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Newcastle Have Huge Opportunity To Finish 6th Top This Season



Against a good and in-form Crystal Palace team at Selhurst Park Stadium last night, Manchester United again imploded and went down 4-0, and their defense looked hopeless.

With Newcastle back to full strength with Isak, Gordon, and Wilson all fit, the chances are we can beat Manchester United away a week tomorrow night and further our claims to finish 6th top.

And any further lapses from Tottenham, who have lost their last 4 league games and Newcastle could even catch Spurs, but that’s doubtful at best – but possible.

In those 4 previous games, Newcastle captured 3 wins and 9 points, so we have gained 9 points on Tottenham over the last 4 league games.

If Newcastle win our last 3 games or even get 7 points, then it looks like we will finish 6th – because of our much superior goal difference.

That’s whatever Manchester United and Chelsea do over their final 3 games of the season.

Here are the league standings at the moment.

Premier League Table 2023-2024

PositionTeamPlayedWonLostDrawnGDPoints
5Tottenham38201261366
6Chelsea38181191463
7Newcastle38181462360
8Man United3818146-160
9West Ham38141310-1452

So the final 3 games of the season are crucial.

And it will be close to a miracle if the boys can finish 6th top and it would be a testament to Eddie Howe’s coaching abilities, given all the injuries we have had this season.

What do you think?


150 comments so far

  • Raj of Hailsley

    May 7, 2024 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #1

    Back of the net, had to log in as well.

    1
  • Rotonda heights

    May 7, 2024 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #2

    Reasonable?

    LC
    @NUFCLC
    ·
    14h
    Tonight’s result means that if Newcastle win two more games – we qualify for Europe again in Eddie Howe’s second full season in charge. Has came under criticism this season for certain aspects he needs to improve on (from myself included) but that would be some achievement. #NUFC

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  • WLtoon

    May 7, 2024 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #3

    Palace are my 2nd fav team all of a sudden haha, get in you beauties.
    Seriously though, how bad were Manure last night, one things for sure, if they play like that then they are getting nothing from us at their place, shocking.

    1
  • Not another deJong

    May 7, 2024 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #4

    Win the next one and take it one game at a time. The league table will take care of its self.

    8
  • Raj of Hailsley

    May 7, 2024 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #5

    Unwarranted and knee jerk criticism I may add.

    10
  • snowdone

    May 7, 2024 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #6

    What a compliment it is to Eddie and his team to be in this position! None of you need reminding that we are playing with a back five that were not considered first choice. How have the Red devils got into a position where Casemiro is considered for centre back???
    Surely, there must be someone who could slot in.
    Great kudos to all our bonny lads for stepping up to the plate so many times.

    7
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 7, 2024 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #7

    Watched the youtube video of the ManU fans as CP goals went in, it was hilarious.

    Especially funny was the guy having a rant over their disallowed goal! 🙂

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  • Transfer Sage

    May 7, 2024 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #8

    Rotonda

    I was similar. There was a point around the turn where we were shipping goals and losing games and it didn’t look like we were adapting well at all. Same issues every week.

    I didn’t have any desire to see a change in manager but I did say if we just do the same the rest of the year and don’t try anything different, questions may well be asked and at best he’d have put doubt in some people’s minds about his ability to change things up when times are hard…which is an issue for plenty managers (Postecoglu being a prime example).

    Howe instead worked wonders and made changes, turned the season around and then has us in a strong position as players return. I’d give his performance this season a 9.5 / 10.

