It is a cruel irony that as Newcastle United look to be plummeting head first into the Championship, the club’s most dedicated fans are sent on trips to Norwich and Southampton on consecutive weekends.

Along with Swansea away, the three longest journeys of the season, with so much time to contemplate where it has all gone wrong and then on the return leg of the trip..

The current run of eight away defeats on the bounce is Newcastle’s worst in the Premier League…so far.

The statistics overall are just shocking: 16 away league trips have produced 2 wins, 1 draw and 13 defeats – 9 goals scored and 36 conceded.

Last season was no different: 3 wins. 4 draws and 12 defeats – 14 scored and 36 conceded.

Newcastle United are nothing but consistent…

The Newcastle players will no doubt be flown down by private plane later this afternoon, stay in a very nice hotel, play the game tomorrow and then a return journey by plane – unless they are taking a ‘well-earned’ break and flying off elsewhere to see family, friends or just to get away from it all.

In contrast, Newcastle fans will be leaving Tyneside in the early hours tomorrow when the players are still in their cosy hotel beds and then after ‘enjoying’ the match, will make the return journey and very likely by the time they step back into their homes, the United players will already be tucked up in their own beds after a quick flight home.

These contrasts aren’t new but they are getting ever more extreme, when the player wages are heading higher and higher and the results get ever worse.

When numerous players look as though they aren’t playing with heart and maximum effort, the situation becomes ever harder to accept.

Mike Ashley’s poisonous running of the club has been bad enough but when no care is taken on the type of characters that are brought into the club as well, it leaves fans with so little to cling to.

Expecting Newcastle players to look like heroes may be a ‘bit’ of a stretch at the moment but I’d like to think that at least sometime soon we can at least have some players who we can all respect.