Do you think Newcastle will avoid the drop? Vote now!

Trap Door! This will strike a chord with those of a certain age!
The business end of the season is fast approaching and it’s fair to say that our Premier League future is far from secure as we stand.

Would I go as far to say that we are in a relegation fight? No, not yet, but whilst the gap between us and the bottom three teams remains so slim there is always a chance of being dragged into it.

Newcastle have just come through a real tough patch of games where they have played teams that will likely end up in the top six at the end of the season in five of the last ten league matches. To be fair we haven’t come through that run of games too badly, but it could have been much better had we managed to hang on to those leads against Tottenham and Sunderland.

On the whole, the performances have been of a high standard and the team are still fighting, which is a major difference from the side that we had when we were relegated two years ago. Chances are still being created and our defence looks sound, and we still have players like Hatem Ben Arfa and Stephen Ireland to come back into the team.

Newcastle currently have 32 points, but with three home games coming up in the next five fixtures I would like to think that we will add to that haul sooner rather later. If we can win all three homes, which will be a tough ask in the Premier League, then I would say that we are pretty much safe.

It’s not just about us though as other teams have to win games to catch up with us. Five points may not sound a lot, but it still takes quite a lot to claw that difference back when a team is stuck near the foot of the table, especially when you see the games that some of the teams down there have left to play.

It’s imperative that Newcastle grab a win at the earliest opportunity. Grabbing all three points at St Andrews tomorrow evening would be a start and would go quite a way to securing Premier League football for another year, but even a point would keep us ticking over in my opinion.

I think nine points could do it, whether that be three wins, two wins and three draws, one win and six draws or whatever. It doesn’t matter how the points are gained, it only matters that we have gained them.

So come on then, let us know how you feel!

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108 thoughts on “Do you think Newcastle will avoid the drop? Vote now!

  1. To be honest, I think we’ve got plenty of games left in the season to get at least another dozen points from, what we need is for our front men to start scoring goals again to help win those games & not just to expect our defence to stop others from scoring against us…. like we use to do under KK, always score more than we concede πŸ˜†

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  2. Like i said earlier the sooner we confirm safety the sooner we can plan for the summer and maybe even push on a little when the likes of Ben Arfa & Ireland are fit!

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  3. Deffo think we will avoid the drop. Our solid defense and midfield will provide the security. Dont think we are worse than Sunderland and they are 7! Provided our strikers start scoring, I can see us finishing around 7-12th place.

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  4. Aye, but we’ll need more than the norm.

    Alot will depend on our homes games against Wolves, WBA and Birmingham.

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  5. How long’s Ireland out for?

    I keep forgetting about him to be honest.

    Seen his tattoo with the wings on his back? What a complete and utter prat

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  6. It was a shame we couldn’t get the points against a poor Rovers side, but.. these Blackburn and Stoke type sides stay in the top division for a reason and they could have just as easily gone down the other end and scored a totally undeserved winner in the 89th min IMO. So an away point in the prem is never to be sniffed at. If we can get a point a game in fact until the end of the season that will maintain our little gap. Be that 3 draws or a win and two defeats it doesn’t really matter. I’d like to think when we get the likes or Ireland and Benny fit though we might be slightly more ambitious.

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  7. A win at Birmingham City & NUFC is in a position to challenge for Europa. If AP can take them close, especially with a thin squad, there is a better chance that some players will sign new contracts rather than go looking for teams already in Europe competition. The rest of the season is making the current squad really wanting to come back and achieve big things.

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  8. we cannot expect anything from benny this year in fact he wont get many games imo if we are stuggleing,lets just get him fit for next season

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  9. Sunderland have just lost 3 and have two difficult games coming up. A win tomorrow and we’ll be 2 points behind them. πŸ™‚

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  10. Dear me,i seriously hope martins don’t score the winning goal.

    Being sick enough to see ex-newcastle players keeps scoring the winning goal. πŸ‘Ώ

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  11. Any of that lot (Martins Carr or Bowyer) will no doubt score against us.

    Iv’e watched Zigic in the last few games and he is the worst footballer I have seen in a long time … then he scores … 3 goals in 3 games !!!

