A Win Could See Newcastle Move Up The League Table Tonight

If we lose at Southampton today then the Saints will move above us in the league table and we will drop down to 10th place.

And we could then drop one more places tomorrow if West Brom beat Leicester away.

A win today by two goals could take us into 6th place in the league table and really we would be joint 5th on 13 points with Chelsea, Arsenal, Burnley, and Liverpool.

A draw will see us remain in 9th place so a win today would propel us up the league table and if we can then win next weekend at home to Crystal Palace we would be flying.

But Palace played very well yesterday in beating Chelsea 2-1 at home and will be full of confidence for the game at St. James’ Park next Saturday.

Can Joselu score for us again today?

It’s not an easy game for us next weekend after Roy Hodgson had them playing with both skill and confidence yesterday against the Premier League Champions.

Here’s how we stand in the table tand hopefully, we can get the win at the Saints today.

11Crystal Palace38-1044
13West Ham38-2042

Half our fans think we can win the game today.

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47 comments so far

  • AncientC

    Oct 15, 2017 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #1

    “Without MA we could have done a Leeds.”

    Posada, I cannot tell if you’re joking or not.

    The club did do a Leeds. It was only through good fortune that the club bounced back.

  • Jib

    Oct 15, 2017 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #2

    Morning Munster
    Sorry for the delay in responding
    I was sorting out the iptv for 4pm

    Comparing HbA to Eric Cantona !!
    Ancient, I cannot tell if you’re joking or not.

  • posada

    Oct 15, 2017 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #3

    No I’m not joking.
    I’m sick of folks having a go at my Uncle Mike.
    We would have been bankrupt without him.
    Leeds went into the third tier at one stage.
    They still haven’t made it back.
    How long have they been out of the Prem?
    15 years?

  • toontaff2

    Oct 15, 2017 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #4

    Morning, Jeremy – thought you’d be in China!

  • toontaff2

    Oct 15, 2017 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #5

    The happy clappy bus is pulling in – all aboard!
    Yedlin Lascalles Clark Manquillo
    Shelvey Merino
    Ritchie Perez Murphy
    Subs: Darlow, Lejeune, Mbemba, Hayden, Diame, Mitro, Gayle.
    1-5 The Toon!

  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 15, 2017 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #6

    I hope it is just idle aimless talk about Everton, but Rafa’s family do live there and they now have super rich owners obviously prepared to spend.


    Didn’t Ruud Gullit do a similar thing to RK, visa ve the hotel. May be it’s a Dutch manager in the Uk thing.


    Being scissor kicked and suffering a double leg fracture, then being played on a plastic pitch in sub zero conditions after nearly a year out by genius AP hardly helped Ben Arfa. But for what it’s worth the goals hba scored against Blackburn and Bolton amongst others in the all too brief time he was here will live in the memory during the dark years of Ashley’s regime.

  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 15, 2017 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #7


    Surely your uncle Mike could have avoided all the poor mis-management and endless faux pas’ including 2 relegations from the off by appointing proper people, not someone like JFK for instance,sadly suffering with with vascular dementia, not once but twice.

    The endless errors that MA has perpetrated that jail highlighted earlier could all have been so easily avoided with some proper planning and getting someone like Rafa way before now rather than finally out of desperation.

  • posada

    Oct 15, 2017 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #8

    HBAs goal against Bolton is one of the best goals I have ever seen.
    Slightly better than his goal against Blackburn, as he got a bit of a lucky touch off a defender at one stage in scoring that one.
    For whatever reason he did not get the credit from the pundits or MOTD.
    Goal of the season tends to be about strikes from 25-30 yards. One hit and it’s either in net or in the crowd.
    A dribble from the half way line, beating 5 or 6 defenders is a rare thing indeed.
    Running with the ball is a lost art.
    Have I seen a better goal than the Bolton effort or as good.
    Yeh, Jimmy Greaves. That’s how long ago it was.

