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Newcastle Have Exact Same Points As In Relegation Season

It just so happens that Newcastle have exactly the same number of points exactly half way through the season, as they did when we were relegated two years ago.

Alan Pardew – needs to stabilize Newcastle results
22 points from the first 19 games, but two years ago Newcastle collapsed dramatically in the second half of the season, when we got but 12 points from the remaining 19 games.

The lads had just two wins in 2009, at WBA on that fateful day when Joe Kinnear took sick with his heart problems, and at home to Middlesbrough in the third last game of the season, which was the only win in Alan Shearer’s brief tenure at the club.

And Newcastle got six draws – West Ham, Sunderland, Portsmouth and Everton all at home, and draws at Hull and Stoke, and eleven defeats.

So what really was missing for Newcastle in that run-in two years ago were wins – which is what it’s all about if we are to survive this year.

It would be great if we can get a couple of wins in our next two games against beatable opposition in Wigan Athletic away and West Ham at home.

If we can do that, it would give us half the points we picked up in the second half of the season two years ago.

And certainly that would have to give Newcastle fans big hopes that we can survive the drop this season.

Howay The Lads!!

Comments welcome.

10 comments so far

  • stevep

    Dec 30, 2010 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #1

    Ed – Some good news (I commented on another post but thought I’d repost here)

    None of the players currently on 4 yellows will be suspended under the 5 yellow card rule as the next time they can get a yellow card is after the 31st December, they’ll just get a letter warning them of future conduct ( they won’t even have to pay the £15 fine 🙂 , if they tot up 10 yellows they’ll be suspended for 2 games unless its after the 2nd Sunday in April

    From the FA handbook….

    5 Cautions
    If a player receives 5 cautions between the first day of the season and 31st December they will be suspended for a period
    of 1 match and be fined £15.

    If a player receives a 5th caution after the 31st December they will be warned as to their future conduct.
    10 Cautions
    If a player receives 10 cautions between the first day of the season and the second Sunday in April they will be suspended for a period of 2 matches and be fined £15.
    If a player receives a 10th caution after the second Sunday in April they will be severely censured and warned as to their future conduct.

  • carlton nufc

    Dec 30, 2010 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #2

    newcastle aint geting relegated ill bet my house on it we will get at least 4 points from the next to games i think we will finish about 12-10

  • Sinner

    Dec 30, 2010 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #3

    Anyone seen this::

    On topic,last time we had the quality to survive but we lacked the determination,we were playing like nothing without motivation.
    But this time,we got that and im confident we can survive,unless Pardew prove me wrong.=/
    Every time they scored a goal,you can see passion in their eyes. 😀

  • Toon XI

    Dec 30, 2010 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #4

    The inconsistency and bad luck must change for us to survive. Everyone has been saying not to panic, but if we lose to Wigan and to the Hammers alarm bells will be going off.

    Lots of pressure in the lads for a positive result in next two matches. I hope they deliver.

  • Newcastle Rock

    Dec 30, 2010 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #5

    Pedrew has to deliver now else he is not wanted anymore.
    I suggest wigan will be tougher game and we may get a draw out of it bt West Ham , we have to beat them by hook or by crook.

  • Brutooon

    Dec 30, 2010 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #6

    during relegation season we still got duff which CAN cross

  • geoff777

    Dec 30, 2010 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #7

    The points situation is beginning to get critical.
    I believe the next two games will be an indication of what the second half of the season has in store.

    Both six-pointers.

    We really don’t need Wigan or West Ham to get points from us. It will improve their situation and suck us into a relegation fight.

    The press will all be talking about repeats of 2008/9.

    It really does feel like deja vu.

    Where JFK = Pardew.

    Although as a manager I rate JFK higher than Pardew as he did have success at Wimbledon.
    Pardew has had no success. There’s nothing special about him.
    He didn’t change any of the teams that he has managed in a significant way (eg. like Clough at Derby & Forest).
    How the hell he got this job is beyond me.

    Got to be one giant ego trip for “Pards” the “Silver Fox”.

    6 points please – It’s been a crap Christmas.

    Cheers for that Mike, Derek & Pards.
    Hope January is going to make up for it.

    The players are doing great despite the board.
    Thought Perch did well on Tuesday, tough ask for the lad.
    Joey had a bad day crossing but he’s played well for the best part of the season.

    HBA and Gosling both have energy and goals in them so I’m looking forward to the New Year.
    Despite feeling a huge sadness that Chris Hughton is no longer in charge as it is his team. The team spirit is all down to Hughton.
    Pardew can only mess this up. I really can’t see an “up-side” to his appointment.

    But HTWL and lets hope the team win despite Pardew.

  • moonraker

    Dec 30, 2010 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #8

    Not surprised we have the same number of points as when we got relegated.

    Difference this season is this team has spirit to go with the skill. When we went down I think most of the fans could see it coming; I remember saying to a mate who thought we were “too good to go down”, that we were probably the worst “team” in the PL cos there was absolutely no leadership.

    Despite the last two results we have played well; we were unlucky against city, although we have to wise up to giving away silly goals, and absolutely nothing fell fell for us in front of goal.

    We gave Spurs a run for their money without Nolan and Jose and everything Bale does at the moment turns to gold.

    All the moaners need to get behind the team and the manager from now on. It aint gonna change and it could be a lot worse! look at Villa, Liverpool, Fulham; they’re all worse off than us.

    I’ll put my house on us staying up this season; I think we’ll definitely be in the top 10 and probably higher if you look at the teams other than the top 5, there’s no-one with a stronger squad.

    Here’s to 2011: HWTL 🙂

  • toontrific

    Dec 30, 2010 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #9

    Of course this year we actually have players who want to play for the club. there are no hangers on, we have only had two mangers so far this season(!!) and there are worse teams in the league this year. I’m confident we won’t be relegated but it is going to be very tough. We were in relegation form before pardew came, The liverpool result helped and 4 points from the nest two games is critical and could put back in the good end of the table. There are a lot of top vs bottom games this weekend which may help us.

  • gorskino10

    Dec 30, 2010 at 8:30 PM

    Comment #10

    @Sinner he is too expensive for a player of 30 years of age, costing around 6 million thats more than Ben Arfa who is younger and a amazing player we shouldnt buy him on his age alone maybe a loan would be good but nothing more we need a young-ish guy to play with carrol for YEARS.


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