Newcastle fans will wake up tomorrow and it won’t prove to be a bad dream, this dreadful run of performances and results has at last sent NUFC into the Premier League relegation zone.
The early points had seen Newcastle in sixth place when beating Crystal Palace eight weeks ago.
However, defeat to Arsenal this afternoon makes it one point from the last twenty seven.
Added to that, whilst our competitors had continued to struggle and make things not seem quite so bad, now they are starting to pick up points and things are looking really bad!
As well as the one goal defeat at The Emirates, these were the other results on Saturday afternoon:
Leicester 0 Crystal Palace 3
Brighton 0 Burnley 0
Chelsea 1 Southampton
Watford 1 Huddersfield 4
This left Newcastle fans waiting for the Stoke v West Ham result after it kicked off late due to a power failure. A win for the Hammers would ensure Newcastle travel to play them next week in a bottom three spot.
Final score – Stoke 0 West Ham 3!
This is how the Premier League table now looks:
Manchester City v Spurs was a 5.30pm kick-off but hardly concerns us, though for the record Man City are winning 1-0 at the break.
Obviously none of the results were great, though if you want to look for any crumb of comfort, at least Brighton didn’t win as well, and I suppose at a bigger push Southampton got nothing at Chelsea – though I can’t see the Saints getting dragged into the relegation struggle.
The two results that probably stand out for me are Palace winning at Leicester and Huddersfield doing the same at Watford. Newcastle having played both Watford and Leicester at home in recent weeks and been totally outplayed.
Hate to say it but things could get even worse. West Brom are home to Man Utd on Saturday, whilst Bournemouth host Liverpool, then on Monday night it is Everton v Swansea.
The way this weekend has gone so far, the fates could still yet conspire to send Newcastle bottom of the Premier League if West Brom get at least a point and Swansea win by three or more.
To top it all, Sunderland have only just gone and won their first home game in 364 days.
Things can only get better, hopefully.
Stats from BBC Sport:
Arsenal 1 Newcastle 0
Arsenal: Ozil 23
Possession was Arsenal 71% Newcastle 29%
Total shots were Arsenal 23 Newcastle 10
Shots on target were Arsenal 5 Newcastle 2
Corners were Arsenal 7 Newcastle 5
Referee: Stuart Attwell
Elliot, Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Manquillo, Murphy (Gayle 67), Hayden, Merino (Diame 82), Atsu (Ritchie 54), Perez, Joselu
Darlow, Clark, Dummett, Aarons
Crowd: 59,379 (Newcastle 3,000)
(Method in the madness of Rafa’s team selection – Read HERE)
(To read the instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to today’s match, go HERE)