I didn’t read whatever your writer John Martin had to say following your home draw with Chelsea, but did he refer to them as ‘relegation threatened’ or ‘fellow relegation battlers’ or ‘weaker opposition’?
All three terms used in reference to Stoke City, who incidentally have finished 9th two seasons running under Hughes with record (for us) points totals (each better than anything Pulis achieved); and with the strongest squad we’ve ever had.
Highlights of John Martin’s article earlier today ‘Newcastle fans in denial…’:
‘Since when was a 0-0 home result against a limited team such as Stoke, anything but a shocking result.
Surely it isn’t a shock that Newcastle are getting more of the play and/or chances against relegation battling sides such as Norwich, Sunderland and Stoke?
Over three hours of football where we dominated the possession and the chances against red and striped weak teams and we couldn’t score a single goal.
I have a horrible feeling we will be looking back at games such as Sunderland and Stoke and seeing that as five much needed points that were squandered against fellow relegation battlers, not promising signs of better to come.’
Of course any home game against the non-elite clubs are ones you/we hope/expect to win; but to equate the red and white stripes of the Mighty Rip Roarin’ Potters with the Mackems is just downright silly; based on the last three seasons’ relative performances.
It also fails to take cognisance of the fact that Stoke City have enjoyed most recently, relatively comfortable away wins at Villa and Swansea without conceding a goal, where Jack Butland was not required to make any noteworthy saves.
It is obvious to those of us outside of the febrile North Eastern cauldron that NUFC are clearly improving, have a decent manager and are appreciably stronger than a clutch of clubs who are in far more danger.
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