  • Sav

    Oct 15, 2017 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #9

    Is it just me who is shocked that the player who clobbered Jenas while his ‘Head was turned’ with thoughts of leaving the goldfish bowl of Newcastle for the bright lights of White Hart Lane was bloody Celestine Babayaro?? – Jenas wasn’t the only one who didn’t see that coming. Of all the players who might have kicked the little upstart in the arse, I’d never have predicted him. (Respect).
    And then he admits that after rushing home in his full kit he phones him Ma who tells him to get back to the ground pronto. But by then, all the players already have left (what, no search party?), so Jermaine gets to have a little sob in the front seat of Mr. Souness’ car. Presumably, still with his muddy boots and scraped knees. Apparently, we misjudged tough scot Souey who always keeps TCP, cotton wool and a tube of Germoline in his glove box for such occasions. Too hilarious…Jenas should be embarrassed to appear on TV again.

  • RUNAWAY777

    Oct 15, 2017 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #10

    Going to watch the match later today before packing for the flight home been told i have a booking for the 9 bar in a few weeks time not done that one for a while. 2..0 — 3..0 toon

  • posada

    Oct 15, 2017 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #11

    My Uncle Mike.
    A lot of football people have ripped him off. Yes, Mike I can do this and I can do that for you. All in return for 1/2/3 million a year.
    I include Keegan in that.

    Keegan. Wanted a blank cheque and walked when he could not get one. 3 million or so to his pension fund after a court case.
    Dennis Wise. I’ll be the director of football in accordance with the Arsenal model. Just pay me 1.5 million a year. Picked the players from U Tube.
    Chris Hughton. Did an OK job. Why did he give an over the hill, sixteen stone Sol Campbell a 60K a week contract. Essentially could not sort out some of the players.
    AP. Did OK at times, but did not have control of signings. But he knew that and was prepared to put up with it.
    Carver. Least said the better.
    SM – Knew of the massive problems at the club, but took the job anyway. Probably thought it’s a shot to nothing. I’ll give it a go. I’m back in the Prem. In 8-12 months it will have worked or I’ll be sacked with a pay off. Never addressed the underlying problems.
    Rafa – I’ll do it for 5M a year. Difference is he has principals. Addressed the massive problems re squad overhaul. If he’s not backed properly he will walk. Difference with all others above is he will take no crap and delivers what you would expect for that money.
    All of our supporters know this and that’s why we trust him.

    All of the others just had their noses in the billionaires trough, but were never going to deliver. Sadly, he could not see this as he is not a shrewd football person.

    Shame Rafa could not have taken the job in 2008.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Oct 15, 2017 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #12

    Posada…we have had our share of complacent individuals at our club Mr. Ashley’s tenant…no doubt!

    …but what a letdown he’s been as an owner on his own!

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Oct 15, 2017 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #13

    *under Mr. Ashley it should read

  • Jib

    Oct 15, 2017 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #14
  • AncientC

    Oct 15, 2017 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #15


    Predicted lineups for the game. The Southampton midfield doesn’t look strong to me.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Oct 15, 2017 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #16

    Match day is here, Hooray!!

    Rafa team for today

    Yedlin Lascalles Clark Manquillo
    Shelvey Merino
    Ritchie Perez Murphy

    Copied and pasted, cheers Toontaff. Don’t see him making any changes although Ed could be right with Mbemba, he could also surprise us by bringing Lejeune back and slotting Clarke in at left back.

    3-0 to us, I really feel we can do a job on them today and bang in more but I’ll predict towards the more conservative side.

    I’d love to see HBA given a second chance with us, if only to prove the doubters right. Although I think he’d take it and prove them wrong.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Oct 15, 2017 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #17

    Actually I meant to put Atzu instead of Murphy but I’ll stick with what I copied, should proofread before posting. 🙂

  • bettyswallocks

    Oct 15, 2017 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #18

    Roy Hodgson deserves massive credit for transforming the mentality and tactics of the Palace team that played Chelsea off the park yesterday. They showed passion and desire and super quick passing and movement to completely dominate that game and came out well deserved winners.

    Woy is an old shrewdie and is definitely no mug as the almost impossible job of managing England made him look. Goes to show yet again how a competent manager can make a huge difference even to a team that looks dead and buried.

