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When Is Newcastle’s Luck Going To Even Up This Season?

Newcastle have three first team  players born in Liverpool, Ryan Taylor, Joey Barton and captain Kevin Nolan.

Newcastle’s excellent captain – Liverpudlian Kevin Nolan

The first two support Everton, and of course Kevin Nolan supports Liverpool, but it will be a big game for both Joey Barton (if fit) and Kevin on Saturday, when Everton come to town.

Unfortunately Ryan Taylor is suspended for the next three games, which is a pity given his fine form in Saturday’s game before he was sent off. Ryan at least proved he can play the Joey Barton role and take the free kicks and corners, and he was very good at that on Saturday.

Kevin Nolan talked today about playing against top clubs, and Everton on Saturday, although the Toffees are having a very tough season so far in this campaign:

“It’s special when you play against top, top clubs,” “I grew up in a city, Liverpool, where football’s massive, it’s like this place. You’re either a blue or a red.”

“I remember saying to Andy Carroll when we were warming up at Goodison Park earlier this season, these are the places I love playing – Goodison Park and Anfield.” “We sometimes lose there but I love it. It’s great when you see Everton coming and I’m going to be playing against them.”

“I’ll have all the Evertonians ringing me this week, giving me a bit of stick, it’s nice,”  “I have all the banter and I just want to do well. Hopefully we will.”

“It’s one of those games you look forward to because you know there will probably be about 40 lads in the crowd, at least, who I’m going to know and say hello to after the game.”

“They’ll probably stay up and have a pint at the end. It’s always nice when you do things like that and you’ve got friends and family who are Evertonians.”

“My Granddad, for instance, he was an Evertonian. He was the only one in our family. Now he’s black-and-white through and through.”  “You get that a lot in families.”  “You get brothers who are one Liverpool, one Everton.”

We have to say we’re pleased that Kevin’s Granddad finally came to his senses – that’s good news.

Bolton Wanderers had a poor away record in the league, so we were really hoping for all 3 points last Saturday, although we got a good draw at the end of the day and were again a bit unlucky not to get the win, given the chances we had in that first half.

But with just a little luck in those first 35 minutes, if we had been three goals up, it would have been a fair reflection of the play, with Newcastle dominant and carving out the chances.

Everton are 3 points behind Newcastle with a game in hand, and have won only two of their 14 away games in the league, and drawn seven so have 13 points from those 14 games on the road.

A draw would be a decent result for Newcastle we suppose, but we just have to try to get onto a winning streak, if we are to improve our position of 9th in the league.

Newcastle are close to the three teams above them in the league, and just 3 points short of Liverpool in 6th place, and we have a better goal difference too.

So as Alan Pardew said yesterday, Newcastle still have everything to play for this season, and we hope for a little luck on Saturday, something that we’ve hardly had all season.

The pundits tell us that the luck evens up over a full season, so when is it going to even up for Newcastle?

Comments welcome.

14 comments so far

  • paul_1988

    Mar 3, 2011 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #1

    Was interested to read we havn’t won a 3 PM kick off since our return to the premier league? Assuming this is correct what better time to set that right that at home to Everton this Sat who have both Fellaini and Cahill out.

  • Charlietoon

    Mar 3, 2011 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #2

    We came back from 4 nil down against Arsenal. I think that is about a seasons worth of luck right there.

  • super bartooon

    Mar 3, 2011 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #3

    @ Paul 1988 We beat Everton in the reverse fixture this season at 3 pm on a saturday.

  • MickyG

    Mar 3, 2011 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #4

    Any chance we are the ones after putting in 25million bid for Alexis Sanchez???? Would be a class signing.

    “Udinese chairman Franco Soldati says a bid of about £25.4m has been made for striker Alexis Sanchez. The 22-year-old has been linked with Manchester United and Chelsea but Soldati refused to identify the bidder. (Sky Italia)”

  • Brutooon

    Mar 3, 2011 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #5

    guthrie is from liverpool right?

  • tdt

    Mar 3, 2011 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #6

    saying that Charlietoon we got a soft pen… but we did have a good goal disallowed. Every time they got in our half the ball somehow fell into the net in that 1st half. If wasn’t really that lucky from our perspective.

    This is a bit random, but dont you think S.Taylor will be glad AC is gone, may have even spurred him on to sign up again if he knew he was on his way during Jan.

    Do we want to start Lovenkrands or Shola up front with the beast on saturday?

  • Sinner

    Mar 3, 2011 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #7

    I just realised we could still be aiming Europe at 7th spot.
    Lets say if Manchester City win the Europa league,they would be automatically qualified for the next one.And im pretty much they would be in the Champion leagues next season,so the Europa spot would be given to 7th in league.
    Maybe if Liverpool ended in 6th in the table and are the Europa winners,then again the 7th in the table gets to go to Europe.

  • Stuart

    Mar 3, 2011 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #8

    Tdt, I’d still start with Lovenkrands and Best upfront like, or Ranger and Best.

    Shola is just lazy on the pitch. Don’t get my wrong, he gets goals but he has little to no movement on the pitch. Best, ranger and lovenpants never stop running.

  • supermacnumber9

    Mar 3, 2011 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #9

    I fondly remember when every match was 3pm saturday! you finished work half day, go for a pie and a pint (and a smoke!) then off the the match – a working man’s reward for a long hard week
    this season we have had several 2 week breaks then 3 games in 8 days! this is not for the benefit of us fans
    I believe everton is 4pm then wolves 5pm – money matters, not the traditional grass roots!


  • supermacnumber9

    Mar 3, 2011 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #10

    NUFC 2 everton 0
    Best in 40 minutes – Ranger 85 minutes

  • dublin mag steve

    Mar 3, 2011 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #11

    there are several posibilities for gaining europa qualification but if man city were to win it and finish fourth they would take up a champions league spot so if them or liverpool were to win the europa league i think they have to finish 5th or 6th to free up a position. i also think if spurs man u or chelsea or arsenal win champions league and finish in the top four 5th place team goes in and therfore 6th and 7th go in but look lads at the end of the day i would bet my left arm that even if we managed to finish in 7th it wouldnt be good enough

  • dublin mag steve

    Mar 3, 2011 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #12

    does 7yh guarantee europa league no matter what cause i know city villa and pool went in last year.

  • paul_1988

    Mar 3, 2011 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #13

    @super bartooon
    you are correct… more Daily Mail bullshit. apologies.

  • cupiddstunt

    Mar 4, 2011 at 12:16 AM

    Comment #14

    I don’t think it is so much as luck that evens out, some teams get more decisions than others all the time.

    Williamson three game ban issued retrospectively by the FA rooneys elbow no action taken, there is no luck involved some teams consistently get the decision.


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