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Newcastle Just Four Points Out Of Fourth Place

After Newcastle’s poor run of form lately,  in which they gained just two points in six games, it was good to get the 2-0 win at Bolton.

Davide Santon – could return on Friday at Liverpool

And it turns out the latest fixtures that took place on Boxing Day and yesterday produced only three winners – Manchester United won 5-0 at home to Wigan, Newcastle won 2-0 at Bolton and yesterday Tottenham won 2-0 at Norwich, and all seven other fixtures ended up as low score draws.

The draws were either games  in which no goals were scored or 1-1, so in the latest round of fixtures Newcastle gained 2 points on 16 teams in the Premier League – that’s one way to look at it.

And Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool, who are some of the teams above Newcastle in the league, all dropped two points on the Magpies.

When you look at the league table  Newcastle are on 30 points from 18 games in 7th place, and Chelsea are in 4th place on 34 points, and Newcastle are 8 points better off than at the same stage last year.

So the amazing thing is that even with a poor run of results recently, Newcastle are still only 4 points off a European Champions League position.

Just think where Newcastle could have been if we had put only a reasonable run of results together over the last seven games.

And now the game at Liverpool becomes a little more  important on Friday night, as Newcastle could go 6th with a win over Liverpool which would take us 2 points about the five time European Champions and level on points with Arsenal, who could only draw 1-1 at home to Wolves yesterday.

The other good news for Newcastle is that apart from Steven Taylor being out for the season, Newcastle now have an almost clean bill of health.

Mike Williamson showed he is a valuable player for the side on Monday with a solid display on his return to the side, and Dan Gosling is back from his three match ban after being sent off at Norwich City.

We haven’t won at Anfield since 1994,  so that tells us we are due a win there, but it should be a cracker of  a game now we can again defend again.

Davide Santon is fit and could start the game on Friday night in place of Ryan Taylor,  and Hatem  Ben Arfa has to be close to getting a start up front alongside Demba Ba and in place of Leon Best.

Things are looking surprisingly good for Newcastle,  even after a poor run of results, and a win on Friday would just be fantastic.

Howay The Lads!!

Comments welcome.

16 comments so far

  • roshan MAGPIE

    Dec 28, 2011 at 8:30 AM

    Comment #1

    ED you missed marveux who IS almost out for the season

  • nimo

    Dec 28, 2011 at 8:36 AM

    Comment #2

    If were safe by feb ill b ower moon but could do it b4..liverpool cant score so chance of 3points – prob get 1 or 0… Man utd look to b back to old ways so good chance of getting somet… but then if we keep ba till 15th beat blackburn.. we should get all 3points afainst qpr n fulham…

  • ross armstrong

    Dec 28, 2011 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #3

    i wouldnt start santon!! raylor did mint in monday


    Dec 28, 2011 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #4

    must beat liverfool then m gona do pole dance lol 🙂

  • nimo

    Dec 28, 2011 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #5

    Santon starts everyday of week if hes fit for me

  • Dannyo

    Dec 28, 2011 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #6

    Thats because Bolton hasn’t got any wingers to take notice of…
    Suarez will murder Raylor and throw him to the vultures.

    On another hand, we’ve had a habit of breaking records this season, i would love it to death if we could win at Lpool.

  • Graeme

    Dec 28, 2011 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #7

    Getting 3 points at the bin dippers will be no easy task at all. We were rubbish against Bolton until HBA came on and we managed 2 goals inside 5 minutes.

    Cesspool are a hell of a lot better in every way than Bolton so its not going to be a case of turn up and grab the points. Every man on the field is going to have to up their performance by a good 10 – 15% to get anything at all out of Anfield.

    Hopefully Pardeau will have them all bouncing when they walk out, having been fed raw meat and Guinness for 3 days beforehand lol.

    I think we will be good enough for a point, but, with a bit of luck – who knows!!!

  • ArtyH

    Dec 28, 2011 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #8

    Just hope its a good game for us like the 4-3’s in the 90’s but with us scoring the four! I would settle for that scoreline.Ba and Benny with a brace each, eh?

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Dec 28, 2011 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #9

    Hope we do liverpool cant stand dagliesh!!! Think we got a good chance liverpool are shocking at home this year colo is gonna hammer carroll all game long and the whole squad are gonna rough up that little rat faced racist suarez

  • ross armstrong

    Dec 28, 2011 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #10

    last time we played lpool at anfield our team was


    santon for enrique , obertan for barton , cabaye for nolan, benny for lovenkrands , ba for shola !!! much stronger team now!!!

  • jayphoto

    Dec 28, 2011 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #11

    Doesn’t matter if R.taylor plays or not, Liverpool never play down the right and even if they do Henderson is slow as a post! Fear their left side might massacre us tho, obertan is gonna have to work harder than usual with Enrique playing! Hope carrolls out, former players always come back to haunt us, remember lua lua, bramble, nzogbia…..

  • toonbrother

    Dec 28, 2011 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #12

    Pardew needs to strart the exact same line up that won at bolton. That means santon and HBA should start on the bench

  • Demba_Ba

    Dec 28, 2011 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #13

    Demba ba needs to have a word with moussa sow at the acon that partnership would be amazing

  • kingkev9

    Dec 28, 2011 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #14

    Ross- totally disagree that the team is much stronger now, Obertan or Barton? Santon or Jose? Howay man

  • PapaToon

    Dec 28, 2011 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #15

    kingkev obertan over barton anyday of the week. Barton’s natural positon is center mid but was playing at right mid for us. He wouldnt get CM with cabaye and tiote being fit. on the wing he was ok, no pace but could cross. obertan can hold the ball up, has got pace for the breaks and is starting to get some assists.

    enrique over Santon agreed for now. But Davide looks good going forward, very comfortable on the ball more so then enrique. but defensively enrique was a lot stronger but lets not forget that happened after one PL and Championship season. I think Davide can be great in this league just need time.
    Raylor very good with crossess and ok with dead ball situations. but he doesnt get forward enough and doesnt have the ability to beat a defender and put the cross in. so tough decision for pardew.

  • Sav

    Dec 28, 2011 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #16

    kingkev is right.
    Some of you are getting carried away on the back f a dull display at Bolton. We’ll be glad if we come away with a point.
    And Ed, you forgot to mention scouser Danny Guthrie who would love to be playing against the ‘pool. HTL!


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