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  • Fenham to Chalfont

    May 7, 2024 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #9

    Hahaha if you know about this guy you will really appreciate how satisfying it is to watch its meltdown. Love it and deserved:

    https://x.com/fbawaydays/status/1787576479636763122?s=46

    4
  • Munster Mag

    May 7, 2024 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #10

    I’m glad Eddie has turned that series or performances around but I dont think the criticism was unwarranted. Reasonable journos like The Geordie Journos, Hope a d various fair u tubers like True Faith, Loaded Mag, xpressed their frustration with some of his tactics. These are all strong nufc fans. Criticism comes with the territory, like praise. Not one of us wanted Eddie anywhere near the exit door, despite the efforts of some to.portray that. I’ve been thrilled to see the changes and Eddie deserves all our thanks for what has probably been a very tiring and tough season for him. Hopefully we got and spend 150 mill to back him up now. Although I think closer to 100 / 120 might be the figure.

    14
  • Munster Mag

    May 7, 2024 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #11

    * go and spend

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  • Fat Basta*d

    May 7, 2024 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #12

    False teeth, false hips… whatever next 😀

    1
  • Transfer Sage

    May 7, 2024 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #13

    Munster

    Totally. The level of criticism varied person to person but from what I read, 99% wanted to see him turn it around and didn’t want to see him move on.

    I even think if we kept losing I’d have been happy him doing again next season, just his credit in the bank would have fallen as there’d be doubts he could adapt. Thankfully he has shown himself to be extremely tactically astute and there’s little to fault this season.

    Given he’s had so many issues to deal with and has adapted, I’d happily write that bad spell off as time where he was trying to make the previous system work despite injured and drilling the new systems into players. A few losses were individual errors too, so really can’t fault him at all.

    5
  • Raj of Hailsley

    May 7, 2024 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #14

    Caulkin and Waugh didn’t Munster.

    5
  • Saratoga

    May 7, 2024 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #15

    Chelsea look to be a real danger.
    Should they be allowed to play in Europe.
    Remember a couple of weeks back news about the scam they came up with to stay within FFP. They sold their hotels to themselves.
    Is it allowed. In Premier League apparently no specific rule against it. Uefa rules don’t allow it. Just from memory re what a read at the time.

    6
  • Adamn_92

    May 7, 2024 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #16

    When we weren’t looking at our best, ‘fair’ criticism was absolutely fine. Questioning if we needed to change shape a bit to fix that gap between defence and midfield that kept getting exposed, concern about what looked like a slight lack of fight in certain games and some starting selections/sub decisions.

    However, when you consider just how bad the injury situation got, meaning we had no rhythm, weak bench, near enough forced into team selections and probably choosing the less ‘risky’ approach of sticking to a shape we know well, instead of experimenting during a tricky and tough patch…… sometimes the criticism felt a tad much and over the top. As it seemed painfully obvious that a lot of the issues would fix themselves when the injury situation improved. Which it has done.

    So it’s a tricky one. Some criticism has been over the top, some has been fine. It’s all about how you go about it, what language you use and your level of understanding all the factors. Not just shouting stuff like “Why is he playing 4-3-3 again!” when it was by far the safer option rather than experimenting with 3-5-2 without your strongest 11 and no options off the bench.

    10
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 7, 2024 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #17

    Fenham

    That was part of the ManU fans meltdown I was referring to! 🙂

    1
  • cyprus

    May 7, 2024 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #18

    Ed
    To your question. I’m sticking with my prediction that 60 points wins 6th.

    Spurs will find a point or three somewhere.

    We need a win and a draw now. I predict squeaky bums time for all three chasers, including us.

    Knowing Newcastle, we’ll probably do it in the last game.

    2
  • Fenham to Chalfont

    May 7, 2024 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #19

    So many man u fans kicking off saying that Howard Webb has stitched them up, because of the keeper barge disallowed goal…The irony in that is Webb was always portrayed as a man u fan and for good right. I mean look at his family picture ffs:

    https://x.com/vicariousvillan/status/1787601222314127755?s=46

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 7, 2024 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #20

    I was one of the why him brigade when Eddie was given the job but once I saw how he introduced proper training routines to the players we had and the obvious beneficial affects it was having on our performances I was sold.

    Never a doubt from me since then!

    He will leave when he wants to, not before!

