This was a result Newcastle fans were hoping just wouldn’t happen.
After being thrashed 6-0 at Old Trafford a few weeks back, the Red Devils strolled through this game, and ended up 5-1 winners even though they hardly got out of second gear most of the game.
Newcastle started the game off brightly enough, and at least for 15-20 minutes were holding their own against Manchester but then once the first goal went in from Rooney on 25 minutes when he was completely unmarked at the far post following a left wing cross from Ronaldo, things went downhill.
Newcastle tried to hold out until half time but after 45 minutes Ronaldo scored when he was put clean through by an exquisite through ball by Michael Carrick.
At half time it didn’t look like we could salvage the game but were hoping the boys would at least go down fighting but after 56 minutes Ronaldo got his second when he went through and easily put the ball past Harper, who had replace the injured Shay Given at the half.
Thankfully it looked like Manchester were happy at 3-0 and slowed the game down but then a strange thing happened. Newcastle actually scored a goal. Andy Carroll had come on for Joey Barton on 61 minutes and following a left winger corner he headed the ball down (actually if was off his shoulder) and Faye smashed the ball home.
But what we expected then happened as Manchester raised their game and scored within a minute as Wayne Rooney shot home. To make the scoreline even worse Louis Saha, who was on loan at Newcastle in 1999, shot home in injury time after he and Rooney combined together brilliantly. Saha had replaced Ronaldo after 61 minutes.
The bottom line in this game is that the Red Devils were streets and streets ahead of us, and the only consoling factor here is that we didn’t really expect any points from this game.
But now in our last 10 league games we’ve lost 7 and drawn 3. But even worse is that our goal difference is now a staggering -22. Only Reading on -23 and Derby on -43 have worse goal differences.
In the last 10 league games we’ve conceded 26 goals and scored just 5 goals in getting a measly 3 points. That’s worse than relegation form.
Our next game is next week against Blackburn at home, and if we cannot get anything out of that game a relegation fight will be on the horizon.Â Â Our performances over the last 2 months have just not been good enough.Â The worrying thing coming out of this is our players may not be good enough, and if we do survive the drop we’ll need a lot more than 4 top players to add to our squad.
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