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Magpies To Go All Out For Points In Final Three Games


When Ki Sung-yueng gets back into the first team, he is hard to replace because he’s such a tidy and efficient player who rarely gives the ball away.

He also keeps things flowing in midfield with usually the right pass and certainly in the first half last Saturday he and Isaac Hayden dominated the midfield against the Saints.

Southampton switched to 4-4-2 in the second to good effect, and they gave an excellent account of themselves, and in the end, it was a hard-earned win by the Magpies.

Isaac Hayden is in training after being taken off in the second half last Saturday with a slight injury – so we do expect Ki and Hayden to start in central midfield at Brighton on Saturday.

Ki Sung-yueng – playing well in midfield with Isaac Hayden

Rafa wants as many points as we can get in the final three games of the season – so there’s no change there.

But a win at struggling Brighton on Saturday will equal our 44 points total of last season, and then we play Liverpool and Fulham in our final two games.

Here’s what Ki Sung-yueng has said today – as reported in the Shields Gazette:

“I think the boys have the confidence now,”

“We have another target now – to get as many points as we can in the next three games and finish as close to tenth as we can.”

“Hopefully, at the next game against Brighton, we give everything again and get some more points.”

“As a football player, you always have targets in your life.”

“I think it (finishing tenth) is something we can achieve in the next three games.”

“Against Brighton, they are at the bottom of the table, so we have to be stronger and come through it.”

“It’s not a serious injury, so I think he (Hayden) will be fine for the next game.”

But we still have Mo (Diame) and Jonjo (Shelvey) on the bench, so we have quality players.”

“Everyone involved in the game gives everything and even the subs, we have some very good players on the bench.”

“So anyone who plays any game, they will do their best.”

It’s now almost impossible to reach 10th place Leicester City, who are 7 points ahead of Newcastle with a much better goal difference.

We’d have to win all our three games, and Leicester get no more than one point from their remaining three games for us to finish above them.

That’s possible but extremely unlikely.

But it would be very satisfying to beat last season’s points total of 44 points especially after getting only three draws and no wins in our first 10 games.

In our last 25 games, we have picked up 38 points and 11 wins with players like Fabian Schar, Salomon Rondon, Sean Longstaff, Isaac Hayden, Florian Lejeune, and Ki coming into the team since those first 10 games.

Miguel Almiron has also made a big difference late in the season.

So it augers well for next season that Rafa has found some good new players at Newcastle.

But it does look like Isaac Hayden will be transferred in the summer – at his own request for personal reasons.

That’s a pity.

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18 comments so far

  • Jib

    Apr 25, 2019 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #1

    Quick jail
    Ed hasn’t spelt Newcastle correctly

    4
  • Jib

    Apr 25, 2019 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #2

    Big Ron is going to have his work cut out against
    Dunk and Duffy they were very good vs Tottingham

    1
  • toon22

    Apr 25, 2019 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #3

    Hiya JIB

    5
  • lesh

    Apr 25, 2019 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #4

    Jail for Ashley

    If Ashley was genuinely trying to sell the club he’d get SD committed to paying the market rate for all of its advertising. NY Mag found that it had paid £1m for advertising , for how long I don’t know. Given that SJP’s plastered with SD ads, the club should surely benefit to the tune of millions more.

    Should we be surprised if it were to emerge that he’s fixed a contract at that rate for god knows how many years and that he’d expect a buyer to honour that? Could that be why potential sales have fallen through?

    1
  • Jib

    Apr 25, 2019 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #5

    Hiya toon22

    3
  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Apr 25, 2019 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #6

    Toon will have to keep their cool seen Brighton’s last two games – kicked lumps out of the opposition
    Murray, Knockfart will be diving around trying to get pens
    Like to see Muto and Ki starting together

    2
  • barkel

    Apr 25, 2019 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #7

    Jail,

    I think its better for football for a mix of teams to be winning the league, the fans of every other club can be intolerable at some point.

    I think Atsu will be used in place of Almiron, would like to see Muto get a run out though and I’d probably start Johnjo at the weekend too, make sure that Hayden is fully recovered. Although I think Rafa would go with Diame

    2
  • Jib

    Apr 25, 2019 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #8

    It’s more likely that after the fans forum in 2017
    when Charnley said SD would start paying – that the fee
    is £1M per month and those accounts just show the first months payment.

    1
  • Jib

    Apr 25, 2019 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #9

    barkel
    I agree with your first paragraph

    1
  • geordietom

    Apr 25, 2019 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #10

    jib …

    sorry i did’nt get back to you last night re: Benidorm . i like you dont like the place that much but the missus likes it there … if we cancelled the holiday we would of lost out on £ 800 …

    might watch the match in the gallowgate bar …

    before i get blitzed i sad match pmsl…

    3
  • geordietom

    Apr 25, 2019 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #11

    TOON22 …

    the F.A. ?

    1
  • ronaldo aarons

    Apr 25, 2019 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #12

    Jail
    Last thread. Sorry I don’t actually know what you mean by choice between Murphy and lambert?

    0
  • RobLeenio

    Apr 25, 2019 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #13

    I think 10th is out of reach and we’ll be lucky to finish above both Palace and West Ham.

    Honestly, at this point I’d settle for beating last season’s points total and 12th position. Anything more is a bonus.

    3
  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Apr 25, 2019 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #14

    Almiron’s pace and running will be missed and his absence will doubtless cost us points in the run in. He reminds me of a young Kieron Dyer, basically runs around at top pace all match, and a major headache to defend against, as well as creating a ton of space for others.

    Also noticeable now that Rafa clearly prefers Ki’s more economical percentage game to Shelvey’s more brilliant one in the centre of the park.

    Huddersfield and now Brighton’s problems show how hard it is to stay up even when you throw a bit of money around. Think the club is on track, even if for fans the level of investment has been very frustrating, but we really did have a very good first season back, and it’s been a very good season this time round bearing in mind that horror start we suffered, and since we’ve been right up there with the best of the rest, thanks to Rafa, his staff and the players.

    Good at the end of the day, but Rafa must be allowed to finish the job he so clearly has started and that really does mean increased backing now, otherwise yes, it’ll be a contemptible tragedy.

    3
  • ronaldo aarons

    Apr 25, 2019 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #15

    Who is Melissa Reddy? On bbc, she’s put schar in her team if the year. Who says women don’t know football?

    2
  • NY Mag

    Apr 25, 2019 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #16

    Jib @ 8

    Really…..you believe that?

    4
  • JohnJ

    Apr 25, 2019 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #17

    Nicky the ball tosser

    Apr 25, 2019 at 10:13 AM
    Comment #14

    A tragedy is an understatement!

    1
  • dee em

    Apr 25, 2019 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #18

    Ashley has always stated away from borrowing cash for future plans – bearing in mind the £150 million hit he’s just taken from Debenhams we can only hope he sees the sale of the club as the quickest and easiest way to get it back. It was noticeable that to me there was not much crowing from nufc fans when it happened, aiming for a sale rather than retribution against us!!

    2

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