Top 6 – Ours to lose?

King Kenny's crown is slipping
King Kenny’s Mersey men dropped a royal clanger yesterday as they surrendered yet another three Premier League points, this time to top flight strugglers Wigan Athletic.

Dalglish turned to his £35million substitute at half time, giving Carroll 45 minutes to turn the game around after the home side came in at the break 1-0 down. Big Andy wasn’t up to the task, however.

Liverpool did manage to pull level through a combination of Gerrard and Suarez, but the brief moment of brilliance was all they could muster in the game and Wigan captain Gary Caldwell was able to cancel it out with a neat finish on 63 minutes.

From there on in, hump ball was the answer. It was a plan B that we on Tyneside witnessed often when Carroll wore the black and white – stick it on his head and hope for the best. The best was one flick on to Suarez that ended with a tame effort on the Wigan goal.

The loss was Liverpool’s fifth in six Premier League outings, and it was celebrated by this Toon fan like an NUFC win. The question now is can we take advantage?



Pardew and the lads must smell blood. Liverpool are a wounded, disjointed side that can’t seem to buy a win in the league right now. That said, they’ve been struggling for the best part of six weeks, and where we ought to have been going in for the kill, we’ve let the chance to pull away slip.

In recent weeks, Newcastle have dropped points at home to Wolves and the Mackems, as well as let a deserved point slip at Arsenal. The Norwich game was, for the most part, sloppy and unattractive. Yet, it was a win, and three points looks the same in the table no matter how it is achieved. But was it the ‘turning point’ that Pardew hailed it as?

As it stands, the distance between Liverpool in 7th and Newcastle in 6th is 5 points, with a win at The Hawthorns on Sunday stretching that gap to 8 points. By this time tomorrow, we could be sitting on 50 points – joint with Chelsea in 5th and propping up the top 6 teams in the Premier League.

It seems as though it’s ours to throw away now. Here’s hoping our grip on 6th place will be strong enough to bring European football back to St. James’ Park.

About ArchieMag

26 years young. Bachelors Degree in Politics and Media Studies. Aspiring author and journo. Lived in Newcastle all my life and will live here for the rest of it. HWTL.

42 thoughts on “Top 6 – Ours to lose?

  1. Id say ours to lose IF we win one of our next two games…

    Right now I still see it as neck ad neck between us and Liverpool because if things go bad they’ll be just two behind us next weekend…

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  2. the ball is definately in our court,a win today and fifth place is within our reach,lets just hope the lads can find their early season form, and finish what has been a great season with a flourish,sixth is certainly ours to lose now

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  3. I agree with JJ. Yes we are in the box seat right now,but only because Liverpool lost. If we lose then there is no difference.

    I we get a draw today and then beat Liverpool it will put us 9 ahead of them with only six games left to play.

    Then again, it will all come down to a question which I’m writing about right now so you’ll have to wait to see what it is 😆

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  4. Archie – I was thinking the very same thing yesterday. If we win today that puts us 8 clear with 8 to play.
    My only trouble was that with City and Liverpool still to play, our run in could still see us drop afew points – it’s whether Liverpool will as well.
    I’m sure they will, because I think Liverpools priority now will be the FA Cup. Win that and it would go down as a hugely successful season for them (even though they have been rubbish).
    They have nothing more to play for in the league, having already qualified for Europe with the Carling Cup win.
    The scum and Everton would be 10 points behind (if we win today) and again, one of those will progress in the FA cup which will distract them. Either way, I don’t see either of those gaining enough points to nick it off us … They could however get to Wembley and stop us qualify that way.

    A win today would be a great result for us though I think, and finishing 6th after the summer/pre season we had was just unthinkable.

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  5. a lot of the bindippers fans, are calling for king kenny to go,i hope they get the scots twats heed on a plate

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  6. If looking at the results yesterday doesn’t spur the lads on to beat the baggies today then I don’t know what will 😯 😯
    I’m gannin for a 2-1 toon win, Ba & Cabaye free-kick …..COME ON THE FECKIN TOOOOON!!!!!!! 😆 😆 😆 😎 😎 😎
    …….p.s. was anyone else here absolutely pissing themselves when Donkey Suarez’s goal was disallowed? …….foookin class!!!! 😈 😈 😈

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  7. I think its very fair to say results have gone in our favour. But I think we should be lookin at chelsea instead of Liverpool. Liverpool are a poor team. Their manager is stuck in the 60’s for tactics. Going for a little and large combo up front shows how out of touch he is. They are also going to fall into the same trap we did with shearer and build their team around an aging star and when gerrard goes they will be in trouble.
    We need 3 points today and hunt down chelsea

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  8. Yesterday has taken the pressure off for me, We can turn in our now traditional annual piss poor hawthorns effort and not be looking over the shoulder or failing that give west brom a taste of their own for that farcical final game last season.

