Euro dreams over!

No Europe? Oh well.....
You’ll likely not find a more deluded sounding title with regard to NUFC this season, but in a sense the meaning behind the title is true.

This weekend saw the end of any lingering hopes with regard to Europe and will mean that the remainder of our season will purely be focussed on us getting the results to maintain our current league position and avoid getting into any trouble at the wrong end of the table.

It looks as though fifth place will be the only league position that will gain qualification to next seasons Europa League, which is going to be a stretch too far for us in my opinion. However, the fact that we have got to March without being eliminated from the Euro race, and the fact that it has taken some freak results in the cup competitions to rule us out, is an indication of just how well we have done this season and just how open the league table is this year.

I’m getting slightly fed up of people pissing on aspirations though if I’m being honest. Yes survival was our main aim for the season, but whilst we had a chance of getting to Europe we should have been going all out to grab it. We might not be good enough to have made it, but what is the harm in trying?

I keep hearing people banging on about survival and how we are in a relegation scrap yet we are actually closer to sixth place as things stands currently. Why not look up whilst only having a tentative look down? Are Sunderland and Bolton also in a relegation scrap then? Naturally it could all change and we could get dragged into trouble, which could be said for the two teams above us aswell, but one win and it makes it all look a little bit more rosy.

I’m acutely aware that survival is the main aim for the season, but at the minute we have a chance of finishing the season in top ten at the very least. Europe is gone, if it was ever on in the first place, which means that we just have to concentrate on winning football games. We may have nothing to play for in terms of qualification, but we still have everything to play for in the league.

A higher finish will hopefully attract a better type of player than we could get if we finished just above relegation, so in the short term there is probably very little to play for, but when you look at the bigger picture a strong finish to the season could be vitally important.

Drum beating over!

Howay the lads!

127 thoughts on “Euro dreams over!

  1. Fecking hell Toonsy mate, took my ages to comment on this article. IMO you should make this place easier to navigate around and a more friendly place to post 😉 😉


  2. But Jobey, it’s really hard to navigate you know? I mean scrolling down is a massive technical step these days 😆


  3. Jobey – Did you know that this board has twice as many comments as the O/T board in half the time? Davey would like that titbit 🙂


  4. toonsy- i reckon you should go on and tell him, he’ll probably still be ready to argue with anybody online, as he has been all day


  5. Jobey – Dunno if it’s Wolfie or not to be honest. I’m guessing it is which is why he is saying that he hasn’t posted on here because Wolfie has and I’ll check it and hunt it down no probs. I might even piss about with his internet settings if I can get in to them 😆


  6. Toonsy- Aye, that’d be a laugh. get the sadact off the internet for a couple of minutes 😛
    How do you do avatars btw? am i just being thick?


  7. Dave – Batty knows I’m having a laugh 😉

    Jobey – It can take a couple of comments to get up and running but eventually it comes along 🙂


  8. We ain’t gonna make Europe if 5th is as low as it goes but we can go for 6th if we can start winning instead of drawing or losing by odd goal – we are def as good as liverpool, bolten and sunderlandcif not better – consistency is the key


  9. i said survival only at the start of the season,and i’ll stick by that.
    we’ve got some tough games coming up,and i haven’t been that happy with the way we have been playing recently.the brum aside,who lets be honest apart from their slice of luck in the cup,have been struggling,so it wasn’t exactly a freak result was it?.
    i still think we could get turned over a good few times,have some squeaky bum time moments,and limp over the line to safety.
    stoke away is a big ask at any given time,blackpool away could also be dodgy,and liverpool away could put the tin hat on it,if andy carroll puts us to the sword,with the fat controller looking on.


  10. Toonsy my days of flirting are well and truly over
    dave ask batty he will fix you up with sumit to help you oot m8


  11. Just read the comments about the guy on footymad, fecking spanner 😆 I’m not quite sure on this filling of the pie 😕


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