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Mbeumo and Jansson to the rescue for Newcastle United

1 month ago
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Newcastle United were staring at (relative) disaster with 84 minutes gone.

Watford very much second best BUT leading through a 24th minute Dennis goal, one of only two shots on target they had all match.

Victory for the Hornets would have left Newcastle United six points off safety.

However, justice was finally done.

On Friday night Jansson heading home for Brentford with six minutes to go, ensuring only a draw for Watford and Ranieri’s team moving four points and not six ahead of Newcastle United.

Then very very late drama, Ivan Toney out injured and so Bryan Mbeumo stepping up to take the 96th minute Brentford penalty and scoring!

So on Saturday morning the Premier League table looks like this…

Premier League Table 11 December 2021

As you can see, if they had held on for the win, Watford would have joined Southampton, Leeds and Palace on 16 points – six ahead of all the bottom three.

It just shows again what small margins are often at play.

If that late Burnley chance for Rodriguez last Saturday hadn’t been offside AND Watford had held on in the final minutes last night to the win, Newcastle United would now be bottom of the Premier League on eight points, a massive eight points off safety.

After starting off with some serious bad luck (albeit largely self-inflicted!), just maybe Eddie Howe is now going to get a fair run at a survival route. The goalkeeping mistakes that contributed to two of the Brentford goals and Norwich’s leveller, as well as Clark’s daft red card, now just maybe replaced by things falling Newcastle’s way.

The win over Burnley was well deserved but not taking chances leaves you vulnerable at 1-0 to that single opportunity for the opposition.

Now we look forward to the weekend’s Premier League action kicking off again at 12.30pm this Saturday afternoon, as we wait to see which way results and luck fall in these upcoming games affecting relegation and Newcastle United.

The Premier League producing this decent graphic to show when all matches are to be played this weekend and on which TV and radio channels you can follow them on (Brighton v Tottenham was due to be played on Sunday but postponed due to positive Covid cases at Spurs):

Premier League Match Schedule 11 December 2021

As you can see, games for Southampton, Leeds and Norwich today, as well as Burnley tomorrow, against teams in the top seven who are heavy favourites in all four games against the relegation threatened clubs.

As for Newcastle United, facing a struggling Leicester team who have conceded in their last 14 Premier League games and had a game in Naples on Thursday night, also set to be missing at least seven players due to positive Covid tests and / or illness, could Brendan Rodgers have just maybe a golden opportunity to make it four wins for NUFC in their last five PL visits to Leicester?

Certainly, reading what Leicester fans are saying, it is all doom and gloom and amazingly, wanting Brendan Rodgers out, despite him having led them to fifth in each of the last two seasons and winning their first ever FA Cup in May. Not difficult to imagine what the media would be saying about Newcastle fans behaving like that, if NUFC were currently mid-table and their manager had achieved the above in the past two seasons.

If Newcastle United get the first goal on Sunday, the Leicester fans will undoubtedly turn on manager and players.

Here’s hoping that Newcastle United come at the game with the right approach and application AND carry the luck.

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