    The dippers this time next week havent got to many this season but cant say im not looking forward to giving wor mandy, juan sheet, kenneth and henderson a deserved sjp welcome… 😈

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  9. Remember peeps how Liverpool do in the league is irrelevant now, they are basically an invisible team to us, the only affect they can have on our European aspirations is in the FA cup.

    Atm 6th won’t get Europe, if Liverpool beat Everton/Sunderland and reach the final THEN 6th will provide europa, otherwise the team that beat Liverpool get it.
    However if Liverpool beat them and reach the final and finish above us in the table, 7th would also be euro qualification (as they’ve already qualified)

    It’s a horrible feeling to have the fate of our season in their hands. Either way a fantastic achievement given what they’ve spent, getting Europa league and finishing above them would be the cherry on the cake to smear on the face of our geordie judas and his little amigo 😆

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  10. If we win today I believe we can realistically look at fourth. Spurs are in poor form and Chelsea are just so poor. We’d only be 5 points off and Spurs have some tough games. Although having said that, I don’t really think we’re good enough but a win today would make it interesting.

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  11. Even if we dont qualify for europe just finishing above liverpool would be so so sweet after whats been said…

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  12. CC agree, loving how these days players do worse when they leave us. Makes a nice change!

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  13. Archie good read mate 😉

    Stuart I think there is no hope of catching Spuds, I think we’ll do well to maintain our position never mind catch spuds.
    If we were on a super run like Arsenal then yeah but I can’t really see that happen because I honestly don’t think our team is capable of that.
    But I don’t think catching Chelski is out of the question if we take advantage of their slip ups, but we havn’t done that up to now so I can’t really see us changing now.

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  14. Dave – That’s what I’ve said really. We’re not good enough but after today we could only be 5 points off fourth and that’s an achievement in itself.

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  15. Taking nothing for granted today and imagine we could get our asses handed to us. Trying not to let the hopes get too high here… defense mechanism against the heartbreak and all…

    They’ve won their last two at home, WBA, so they’re on a bit of a roll, but I also read that they’re not generally the strongest at home for some reason.

    Did they tear apart our high-line last time? I have this feeling that was their tactic.

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  16. The bias of the media to some managers is awful, I bet Daglish’s points/game is the same as Hodgson’s now.

    Also remember how much stick Wenger got at the start of the season? All the while Redknapp is lauded as one of the great English managers ever. Madness.

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  17. It’s so irritating to think if we had not capitulated against Wolves and Fulham, and held out for a draw against Arsenal, then we would be playing to go into 4th today! 🙁 😛

    RE. Dalglish, I reckon he will ultimately resign. It would surely be too embarrassing for Liverpool fans to sack their beloved hero? I don’t think it will happen until sometime next season though.

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  18. The media bias is cringeworthy hodgson would have been slaughtered if he had spunked so much money on carroll, henderson, downing, adam and coates.

    When keggy returned the press were falling over themselves to tell us how long he had been out for (2005-2008) and how times had changes wheras queen kenneth was not involved in english football since we got rid in 1998 until 2011 and not the slightest mention 🙄

    Lets hope he keeps up the good work… 😆

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  19. Old Firm up north today too, in special circumstances, it seems.

    Are Rangers being forced to sell players? Maybe Bocanegra could strengthen our squad and give Willo something more to think about till Saylor’s back in action.

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  20. Not gunna be watchin the match 😥 , gunna watch the hunger games with my mates at the cinema, 2.3 hour long film starts at about 3.30. So will need to pretend I need the toilet to check the score :mrgreen:

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  21. If the bindippers loss yesterday doesn’t give the lads the impetus to go for the kill today nothing will . I got this one down for a draw and a win against the dippers next weekend. Should we win today next weekends game will be mighty tasty for sure.

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  22. think we need a win today really keep us in the race for europe and pretty much cement a top 6 finish. if we win aswell we will only be 5 points of spurs with 8 games left we could still have a chance for top 4 finish if we can just string some wins together something chelsea,liverpool and tottenham are struggling to do at the moment

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  23. KIMTOON- I’m sure the Liverpool defeat will spur them on but they look like they’ve just run out if steam and there’s not much they can do about that tbh.

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  24. Chris G
    too late, tickets booked. Heard its supposed to be quite good though, and read the books which I liked.

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  25. Don’t like that lineup… Can see us losing around 4-1 today… On form.

    Hope I’m wrong… Been full of surprises this team… Willo and Perch at left back scares the crap out of me…

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  26. Beating liverpool is the key really. A win should see us put enough distance between ourselves and those scummy twats, a loss and they could easily rally and overtake us however….Plus winning at the baggies today would be a massive ask, can’t see it as they always seem to outplay us easily…

    Anyway-how good was it that Caroll played Wigan on for their second goal. Enrique last week, Caroll this. Fucking hilarious if you ask me 😆

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  27. great team performance,everyone played the’re part but ben arfa was total class followed by perch,the most improved player in our team by a mile

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