Newcastle United head into the game at Stoke in 19th position in the table but it could have been a whole lot worse.

When Tuesday night’s matches kicked off, Newcastle were in 18th position place in the table and at various times were then 19th, 18th, 17th…and eventually 19th again.

Sunderland took the lead through N’Doye on 36 minutes and looked comfortable, only for then a hilarious looking turnaround s former Mackem Connor Wickham to score twice in six minutes to give Palace a 2-1 lead with 23 minutes to play.

Only for then tactical mastermind Alan Pardew to take Yohan Cabaye and hat-trick seeking Wickham off, the mackems then equalising in injury time through Borini. It is now 11 PL matches without a win for Pardew and Palace…

Norwich went behind to Chelsea in the first 60 seconds and then when Costa put them two up just before haf-time, it actually raised Newcastle above the Canaries on goal difference.

However, Redmond got a goal in the second half and that was enough to push Newcastle back down under Norwich.

Elsewhere, an excellent display by Bournemouth to beat Southampton 2-0 has surely put them out of Newcastle’s reach and on the way to safety, Eddie Howe’s team now eight points clear of United.

Aston Villa scored the final goal of the night at Villa Park but Everton’s three strikes earlier on have simply put the last nail in Remi Garde and his team’s coffin.

Tuesday night’s results:

Aston Villa 1 Everton 3

Bournemouth 2 Southampton 0

Leicester 2 West Brom 2

Norwich 1 Chelsea 2

Sunderland 2 Crystal Palace 2

How the table now looks at the bottom:

33 Crystal Palace

32 Bournemouth

27 Swansea

24 Sunderland

24 Norwich

24 Newcastle

16 Aston Villa

Needless to say IF Newcastle could beat Stoke and take advantage of the failings of others then it would instantly transform the situation, Swansea are at Arsenal tomorrow night and the last thing we need is a freak result for the Welsh club because as it stands, it appears to be any two from Swansea, Sunderland, Norwich and Newcastle.