Alan Pardew sees Newcastle finishing between 4th and 12th
After the defeat to West Ham, Alan Pardew has said that when he has had good teams in the past they’ve always bounced back quickly, including the 2011/12 team that finished fifth.
In 24 hours time we will see whether United have the bounce factor as the [intlink id=”191″ type=”page”]fixtures throw up Burnley[/intlink] quickly next, with suspensions for Colback and Sissoko adding to the ongoing injury problems.
“We’d have liked to have played a little bit better than we did but the most important thing is to now to get the next result.
“When we finished fifth, when I have had really good teams in the past, we have bounced back quickly.”
However, the Newcastle manager still believes that it is a close call in the league with so many clubs within a few points of each other. The United boss indicating that he sees his players fighting for any space between fourth and twelfth.
“I think it is very tight from fourth right down to 12th even.
“I think there’s going to be a lot of chopping and changing right up until the end of the season. We hope we are at the right end.”
At this moment in time you have Manchester United in 4th on 22 points with Stoke in 12th on 15 points. Whether it is intentional or not, ironically it is Sunderland currently in 13th position with only one point less than Stoke in 12th.
While only seven points divide fourth and twelfth, there are only twelve points between fourth and twentieth, so arguably you have to say pretty much all places are there to be played for, if you simply look at the number of points so far.
Burnley have shown with seven points from three games that things can change quickly and if they make ten points in four matches against us then they could be lower mid-table.
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