We need to get something very clear after this game was over – Newcastle are in dire danger of being relegated – make absolutely no mistake about that.
Don’t tell us we are too good to go down. Any team that has gained just 3 points from their last 12 league games should be fighting relegation – and that’s our terrible record since we won at Fulham on December 15th.
And that was a very lucky win with a penalty after 92 minutes that Joey Barton converted.
After Newcastle had held Liverpool for 43 minutes and looked like going into the break all square we conceded an unlucky goal that only happens to teams fighting relegation.
The ball was on the right by the goal line and Enrique turned to boot the ball away, but it hit Pennant and the ball then looped over Harper into the goal. Pennant will be credited with the goal but he knew nothing about it.
Martins did look lively when he was brought on in the second half, and he hit the cross-bar with a fantastic shot from 30 yards after 69 minutes. That’s probably more of a goal threat than Alan Smith – who is keeping him out of the starting team – has been all season.
That’s a point that Keegan needs to look at – as he seems to be playing players with the biggest reputations – not necessarily because they are the best players for the job. But there will certainly be another inquisition about what has been an utterly disastrous season for Newcastle United.
If Newcastle players were short of confidence before this game, they will have even less after this performance.
Not to mention what the loyal Newcastle fans have had to go through. It’s little short of a disgrace what the team has been serving up since December.
Bit today, once we were 2-0 down and Liverpool put a 3rd goal past us after 51 minutes through captain Gerrard – Liverpool were content (thank goodness) to see out the game because on Tuesday Liverpool play Inter Milan in Italy.
They took Gerrard and Torres off before 70 minutes was up, as their job was done and both had scored.
The game died a death during the last 20 minutes but Steve Harper still managed to produce a couple of excellent saves to keep the score down after 82 minutes.
The game died only because Liverpool had given up trying to score and were playing out time and seemed satisfied with a 3-0 win.
Where we go from here we have no idea. We play Birmingham a week on Monday at St. Andrews – if we can win that game 4-0 against fellow relegation candidates Birmingham City – maybe we’ll have a chance of staying up.
But something is terribly wrong at Newcastle United this season and our star players are under-achieving now more than ever – and that’s saying something. Maybe we should dock their wages – they’ve hardly earned their massive wages this season.
In our last 12 league games we’ve lost 9 and drawn 3. We’ve scored 6 goals and conceded 30 – that’s how bad things are.
When other people don’t do their jobs – they get the sack.
Whoops, but I keep forgetting – that’s in the real world.
We look for a statement from Newcastle Chairman Chris Mort about what is happening to this once great club.
This is just too much to bear.