When it comes to Premier League matches and our placing in that division, you could even argue failing miserably in the cups (yet again!) hasn’t done any harm.
The latest thing in our favour is that with Chelsea’s progress in the FA Cup it has meant our match at their place has been put back to Wednesday 2nd May (apart from the poor sods who now have to travel to Stamford Bridge midweek).
So it has meant Newcastle have ended up with consecutive home matches against Bolton and Stoke (plus with 12 days rest in between and the chance for people like Tiote and Coloccini to get themselves sorted), instead of Chelsea away sandwiched in between.
That has to be an advantage for us, IF obviously we can put the six points on the board. Indeed the following match is Wigan away which again is a fixture we have to look at as very winnable in the context of the six matches we have left.
Basically we have our three ‘easiest’ looking matches (Bolton, Stoke and Wigan) followed by the three tougher looking ones; Chelsea (A), Manchester City (H), Everton (A).
I think we have a far better chance of taking points out of those last three matches with how the fixtures have now fallen. Particularly when you bear in mind that City and Everton will almost certainly have nothing to play for by the time we play them.
It was gutting to see Chelsea get a massive helping hand from the referee on Saturday and Arsenal swooping late yesterday but the mackems did bore Spurs into dropping two points and that shows us the way ahead.
In these next two rounds of Premier League matches, if Newcastle stay focussed and beat Bolton and Stoke, I would lay down good money that each time you won’t see Arsenal, Spurs and Chelsea all win.
Going into the Wigan match we could all have big smiles on our faces but that relies on a professional job in these two home matches.
I honestly believe our Champions League fate is in our own hands and you can’t ask for more than that.