town and Reading

But by Tuesday Match 7th we will have played Bristol City at home and Brighton, Huddersfield and Reading away from home and those four results could be crucial to Newcastle’s season.

If we don’t do well in those games it doesn’t say we cannot still get an automatic promotion place.

Each game (thankfully) is worth 3 points and we have home games against teams like Fulham, Wigan, Burton, Preston and Barnsley that we should be able to win.

We also have away games against Birmingham, Preston and Cardiff City that we should be able to win.

But of course we have learned this season that whatever league position the team is in they can be very tough to beat both home and away.

Think Blackburn Rovers.

🙁

We probably need 8 more wins to gain an automatic promotion spot and that would give us 93 points and that also assumes we lose the other six games.

So while the games against Brighton, Huddersfield and Reading are huge games, we can still rack up the wins even if we lose all three games – which is unlikely.

Here’s how things look at the moment with the top six in the Championship and it’s Huddersfield who could become a huge threat to both Brighton and Newcastle for those two automatic promotion spots.

PosTeamGamesGDPoints
1Newcastle464594
2Brighton463493
3Reading46485
4Sheffield Wednesday461581
5Huddersfield46-281
6Fulham462880

Of course we’ve done something here that Rafa will not like or approve of in any way – we’ve looked past the next game.

Whoops.

Next up are Bristol City on Saturday at home  and we need to win that – and maybe that can be one of the eight wins we need.

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77 comments so far

  • toon kk

    Feb 22, 2017 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #1

    Shame Gayle was risked before being fully fit, you could see he was no where near match fit against Villa.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Feb 22, 2017 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #2

    ‘ADAM ARMSTRONG SCORES HAT TRICK AS BARNSLEY THRASH BRIGHTON 6-0’

    ‘THE TOON BREAK THEIR OWN SCORING RECORD AGAINST BRISTOL’

    ‘NEWCASTLE SCORE IN INJURY TIME TO CLINCH WIN IN EXCITING GAME AT BRIGHTON’

    ‘NEWCASTLE CANTER TO WIN AGAINST TYKES’

    ‘READING LOSE GROUND AS NEWCASTLE SHOW THEM WHO THE TOP TEAM ARE’

    Ed these are some of the headline I’m expecting you to be showing over the next run of games.

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  • Jib

    Feb 22, 2017 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #3

    Rather than call it the next 4 games – I prefer to call it the next 12 points.

    toon kk
    you could see he was no where near match fit

    no you couldn’t

    what drivel

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  • sparky55

    Feb 22, 2017 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #4

    No sh!t Sherlock!

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  • toon kk

    Feb 22, 2017 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #5

    Jib
    That’s rich coming from someone who can’t count.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 22, 2017 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #6

    Mister Tuff or other French speakers,
    Why is it Le livre and la lettre, how can you tell which verbs are masculine and feminine, in Spanish they end in O or A generally?

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 22, 2017 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #7

    *nouns

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  • Belfast

    Feb 22, 2017 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #8

    I think we should just concentrate on beating Bristol City first. That result could set the tone for the next three. So I’m hoping we murder them.

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  • Belfast

    Feb 22, 2017 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #9

    Can I phone a friend Jail ?

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 22, 2017 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #10

    By all means Belfast, unless it’s carl, you’d end up with six different explanations.

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  • ronaldo aarons

    Feb 22, 2017 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #11

    I wouldn’t mind seeing Perez play the striker role in a some of these matches. He’s had his best games of his Newcastle career up front and played up front against Brighton earlier in the season where I thought he played well despite not scoring. When he first came he played upfront and impressed, when we went on that winning run under Pardew he played upfront and in the Brighton game earlier this season.

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  • Jib

    Feb 22, 2017 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #13

    Jail for Ashley //
    Why is it Le livre and la lettre, how can you tell which verbs are masculine and feminine, in Spanish they end in O or A generally?

    To paraphrase your good self

    WtF has that to do with NUFC ?

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  • Belfast

    Feb 22, 2017 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #14

    Perez would probably be a better option in those three away games. I think losing Gayle is a massive blow. All three of those teams will attack rather than park the bus. It would have been the ideal game for Gayle imo

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  • Bobbybee

    Feb 22, 2017 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #15

    Losing Gayle will be a big blow, but not one we can’t handle. We have no choice so not much point dwelling on it really. Given we’ll play a big lad up front, maybe time to go with Ritchie and Atsu and fire the crosses in. I can see Mitro getting the nod myself and if there’s a goal on offer he’s not afraid to us his head in where it hurts. Need to play to our strengths obviously and two wingers does that imo.

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  • Tsunki

    Feb 22, 2017 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #16

    These three games may actually be better for us in a sense. We are generally always complaining that teams routinely set out to defend and try and catch us on the break because they can’t outplay us on the ground.

    It’s now come to the point where the game of averages just don’t cut it. The teams we will now be facing all need to win, not grind out a draw. They’ll open up. Question is will we take advantage of the vulnerability or sit back and soak it up ourselves? I’m hoping we meet fire with fire and outplay them.

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  • ronaldo aarons

    Feb 22, 2017 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #17

    Belfast
    Yeah I quite like the idea of Perez upfront, when he plays there it’s like he plays with more freedom and finds good pockets of space. See mitro starting most games and Murphy the odd start which I’m not complaining about but it’d be nice to see Perez upfront in one of the games at least.

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  • cyprus

    Feb 22, 2017 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #18

    http://www.soccerstats.com/formtable.asp?league=england2

    Huddersfield leading form table of course. Last 6, 6 wins. But they’re leading the long term form table as well. Last ten games.

