Onwards and upwards?

Shaping up for a show at St James'?
On Saturday afternoon – the 130th anniversary of Newcastle United – the ‘Geordie Heroes’ battled to a 1-1 draw with Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Both goals had elements of luck about them and I would say that a draw between the two sides was a fair result on what was a momentous day for the football club.

It was a great response to our first defeat inflicted by Manchester City last week and Alan Pardew had gathered his troops and prepared them for this tough test well. But with gaining a result such as the one we did yesterday it raises the question whether or not we push on and start another unbeaten run?

Nobody can say we haven’t been tested yet, we were unlucky not to gain more out of the fixture at City last weekend when we went close to scoring several times and caused them more than a few problems.

Of the current top six we have faced Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham aswell as a draw against 7th placed Arsenal. Out of those four games we have drawn three games and only lost one. I think that is testament to how far this team has come under Alan Pardew’s guidance. The fact that we have been able to pick up points against these top teams indicates, to me anyway, that Newcastle are pushing on more than ever before.

Our next game sees us return to St James’ Park to face Chelsea. This will be a very interesting fixture and the last time that the two sides met the game ended in a 2-2 draw. This game can be a platform for the Magpies to push on and perhaps demonstrate that we want to be taken seriously with regard to our position at the top of the table.

This next future could be one that could see us push on and make huge strides before Christmas and consolidate a strong position. If we play like we have done so far this season then that will stand us in good stead for the rest of the season. The team are playing for each other and that is evident on the pitch and the fact that there is a strong resilience in defence will, hopefully, allow us to carry on this wonderful season.

Newcastle United are a team on the up and we will be able to continue that with a result against Chelsea on Saturday. It’s live on Sky Sports; many will tune in to see how Newcastle fair and that could be a perfect opportunity to demonstrate to a huge audience that Newcastle United are a team to be feared this season.

I’m sure Alan Pardew will prepare his troops for this test and like he said in his post-match interview after the Red Devils game it will be a perfect platform for us to win against a top side.

Perhaps with a decent result we’ll start to be taken more seriously?

About Zoë Vicarage

A lifelong Newcastle fan. Currently exiled in Sunderland studying Sports Journalism at the University of Sunderland Follow me on Twitter: @ZoeVicarage

87 thoughts on “Onwards and upwards?

  1. …with regards to our upcoming fixture, as long as I can remember we’ve always played well against Chelsea but just not had too much luck with the results. I see no reason why we can’t get 3 points here.

    When does Gutierrez’s ban kick in?


  2. Rod…but you’d be betting for him to still be there for the Wolves game..as he will be hopefully.

    Jonas misses the Chelsea game 🙁


  3. …as far as I can tell there’s just no market for him Richie.

    Feck, pisser about Jonas. We ain’t got Marveaux either. Wonder if we might see Raylor at LM and Santon at LB???


  4. He was injured Steve, as far as I’m aware he’s fit again though. He just seems to be getting overlooked. Suppose we’ve got a few options available in Spidey’s absence. I’d go for the straight swap with Sammeobi.

    ….begs the question, what happens if Tiote is fit though, Guthrie benched? Mind you, PhysioRoom have him down with a knee ligament injury, and out until 3rd December! 🙁


  5. We shouldn’t get carried away over results and starting to think that we are entitled to the spoils of any game..It has to be earned.

    We are doing really well at the moment and long may that continue but let’s live in hope rather than expectation because if we start expecting, we are in for a kick in the teeth.

    Remember, there is an extremely fine line between a confident team who get results and a team that can plummet on the back of a few bad results and it starts and ends mainly with the fans.

    When everything is brilliant, the player respond likewise with the full backing of the fans singing their names and making all the right noises.

    Just remember though, we as fans are a fickle bunch and we have the capability to destroy all the good work by expecting too much too soon from the team.

    A few bad results, especially against teams we believe we have a god given right to win, will soon get the fans singing the negative and the newspapers creating the headlines of BUBBLES BURST…MAGPIES WINGS CLIPPED…blah blah..

    We know it because we have seen it and been through it.

    We are at home to Chelsea and have a better chance of winning than we have done previously based on our teams quality and work ethic…forget about the Chelsea slump because they are still just as dangerous.

    Hope for the best, wish for a high finish…dream of playing in the Europa/champs league… sing the praises of the team/management… but don’t become too expectant because the higher your expectations, the more pressure the team is under to perform to them and it could be a recipe for disaster.

    W e are doing fantastic up to now and are in the process of moving forward faster than we all thought. let’s allow the club to see it come to fruition.


  6. Aye Ron, it certainly shows the nob head up for what he really is doesn’t it and that nob in his gob is about right as well.
    He actually believes he’s god, the Whisky nosed twat.


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