Newcastle returned to winning ways after picking up all three points against Nottingham Forest 3-2 at the City Ground on Saturday (10 February).
The Magpies conceded a 4-4 draw against Luton Town before this game. Eddie Howe was looking for a strong response, but probably he didn’t expect that it would end up as a goal-fest thriller.
Bruno Guimaraes scored twice while Fabian Schar added another as Newcastle picked up all three points away from home.
With this win, the Magpies have moved to seventh in the Premier League table. Kieran Trippier, who was heavily linked with a move to Bayern Munich during the January window, says that a top-four finish could still be possible, but “it’s going to be tough” this season.
Newcastle are 11 points behind fourth-placed Tottenham, and they have a lot of catching to do. However, Trippier says “never say never”.
“Never say never but it’s going to be tough. It’s been mixed emotions for us this season. It’s about finishing the season strong. We have one game a week now and we’re getting players back fit, which is very important for us,” said Trippier, as quoted by BBC Sport.
Can Newcastle finish in the top four?
At this moment, it looks not only difficult but almost next to impossible. Both Tottenham and Aston Villa are playing really good football, and they are unlikely to slip up massively from here on.
Likewise, Manchester City, Liverpool and Arsenal are expected to battle for the Premier League title, and neither of the three and looking like they would drop out of the top four.
Newcastle have struggled badly with injuries and suspensions this season, and it has hurt them badly. However, with some of the key players now coming back from injuries, the Magpies can expect to end the season on a strong note.
Newcastle will face Bournemouth in their next Premier League game on Saturday (17 February) at St James’ Park.
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