So the rot has stopped….really?
A West Brom team came to St James Park last weekend fresh from a win at Manchester United knowing they could not go down and clearly arrived with their metaphorical flip flops freshly unpacked.
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Make no mistake, this was a very disinterested WBA team who still managed to score once and hit the woodwork twice! Ayoze Perez sharp finish did in many ways save our bacon but we never really looked like adding to it.
So where does this leave us? Weeks ago it was said we would not need another point, that we already had enough in the bag, and maybe just maybe we don’t need another point. Hull City managed to shoot themselves well and truly in the foot in true Newcastle style on Saturday and if form runs true they won’t get any more points…
Does anyone really believe that? I have no doubt that Spurs are the latest team to take early holiday and I fully expect Hull to go to White a Hart Lane on Saturday and get a result!
Can we get anything at QPR on Saturday, this is Newcastle United, anything could happen, we could be safe on Saturday or in the bottom 3 with one game to go.
It’s nerve wracking and not dissimilar to events 23 years ago when step forward a hero ( David Kelly) as an emotional and passionate St James Park witnessed one of the most important goals in the history of NUFC, the events of a week later are also folklore but in the end did not matter.
Sunderland v Leicester is a fixture of interest this weekend as both can’t win. However, the way Leicester are playing; attractive high tempo direct football would make them favourites to me, though this is countered by the extraordinary luck our friends from down the road are enjoying, could go either way.
Anyone who watched their game v Everton can’t fail to have noticed their rub of the green; lucky deflected goals and then a handball after Steven Fletcher had rugby tackled a defender under the referee’s nose – incredible! Not to mention 2 penalties the week before – even more incredible.
Their last 2 fixtures away against Arsenal and Chelsea suggest no points, but again this is the premier league and strange things happen. Swansea winning at the Emirates last night may well be good for us as it means Arsenal will still have something to play for. Those 2 fixtures could see Sunderland’s superior goal difference wiped out if things go well for us, fingers crossed.
Simple fact is it is in our own flakey hands and the team needs to go out on the attack and win this Saturday, and again the following week if necessary, no excuses no place to hide.
When I bumped into John Carver at Leicester last week, he did say he had in his head done every relegation permutation. I have to be honest, I have done so too and I do actually believe we will survive but it will be mighty close and should not ever happen again, err shades of 2009 maybe?
The return of Darryl Janmaat will ensure we are slightly stronger this weekend, but QPR – won’t be as bad this weekend as they were last Sunday.
Following the defeat at Leicester it was a sense of both relief and disappointment that Newcastle did not have a new manager in place immediately, disappointment because I have already said JC should have stepped aside, but relief because the ‘wally with the brolly’ apparently turned us down and reaffirmed his loyalty to Derby County.
If Mike Ashley wants to keep bums on seats he needs to aim higher than the likes of Steve McLaren. David Moyes was the bookies favourite when I last checked but that changes weekly, but knowing Mike Ashley I said a few weeks ago, Jurgen Klopp or Klippety Klopp – who is more likely?
So it’s another massive weekend coming up and I am going to have my flip flops on as having a short break away, what coverage I can get is debatable so no doubt it will be text, unlike a few years ago when I ran up a huge phone bill as Mick Lowes and John Anderson’s commentary was relayed to me via mobile phone in the Dominican Republic, ouch!
The team need to be together again this weekend, there was a noticeable change on the pitch against WBA, but it was still in my eyes average at best. Off the pitch the fans were excellent and stayed with the team even at a goal down and the mood in town post match was better than of late.
I hope the fans can stay with the team until we cross the finishing line, we need not to be in the championship next season despite what some fans think, I believe it would be terminal!
That’s not to say the Ashleyout.com group should remain silent, the pressure on Mike Ashley to get out does need to continue until he does eventually get out of town, and I look forward to the excellent work of the group continuing.
So, QPR, good luck to whoever is going, you are the true stars of the show, fingers crossed everyone.