    Someone stop them…

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  • ronaldo aarons

    Feb 22, 2017 at 8:01 PM

    Comment #19

    Skimmed past previous threads and someone mentioned solanke coming to us. If true I don’t think it would look good for Armstrong. Although solanke is a good young player. Very clinical finisher and all that but he’s a big time Charlie, he’s demanding £50,000 pm when he’s achieved nothing yet. I personally think we’ve got a better player in Armstrong and we should avoid solanke. If we should get anyone one of Chelsea’s young lads it should be Charly Musonda. He’s not getting in the first team at all as he mainly plays hazards position.

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  • Ron Knee

    Feb 22, 2017 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #20

    Falcaoesque penalty!

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  • ronaldo aarons

    Feb 22, 2017 at 8:05 PM

    Comment #21

    Huddersfield are coming on strong and I don’t think they’ll have any more blips. They started the season well then hit a rough patch and are coming back strong again. We need to keep on our toes as them and Brighton can knock us out of the top two quite easily. Brown got taken off last match, hopefully he misses a few games. He’s been good for them especially since Kasey Palmer has been injured a couple weeks.

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  • Tsunki

    Feb 22, 2017 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #22

    http://www.nufoundation.org.uk/win

    Worth a go jail. If you win you’ll be right at home 🙂

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 22, 2017 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #23

    Ron Knee,
    Cheers,
    Tsunki,
    Bought a ticket about six weeks ago, it’s going on display at the discovery museum if I win then sold for the SBR foundation
    Jibberish,
    About as much as your famous five and rugger stories!

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  • Jib

    Feb 22, 2017 at 8:13 PM

    Comment #24

    perfect
    a plastic stadium for a plastic fan

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  • Tsunki

    Feb 22, 2017 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #25

    Sorry jail I summoned it by the looks.

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  • toon kk

    Feb 22, 2017 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #26

    It’s certainly going to be a tough run in, i think Huddersfield will fill one of the automatic promotion places, we’ll have close run in with Brighton for the other slot.
    One thing for cirtain we’ll have to hope Mitrovic steps up to the mark.

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  • ronaldo aarons

    Feb 22, 2017 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #27

    I wouldn’t say just mitrovic needs to step up, the full team needs to step up.

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  • manxpie

    Feb 22, 2017 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #28

    It’ll be okay as wagner will be getting the cursed motm award which will fusk them up just at the right time that’s why we drew against Norwich rafa new wat he was doing!

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  • toon kk

    Feb 22, 2017 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #29

    Ronaldo
    Your right there, the whole team needs to step up and have more intent.

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  • Bobbybee

    Feb 22, 2017 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #30

    Leicester getting beat at half time, 1-0 and lucky to be nil. Pretty much outclassed everywhere except Casper the keeper, who’s kept them in it. Saved a pen and made a number of good saves. Can’t see it staying 1-0 either. If Ranieri has any feeling for them he’ll walk away after this, because they’re going down otherwise. He can’t save them, that much has become obvious. Big mistake showing loyalty to the team instead of making signings to improve them. Last season has gone to their heads big time and they’re shocking this season. Doubt they’ll sack him, so it’s down to him if they’re to have any chance of staying up. They won’t get any further in this competition either, so it’s a relegation scrap left.

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Feb 22, 2017 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #31

    We need to play at the same intensity as we did in the 2nd Half of the Norwich game!

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  • ronaldo aarons

    Feb 22, 2017 at 8:45 PM

    Comment #32

    Toonkk
    Yeah i think so, although we’ve had a few good results recently they have been ground out wins rather than performing well and playing teams off the field.

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Feb 22, 2017 at 8:45 PM

    Comment #33

    And play Diame alongside Shelvey. Give the opposition something to worry about.

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  • Bobbybee

    Feb 22, 2017 at 8:50 PM

    Comment #34

    I personally don’t care how average we play if it keeps getting us points. Points are all that matters now, not how good we look. Get a goal or two and shut up shop seems to be Rafa’s winning policy and I’ll take that for the next three away games. Better to win ugly than risk losing.

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  • toontaff2

    Feb 22, 2017 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #35

    A draw at Brighton, before we smash the ‘Udders 1-2 0n TV – Saturday night gold. Then we’ll start to run away with the title. Second – 🙄
    We’re Newcastle and we’re gonna win the league!!

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  • toontaff2

    Feb 22, 2017 at 8:53 PM

    Comment #36

    We’ll take 15 ugly wins!

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  • ronaldo aarons

    Feb 22, 2017 at 8:56 PM

    Comment #37

    Bobbybee
    I’m not saying play better and risk losing. I’ll be more than happy with ground out wins. It’s just natural progression for a team though is it not? Once you’re getting the wins, the next step is to start playing better football which to be fair, we are capable of.
    Plus, I’m not aiming a dig any poster, but you get a lot of fans on things like Twitter saying that now gayle is out mitro needs to step up. That kind of irks me a little because the team needs to step up, not just one individual player.

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  • lochinvar

    Feb 22, 2017 at 8:57 PM

    Comment #38

    Huddersfield have a FA Cup replay agains Man City 1st March so that may have some impact on their squad and fitness but time will tell.
    What we need is three or four good wins up front while other teams drop points and after that start to finish what we started.

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  • toon kk

    Feb 22, 2017 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #39

    There’s been a lot of luck as well as grinding out results, we are capable of so much more, our pace has dropped dramatically along with keeping hold of the ball.

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  • ronaldo aarons

    Feb 22, 2017 at 9:06 PM

    Comment #40

    Yeah we lose the ball too much and give it away cheaply under pressure which is very frustrating. It’s been too long since we had a player who can actually control games, knowing when to slow things down and just keep things ticking over by keeping possession. Although Shelvey is very good and creative, he doesn’t have a proper control over games that I’d like to see, which he can improve on. In the premier league I would love us to sign someone like johannes geis fro. Schalke. Would give us that as well as protection for the back 4.

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