In the pub before the Liverpool match, when Spurs scored that equaliser the roar it was greeted with told you how worried Newcastle fans were, and that was before the chaotic performance against Liverpool.
The Mag Top Tips
I still have a fancy that they will make a good go at getting out of trouble and I just don’t see it as a two club fight for relegation alongside QPR and Reading. I can see one of the other four teams having to fight it out with Wigan and Villa, I just really hope it isn’t us.
I don’t have great hopes for many points from Newcastle, especially with a shocker of an away record of only one win and five draws, whilst the home matches against Liverpool and Arsenal are going to be tough.
The best thing about it as well is that if you like having a bet on the football, the betting odds don’t seem to have taken into account a lot of factors, which means those of us wanting to back Newcastle can fill our boots!
A top ten finish isn’t something that would equal getting the open-top bus out but what it would give is a real belief in Newcastle really being able to compete next season, three points today can be the start.
Newcastle have a great opportunity to both go through and knock out one of the fancied teams, if we do then you can be sure the odds on Newcastle would really crumble.
If United can overcome Metalist then that would take them into the last 16 and only three rounds away from the final in Amsterdam.
No room for complacency and staying up is what it is still all about but Newcastle can now aim for top ten, especially if we are to be treated to more of what we saw on Saturday.
Before Villa you could have got 8/1 on United finishing top half and we predicted that a win would see those odds disappear.
Only a mad person would be now aiming at the top six for Newcastle United but with this belated influx of very good players such as Debuchy, Mapou and Sissoko, is a respectable top half position now totally out of the question?