Kevin Keegan has truthfully admitted to the BBC that Newcastle’s poor form could see the club dragged into the relegation dogfight, which is the last thing we wanted this season.
Kevin Keegan – relegation fight looming?
Yesterdayâ€™s game against Aston Villa started out well and Newcastle were deservedly 1-0 ahead at half time after a good goal form Michael Owen after 5 minutes.
But they literally collapsed in the second letting in another 4 goals and dropping our goal difference in the league to a worst ever -18.
Kevin Keegan said after the game:
“I believe we have enough to be a Premier League club next season but I’m under no illusions that we need to get to the 40-point mark.â€“I have a big challenge. It’s not a case of me coming in and waving a magic wand but it’s down to me to solve it.”
“We built a very good base on which to go and win the match – we handled everything Villa threw at us,” “I told the players to pick up where they left off [after half-time] but before you knew it we were getting bullied, especially by [striker] John Carew.”
“These players have taken a lot of knocks. We need spirit and togetherness.”
Here are our remaining league games through the end of the season
Day Date Time Venue Team Points? Sat 23Feb 17:15 H Man Utd 0 Sat 1Mar 15:00 H Blackburn 1 Sat 8Mar 15:00 A Liverpool 0 Mon 17Mar 20:00 A Birmingham 1 Sat 22Mar 15:00 H Fulham 3 Sun 30Mar 15:00 A Tottenham 0 Sat 5Apr 15:00 H Reading 3 Sat 12Apr 15:00 A Portsmouth 0 Sat 19Apr 15:00 H Sunderland 3 Sat 26Apr 15:00 A West Ham 1 Sat 3May 15:00 H Chelsea 1 Sun 11May 15:00 A Everton 0
We currently have 28 points from our first 26 games. On December 15th last year we had 25 points from 17 games, after we had just beaten Fulham 1-0 with a last minute penalty from Joey Barton. How the mighty have fallen. 🙁
From our reckoning above we should be able to pick up at least 13 points from our 12 remaining games, and finish on 41 points and be safe.
But the home games are all going to be crucial with wins will be expected against relegation teams Fulham, Reading and Sunderland. And possibly another win against Blackburn at St. James’ Park.
That’s when the Newcastle fans have to be the 12th man and help the lads through. So it doesn’t look too bad when you analyze the remaining games, but we also have to pick up our form, which has been abysmal.
What do you think?