    6
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 7, 2024 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #21

    Fenham

    I think that that might have been photo shopped! 🙂

    1
  • Fenham to Chalfont

    May 7, 2024 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #22

    Bill,

    Do you reckon 😆

    4
  • Fenham to Chalfont

    May 7, 2024 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #23

    Who’s the secret driver? I’ll go with Isak

    https://x.com/gallowgateshots/status/1787855263220867583?s=46

    0
  • Fenham to Chalfont

    May 7, 2024 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #24
  • the crown princes nashers

    May 7, 2024 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #25

    well if we do make it to the top 6 it be put down as a big bloody miracle the way I see it

    name another manager whos had up to 14 players injured in a season and done what we have done, look at the CL we can hold our heads up high, we didnt go out of the cups first rounds and look at the ties we had to play, eddie howe is my manager of the season but he wont get it by the press though

    if we can sign 3 or 4 good players in the summer and get the whole of our squad back to full fitness we will give some sides a real good hammering next season, I am more then happy to finish in the top 8 this season

    10/10 to eddie howe and his team along with all the players and our owners fantastic season

    24
  • Mund

    May 7, 2024 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #26

    I do find it funny that the same person comes on daily to defend their right to post their opinion day after day after day…

    Just give the fckn opinion and leave it there.

    Nobody cares about said opinion other than a very tiny minority.

    I’ve never in my life seen anyone so desperate to be accepted.

    10
  • check the toastie

    May 7, 2024 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #27

    You going to game Saturday Mund?

    0
  • Fenham to Chalfont

    May 7, 2024 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #28

    TCPN,

    That’s a hell of a good post right there mate… #25 🙂

    1
  • Mund

    May 7, 2024 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #29

    Check

    The gods haven’t decided on that one yet mate.

    Would love to be there for the final game. What will be will be tho.

    You there?

    1
  • Fenham to Chalfont

    May 7, 2024 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #30

    What a turn of fortunes:

    30th March:

    – Man Utd – 50pts
    – Newcastle United – 40 pts

    6th May:

    – Newcastle United – 56pts
    – Man Utd – 54pts

    Made up 12 points on the scum in just over a month. With the injuries we’ve had who’d have thought it. We are getting some much needed players back from injury just at the right time which is even better. Trippier back for Brighton apparently I’m hearing.

    8
  • Mund

    May 7, 2024 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #31

    Fenham

    Seen that yesterday mate.

    Superb from Eddie and the lads

    1
  • Mund

    May 7, 2024 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #32

    Well at least it was us catching them on 12 points rather than the other way round 🙁

    Still not got over that

    5
  • check the toastie

    May 7, 2024 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #33

    Mund – definitely going to game yep. Whats stopping yer? May have a spare ticket.

    1
  • check the toastie

    May 7, 2024 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #34

    In all honesty sooner drink by myself than in a big group, but could maybe meet up with rest of bloggers. Few things to sort tho.

    0
  • check the toastie

    May 7, 2024 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #35

    Atmosphere in the toon will be superb, i will be getting 11oclock train up from Artlepool. See you on it? Last home game, bladder Brighton and lap of honour time. Wots not to like.

    4
  • Arthur Dent

    May 7, 2024 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #36

    Man Utd and Tottenham have put their respective foot in it. Would sixth place get us a European season next year?

    0
  • Munster Mag

    May 7, 2024 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #37

    Jail I don’t care whether Waugh and Caulkin did or didn’t.

    3
  • Mund

    May 7, 2024 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #38

    Check

    Fenham has managed to sort me one mate so I’ll be there. Buzzing! Thanks for the offer of a possible ticket tho pal

    Defo should meet up for a jar or two.

    Fenham

    Top man pal

    2
  • Munster Mag

    May 7, 2024 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #39

    Did I hear a parrot?

    Or was it the school janitor?

    Not sure but does it matter?

    Go play soldiers with your friend, shortie.

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  • Mund

    May 7, 2024 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #40

    Rumours Wilson has picked up an injury

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