This Premier League season for Newcastle United can be summed up by a mini-league of matches that have effectively sealed Newcastle United’s fate.
Newcastle’s form against the other three of the four worst teams in the division, is woeful.
In half a dozen games Newcastle have accumulated only six points from 18, whilst of course at the same time gifting them to their Premier League rivals.
To not be able to beat Aston Villa in a season when they have proved to be the second worst (behind Derby County 2007/08) team in Premier League history, is beyond belief. Especially scoring only one goal in over three hours of football against them, this a Villa team that has conceded 71 in their other 35 games.
Even the one game we won was a crazy freak that could have gone either way, Norwich dominating for much of the first hour, hitting the woodwork twice as well as scoring two goals.
This is our true level, our players aren’t better than the results show.
Of course there is still a very narrow chink of light that tells us if Sunderland get no more than a point against Watford and Everton AND Newcastle beat Tottenham, we will survive.
We will still live in hope but with no expectation.
Ironically, the only match in this mini-league where Newcastle were clearly the better team, was in the three goal defeat on Wearside.
An ultra cautious Sam Allardyce handed the initiative to the visitors who totally dominated the first half and if only we had any decent players up front them surely the game would have been over long before the ridiculous Coloccini sending off. Even with 10 men Newcastle looked the better team for much of the second half but the Mackems took their chances.
So if doing basic maths you took three points off Sunderland and added them onto the Newcastle total it would suggest United would then have stayed up.
However, a few more points then would have almost certainly meant Steve McClaren would never have been sacked, as Ashley would have thought he could just get away with it once again, which would have meant no nine points and five game unbeaten run under Rafa Benitez.
So basically, whichever way you look at it we were screwed.
Newcastle 6 Norwich 2 (18 Oct 2015)
Sunderland 3 Newcastle 0 (25 Oct 2015)
Newcastle 1 Aston Villa 1 (19 Dec 2015)
Newcastle 1 Sunderland 1 (20 March 2016)
Norwich 3 Newcastle 2 (2 April 2016)
Aston Villa 0 Newcastle 0 (7 May 2016)