As the travelling supporters filed out of St.Mary’s after watching the Newcastle team lose their ninth away match in a row, not surprisingly there were some negative thoughts passing through the heads of even those fans who usually have the utmost blind faith.
Only seven days after the equally painful trip to Norwich, both in terms of result and being hard to get to, a long journey by train, coach and car lay ahead for the majority of those who had paid in time and money for the privilege of watching another feeble defeat.
The injustice added to, as fans contemplated that the team would be touching down in their private plane at Newcastle Airport way ahead of wondering whether to bother watching Match of The Day that Saturday night.
Happily for the fans, if not the players, it turns out that things didn’t run smoothly post-match for the players after all – maybe a bit of Karma coming into play.
The club’s media partner The Mirror has revealed that the private plane carrying the Newcastle team took off on schedule as planned – but around 20 minutes into the short trip they were forced to turn around and go back to Southampton.
The fault was diagnosed as a ‘navigation problem’, which was quite appropriate considering the Newcastle team didn’t have a clue where they were as Southampton scored their three goals without needing to get out of first gear.
The United players had plenty time to contemplate their failings as they were forced to wait for a replacement plane.
The team eventually arriving back at Newcastle Airport around 11pm, a few hours later than originally planned.