    I am sure it will be tight tomorrow … 1-2 best and nolan to score ..

    Blackburn on Saturday and Brum tomorrow … cannot wait … πŸ˜€

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  12. It’s all sorted Ice, then after Saturday start on decorating, hoose up for sale and moving owa there πŸ˜• πŸ˜• πŸ˜₯ πŸ˜₯

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  13. RICHIE good on you m8,you need bank rate to stay this way till you off-load,then go up so you get more for your quid πŸ˜‰ its a bloody headache m8

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  14. batty…that’s why I’m going to spain, there’s only so many I can fit under the patio here πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜†

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  15. Ice.. it’s when the house sells and we transfer the money over, that we’ll get stung……might have to get batty to bring it over in a suitcase πŸ˜€

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  16. rich GG kna iam not that thick man ,ile stick it on shola too score a hatrick against man u πŸ˜† πŸ˜†

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  17. Instead of worrying what problems Birmingham can cause us, if we take a grip on the game early on and Jonas and Jose get at Carr we will be in business.

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  18. RICHIE jokeing aside when you do m8 get in touch ill tell you where you will get best ex-rate,ive used them got 3cents over the said rate,has to be at least 3grand like,when it was Β£1.16,i got Β£1.19,in malta bank within 24hrs

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  19. There’s no way that we’re getting relegated this season. With Ben Arfa, Ireland, and Shola to come back from injury for the final stretch of our season, I could see us possibly getting into 7th. It’ll obviously be hard, but it’s definitely a possibility.

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  20. and who knows, Routledge could come back to NUFC as a changed man who can actually effectively play football again!

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  21. Bobby has a good point. We know Carr is shyte, and our left side can rip him a new arsehole if on form. I think that could (again) be our best bet IMO.

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  22. i forgot which were the 3 teams bottom of lge just after xmas,par for course they go down normally with one team crashing down from mid-table to fight it out,but this is a strange old season

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  23. I’m confident of our left flank completely embarassing Carr. Would love to see a goal for Jonas or Jose tomorrow

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  24. Our manager of the week is West Ham’s Scott Parker. Okay, so technically he is not a manger but after hearing West Ham striker Carlton Cole reveal how he was moved to tears by his captain’s half-time speech before the Hammers blasted back from three goals down (“Scott was in the zone – I’ve never seen him like that. If you were there you would have had a tear in your eye.”) it couldn’t really be anybody else. It does make you wonder what Avram Grant does though.
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    😯 πŸ™„

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  25. Well lads be careful what u lots saying.

    U might be seeing carr,bowyer and martins scoring. 😯

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  26. I know it’s obvious but if we can keep our own width and stop their crosses at source i can’t seem them doing much else, i can also see Nolan drifting in because there centre midfielders aren’t exactly known for tracking back!

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  27. agree in regards to our left but Carr’s never been a slouch, plus they had two massive lumps for centre backs, so i’m not expecting any of Jonas’ Beckham esq crosses landing on Best’s head tomorrow.

    Like Blackburn, I don’t think there will be many point between us and Brum come the end of the season, think it’s going to be a close game. A win would go down a f’kin treat though πŸ˜€

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  28. Dan, good point about the central midfield. Nolan is definitely our best goal threat at the moment. If they give him the room, he’ll put them away

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  29. Now that I’m looking at everything though, their defense at home is their strongest factor. And then our strikers are probably our wost position. Hmmm. Still think we can pull out all three points. The lads kind of deserve it after the Blackburn game.

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  30. Yeah i said that before about his finishing! Hopefully Tiote can handle Ferguson and Bowyer going the other way but i feel Bentley and Larsson will be their main threats.

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  31. definitely agree, Bentley and Larsson are easily their greatest threats. Tiote can obviously handle Ferguson and Bowyer. Colo should know how to exterminate Oba, and Willo was just immense in the last game! Our play has begged for a win in the last couple games instead of draws. It’s about time that comes to fruition tomorrow

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  32. Voted that we’d be safe, cause its far too early to start panicking yet. Thought lovenkrands was being a bit rich earlier? Didn’t create many chances? Bollocks, Loven just didn’t put any away. Bit cheeky throwing the Carroll thing in as well…sure Loven was brilliant last season…but he’s been shocking this season, two premier league goals in how many appearances? Both of them were pretty poor as well…I mean a goal is a goal and all but he’s got nothing to brag about really. If he doesn’t net in the next match then honestly I might start with the Ranger, because loven does next to nothing in open play really and useless at set pieces. I like him, and I want him to score…but he’s been poor so far. Ameobi can’t get fit quick enough!

