Good things could be in store on Good Friday for NUFC fans

By Lee Ryder on Apr 5, 12 05:22 PM

Only Newcastle could get lumbered with a 700 mile round trip on a bank holiday to Swansea but there's every chance that Alan Pardew will be as good as his word when it comes to delivering another top notch performance.

They will travel to Wales with confidence - and so they should.

After all, Newcastle are in their best position at this stage of a season since the days of Bobby Robson in 2002/03 when they managed a top four finish.

And in the shape of Papiss Cisse they have a man in form with only Les Ferdinand being able to boast a better start to his career, edging ahead of the Senegal star with one more strike than Cisse's seven in seven opening gambit.

United fans will spend around 14 hours on buses coming from Tyneside and will have to leave at Stupid O'Clock in the morning on Good Friday.

But if Newcastle record their fourth win on the spin, they will feel that journey has been worth it.

That's because then we could really be talking business with two home games in a row against Bolton and Stoke to come.

Newcastle can do very little about the European situation unfolding around them with different permutations meaning that sixth may or not be enough depending on Everton making it to the FA Cup final next weekend.

There is also an outside chance of Chelsea - who now face Barcelona in the last four - winning the Champions League, another factor that could deny the Magpies a place in Europe.

In short, should Liverpool beat Everton next week and then Barca do their bit and dump Chelsea out of the Champions League, then sixth place will be enough to book that dream ticket.

But for now all the black and whites can do is keep going.

With Hatem Ben Arfa, Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse looking in fine form confidence is oozing.

Next stop the Liberty Stadium.


Lee Ryder

Lee Ryder - Proudly born and bred on Tyneside, the Chronicle's chief sports writer has followed the fortunes of the club over the last three decades as a Toon fan and football writer.

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