Taken in isolation this wasn’t a bad performance but when it comes on the back of 0-3 and 0-6 scorelines, three defeats in a row and 0-10 in terms of goals is what most people will remember.
Articles by Joe Dixon
As we already knew, Steve Harper starts his last match today for Newcastle United, playing his 199th match after twenty years at the club. A bigger question mark though hangs over Fabricio Coloccini who has been named as Newcastle’s captain today.
Surely the script is written, Steve Harper caps twenty years at St.James’ Park with a man of the match performance as Newcastle deny Arsenal Champions League football and a freak set of results sees United finish an unlikely top half tenth.
Also as per usual, Yoan Gouffran was pulled off before the end, all very bizarre. At least the manager left him on long enough to score the winner! The fact that he made way for Obertan is just so wrong on many levels.
The winner came on 35 minutes as Bosingwa was involved again, his back pass wasn’t the best but Green should have still done better. Instead Jonas did really well to keep on going and charge the ball down, Gouffran calmly volleying into the empty net from the edge of the box.
A vital match today at Loftus Road and Alan Pardew had some big calls to make.
A win today and Newcastle are definitely safe, while form side Arsenal await in our other remaining match.
Ironically, we play the team second bottom of the recent form league today, QPR picking up only 2 point out of the last 18, while our other remaining match is against the club at the top of the form league, Arsenal picking up 14 out of the last 18 points. It wouldn’t take a genius to work out where we have most chance of picking up points if we are going to need them.
Ranger has been pictured in the press this week wearing a bright orange work jacket and scraping paint off handrails at a sports centre. I did feel a little sorry for him seeing what a waste he’s made of his golden opportunities but then he has to remind you of exactly why you should NEVER have sympathy for him.
A point’s a point you cannot grumble…Well maybe you can but it won’t do you much good. In the context of Newcastle’s season and especially their away form, a point at west Ham must be seen as a positive, even if other results meant United ending up in a weaker position overall.
If Pardew did leave, I have heard fans putting forward some weird and wonderful names, basically a wish list with no basis in the reality of how Mike Ashley works. I think we’d have far more chance of getting another JFK rather than a Mourinho or any other daft name fans want to pluck out of the air.