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  33. Yeah agree! My worry is that a ball goes into the box and happens to hit Zigics head and goes in, like it has the last 2 games! But focusing on us i thought before no one has thought of playing Lovenkrands and Ranger upfront, i don’t think they’ve ever played together but i could work.

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  34. NewkieBrown

    Like you say Lovenkrands does next to nothing. This might be a game to try Kuqi actually. He could give us a bit of strength upfront and play in Best or Nolan. He can come back for set-pieces aswell where I think Brum will try to batter us. Ranger and Mcloven will be as much use as an ash tray on a motorbike for that.

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  35. BeeGuy makes a good point. Personally, I agree with AP on this one: it’s sensible for all sides now to hold off talks with any of the high-earners until we know which division we’re in next season. No point committing to wages we can’t afford, and Jose ain’t cheap.

    I think we’ll survive, but I’m not so sure about anything beyond that. 7th would require a huge upturn in form, sadly. It could happen…

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  36. Yeah, Loven has been dreadful this season. Pardew needs to get up him before this game to prove something otherwise he’ll be dropped. Interesting thought to start Kuqi, but I’m not sure if having two somewhat-decent lumps from the start will help. Although I could be completely wrong and that’s Pardew’s thought already and he goes on to score a brace and deliver an assist. There’s really no knowing. Nolan could start as a striker and Guthrie could start in center mid!

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  37. We need to really go at them tomorow and keep this form going. It’s 5 games since a win now. I can’t see us beating Bolton who look one of the best teams in the league. Also its not until the 26th that we play again so a good result is a must.

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  38. Yeah, it’s a shame R.Taylor isn’t ready yet as we could of put Barton cm and R.Taylor rm if Nolan was to get pushed up top.

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  39. DJG
    Exactly mate…I think we had 12 corners against blackburn as well. 12 corners and not one conversion? Thats a pretty terrible return for any team, but with Shola out we’re basically reliant on our centre backs for an attacking platform which is frankly unbelieveable. May aswell whack Kuqi on at half time if loven is doing nowt, maybe even start? He needs more than the last 2 minutes thats for sure.

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  40. Trapdoor! What an awesome show that was πŸ˜€ Yes, I’m that old πŸ˜† I think we’ll survive easy enough although I on’t think top 10 πŸ˜€

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  41. of course we will stay up. Tho we havent been winning we have still been picking up points which is the main thing. Cant remember too many games were we were out played. If our strikers start scoring we could finish top 10 which be massive achievement. Think we could beat brum but would be happy enough wit a point tho 3 points is wat we should be aiming for

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  42. I don’t think we’ll have any issues staying up.

    Just seen the West Brom and West Ham games. Those teams are both down for certain. They are playing terribly…
    Then Blackpool, Wolves, Wigan. One of those three will go down too.

    What we should be asking is can we finish top half and push for Europe next next with good investment. Top eight and a cup run. That should be our goal.

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  43. Bolton look one of the best teams in the league?? πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜†
    they look like us and most of the rest, distinctly average.
    How can you not see us beating them at home? They beat West Ham their first away game of the season and Wolves away mid November and thats it for them.
    They’ve had 2 wins out of 8, hardly makes them one of the best teams in the league, not having a go just baffled by your logic πŸ˜•

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  44. DJG > I can’t see us beating Bolton who look one of the best teams in the league.
    Have you been back on the glue again πŸ˜†
    Ice I see you met Rodzilla lastnight mate πŸ˜€

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  45. RAWRCYCLE!
    Think we’ll finish any where from 7th to 14th. Brom, wolves, and Wigan going sown for me.
    Willo struggles against quick strikers. I’m a bit concerned about him dealing with martins.

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