Newcastle set to be mathematically safe from relegation on Thursday night
In reality, beating Huddersfield on the final day of March probably ensured Newcastle United were staying up, with 35 points reached and those at the bottom not able to buy a win.
A 2-1 victory at Leicester a week later, putting United on 38 points, meant even the most pessimistic Newcastle fan now believed safety had been reached with six games to spare.
As for Rafa Benitez, beating Arsenal and moving on to 41 points was the clincher for him.
Monday night then saw a relegation six pointer with West Ham taking on Stoke, the 19th placed Potters surely needing a win to stand any chance of survival.
A desperate game then saw a dramatic finale, as substitute Peter Crouch scored a crucial goal with 11 minutes remaining, following a shocking mistake by Joe Hart.
However, the final seconds saw another sub, Andy Carroll, pounce with a superb goal, on his return from a latest three month injury break.
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That result leaves Stoke on 28 points, 13 behind Newcastle United, so with four games now remaining they can’t catch Rafa’s team, as is the case with West Brom.
Which takes us to Thursday night, Leicester host Southampton and if the Foxes win, the Saints would also be left 13 points behind Newcastle with only four games and 12 points for them left to play for.
A Leicester victory making it mathematically certain that Newcastle United are a Premier League team next season.
Ironically, with Newcastle’s superb run of four wins in a row, five wins and a draw in the last seven, we are now looking up rather than down.
So in reality we will surely be hoping that Southampton actually win on Thursday, as that would leave Newcastle only two points behind 8th placed Leicester and with a game in hand.
Whilst other fans moan that there is nothing left to play for, Newcastle supporters are desperate for their team to finish as high as possible, the battle for eighth is where it is at!
With the remaining games including matches against Spurs and Chelsea, as well as Fat Sam’s Everton next Monday night, no chance of this season now fading quietly away.
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