  • Jib

    Oct 15, 2017 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #19

    That should be
    Woy is an old shwoody

  • martoon

    Oct 15, 2017 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #20

    posada @11 – Not sure if you are being completely serious but assuming you are. Why did Ashley employ ‘b*llsh*tt*rs’ based on what they said and not through a proper interview process with people who know about football at the club. That’s the normal way to employ people not some gobby so and so you meet in a pub – anybody in football could have told him about JFK!

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 15, 2017 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #21

    Can’t agree there swallocks, what he tried to do at those Euros was bordering on senile.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 15, 2017 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #22

    Not sure if he’s on a wind up either, calling him uncle Mike would suggest he is. Did KK really want a blank cheque book or just promises made to be kept, why on gawd earth would you hire Dennis Wise in the first place, what previous experience did he have anywhere near suited to the role. The idea that Ashley set out with good intentions has long been ground in to the dust. Imo he went in from the start to make us a footballing equivalent of SD.

  • Jib

    Oct 15, 2017 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #23

    That’s all it is – your opinion
    Folk can make their judgements
    on its worth based on your years
    of comments on here.

  • bettyswallocks

    Oct 15, 2017 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #24

    Jail……. I think managing England brings out the worst in managers as they are so under the spotlight from the English press, they end up like a frightened rabbit under the headlights. Hodgson has quite a good record at club level particularly in Switzerland where he worked wonders with a team that cost next to nowt.

    Some of these managers appear to do better when not under massive scrutiny so they can allow the team to be more expressive without all the expectation.

  • Our Toon

    Oct 15, 2017 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #25


    You missed out JFK in his 2 stints at the club and shearer. Anyway its match day so can’t be bothered with the he said she said bs.

  • Our Toon

    Oct 15, 2017 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #26

    Everton game has been moved so they can show the match in India, apparently Indi a was the only country that took up the option. How bizarre a game kicks off at 130 UK time but isn’t even on sky or bt

  • Vask

    Oct 15, 2017 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #27

    One… Two…

  • Vask

    Oct 15, 2017 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #28

    What happened to everybody?

    Looking forward with caution to a win in Hampshire this afternoon. Of course, it is Southampton away which even my dad knows is the bogey ground for the toon.

  • beermonkey

    Oct 15, 2017 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #29


    Hopefully every1 is putting on there lucky panfs

  • sparky55

    Oct 15, 2017 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #30

    2-2 draw today with shelvey getting one

    another good point

  • beermonkey

    Oct 15, 2017 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #31


    Cant see it being 2 2 either 0 0 or 0 1toon

  • Vask

    Oct 15, 2017 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #32

    I’m going to say Merino for his first toon goal the day and the first of the match. Hopefully when Rafa was teaching Pellegrino he left an exploitable failsafe in there somewhere.

  • Vask

    Oct 15, 2017 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #33

    Some trigger word that causes Pelleg to move all his players into columns on the wings enabling us to win 8 nil.

  • Average_Contents

    Oct 15, 2017 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #34

    International break is over, where’s the blog?

    Need a win today boys but I’ve a feeling it’ll be a hard slog for us as no matter how bad a run they’re on, they play well against us.

    Let’s hope Rafa can change that.


  • Ron Knee

    Oct 15, 2017 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #35

    “You can’t really fault Everton for endeavour so far. But their execution has been off.”

    Minor detail!

  • sparky55

    Oct 15, 2017 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #36

    Got a feeling in me pisch we can do it today.

  • sparky55

    Oct 15, 2017 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #37

    get a result that is!

  • toontaff2

    Oct 15, 2017 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #38

    Wondered what had happened to Brighton v Everton – thought it would serve as a nice warm up to the main event – instead it’s Derby v Forest – £6.99 for a day pass on NowTV – like to get my money’s worth.

  • Mag52

    Oct 15, 2017 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #39

    I’ve got us down to draw this one, as I had v Liverpool, so again, I’m lowering my expectations while hoping for the best.

  • Ron Knee

    Oct 15, 2017 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #40

    “Another thriller to come!
    Southampton v Newcastle (16:00 BST)”

    Sarcasm from the BBC!


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