Obviously it would have looked a lot more realistic if we’d kept Cabaye and actually done something mad like investing in the team, but against all odds, I believe the last two wins have actually given Newcastle United the platform to match the fifth place of two years ago and actually even beat it.
With only ten matches left of the season, the league table doesn’t lie.
Five of our last ten matches are against teams who are no better than six points off the relegation zone and indeed two of them are currently in the bottom three. If we attack those matches in the right fashion then that could, and maybe should, be 15 points to add to our current 43 points.
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That would give Newcastle 58 points and if we could win the first two of those matches against relegation candidates Fulham and Palace then it would really set us up for the final eight games.
If five wins were secured against the strugglers then it would leave United needing only seven points to match the 65 points total of 2011/12 and if that points total was achieved, then it is almost certain we’d then have a better goal difference than that measly +5 of two seasons ago.
On the other hand a draw away at Southampton is more than achievable, which then gives us the two massive games – Everton and Manchester United, both at home.
Can we beat these two? Well it is certainly possible. As to whether we will remains to be seen.
Obviously Newcastle need to pick up those other points but if we can beat these two clubs who are currently the clubs right above us, it would clearly give us a double impetus as we’d also be denying them points.
WIN Fulham (A)
WIN Crystal Palace (H)
WIN Everton (H)
DRAW Southampton (A)
WIN Manchester United (H)
WIN Stoke (A)
WIN Swansea (H)
LOSE Arsenal (A)
WIN Cardiff (H)
LOSE Liverpool (A)
Do you agree on the potential above or should we just give up now?