How many times have we said it in the past?
It’s going to be an interesting weekend in the lives of Newcastle fans.
Amid all the talk of boycotting the Spurs game on Sunday, we have to look at something a month or so down the line. What I’m talking about is of course, Premier League status.
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Up until a couple of weeks ago, I’d never actually looked at the remaining fixtures with too much of a worry. Why would I? Why would ANY Newcastle fan? Surely a couple of points could be mustered from the last 8-10 games of the season? Under normal circumstances you’d expect so.
Apparently not. Since the nervy 1-0 win over Aston Villa in late February, we have amassed no points and scored 1 goal (shipping 9). Now that’s a worry, but not the biggest worry. Look at the 10 games BEFORE Villa. 20 goals conceded (13 scored) 9 points harvested with wins against Hull and Everton, the latter being Pardew’s last match in charge. Thanks for them Alan, we may just need them.
Looking ahead at the final run of six games, we have Spurs on Sunday, which will carry the sort of atmosphere normally found in a cat and dog shelter, minus the cute animals to look at. Or to put it in context with our recent history, the same sort of scenario as the infamous Hull City game of 2008 when Kevin Keegan upped sticks. The game is probably already written off in everyone’s minds.
Then we have Swansea and West Brom at home, normally games that you would put points on the board, at least in your mind’s eye.
Be it three or be it six, points are usually banked in games like these. Not any more. It’s entirely feasible that we could take nothing from both games, although I expect at least a point. Either side of West Brom we have two (mow hard looking) away games in Leicester and QPR, both fighting for survival while we fight for, nothing really. A quick look at the Premier league form guide tells you that….
It’s these 2-4 games that will decide if we stay up or not. Leicester, QPR and Burnley all have to play each other in the run in and I for one will be hoping they take points off each other and that one of them doesn’t hit form and win the lot, because if one does, it’ll be time to stock up on the Andrex on Tyneside.
Gain nothing from Swansea and West Brom and we could easily be staring down the barrel when we take to the field against West Ham on the final day at St James’ Park.
And wouldn’t it be a strange turn of events if we were to be put out of our misery and Mike Ashley be totally humiliated in the worst way possible…by Sam Allardyce.