When Newcastle aren’t playing but there are a number of other matches that impact on us, it is an enjoyable and detached… but at times gut-wrenching experience as you follow the scores, especially with the way the relegation fight has been measuring up.
At one time tonight it was looking sweet for quite a while, with Villa, Sunderland and Norwich losing, whilst Bournemouth and Swansea were drawing – these five being the clubs sharing the bottom six with Newcastle.
Then in the space of less than 10 minutes, both Swansea and Bournemouth took the lead and Newcastle were at that stage seven points off fifth bottom – suddenly a chasm between them and Sunderland, Newcastle & Norwich (Villa already goners…) opening up.
Meaning realistically it was looking Villa plus any two from Newcastle, Sunderland and Norwich – not great odds.
Bournemouth held on for their three points against Palace and Pardew who are dropping like a stone, but thankfully in the second minute of added on time, West Brom equalised against Swansea. That one goal/result giving he table a much more pleasant look.
These are the Tuesday results:
Arsenal 0 Southampton 0
Crystal Palace 1 Bournemouth 2
Leicester 2 Liverpool 0
Man Utd 3 Stoke 0
Norwich 0 Tottenham 3
Sunderland 0 Man City 1
West Brom 1 Swansea 1
West Ham 2 Aston Villa 0
(Wednesday night: Everton v Newcastle, Watford v Chelsea)
This is how the bottom half of the Premier League table looks at the moment after Tuesday night’s results and before Newcastle play on Wednesday (number of points before each club):
29 West Brom
It would be great to think that Newcastle could take matters into their own hands, go and beat Everton and then follow up with victory at home to West Brom.
Realistically though, four points would be great and then take it from there.
For a while now Newcastle have dodged some fragile weekends when only results elsewhere have prevented a gap opening up.
Newcastle really have to step it up and take initiative against Everton, relying on anybody else is doomed to failure and our players really need to start saving both us and themselves.