Both Fulham and Wigan had home wins today, so Wigan go 3 points clear of Newcastle United with a better goal difference. Fulham gained 3 points on Newcastle with a tremendous 1-0 win over 5th placed Everton.
McBride – Fulham captain’s vital goal gave club great win over Everton
It was Fulham’s first win since beating Aston Villa at Craven Cottage at the beginning of February and only their 4th win of the season. In this game Roy Hodgson’s side fully deserved to take all three points with a performance of grit and determination that Everton just could not match. The ever dangerous American striker, Brian McBride scored the vital goal after 67 minutes.
And Newcastle play Fulham at St. James’ Park next Saturday, so the London side will be full of confidence and looking for an upset, If they can beat Newcastle they will be just two points behind the Tyneside club with a better goal difference. It’s turning out like this could be an absolute corker of a game – if our lads show up that is.
Emile Heskey scored his first goal for seven months to give Wigan a tremendous 1-0 win in the relegation battle with Bolton Wanderers. But referee Steve Tanner had a terrible poor game and did the best he could to ruin it, and quite honestly it all seemed just too much for him.
Wigan are now six points off the drop zone, and they thoroughly deserved their win, after having Jason Koumas dismissed after just 5 minutes of the game. The Welshman caught Cahill as the two of them challenged for a 50-50 ball, yet Jason’s right boot looked just inches off the ground.
But referee Tanner brandished his first red card of the season, and not surprisingly there were loud and long protests from the home crowd. What a completely ridiculous decision for a referee to make in such an important game, and after just 5 minutes. These referees who think the game is about themselves should be fired.
Can you just imagine how Steve Bruce must have felt like, after his side were reduced to 10 man after just 5 minutes? But Wigan never feel sorry for themselves these days, Geordie Steve Bruce makes sure of that. Wigan went onto win despite seemingly having been dealt a death blow by the referee.
All credit to Wigan this afternoon, to be fair, but Bolton should be furious at themselves for letting such a great chance for points elude them. It doesn’t auger well for Bolton’s chances with relegation.
Bolton are now 3 points behind Newcastle but have a better goal average.
It’s disturbing to us to see Sunderland, Reading and Derby play like their lives depended on it yesterday, and again today Fulham and Wigan getting wins against all the odds. In relegation fights like this it’s often the strong hearted and gutsy teams that make it through. With some of the players we have in our squad right now, we wish that wasn’t so. 🙁
Our lot better be watching these games, because if they don’t show the same fire and brimstone of these other teams in threat of relegation – our goose could be cooked – let’s make no mistake about that. Who would ever have thought that a Newcastle team lacked the guts to fight against relegation. Jimmy Scoular, Joe Harvey, Jackie Milburn, Charlie Crowe, Frank Brennan, Bobby Mitchell and others who played for us during the tremendous 1950s decade, must be turning in their graves. And it’s helping us to get there quickly too, the grave that is.Â Â 🙁
Newcastle have a chance with 3 points tomorrow at Birmingham to go 6 points up from the drop zone, but they will gain just one place by going above Reading to 14th position.
Here’s the standings after today’s games.
Pos Team Games Won Draw Lost GF GA GD Points 12 Wigan 30 8 7 15 27 42 -15 31 13 Middlesb. 30 7 10 13 27 44 -17 31 14 Reading 30 8 4 18 35 57 -22 28 15 Newcastle 29 7 7 15 30 56 -26 28 16 Sunderland 30 7 6 17 26 48 -22 27 17 Birmingham 29 6 8 15 33 45 -12 26 18 Bolton 29 6 7 16 28 43 -15 25 19 Fulham 30 4 11 15 27 49 -22 23 20 Derby 30 1 7 22 14 64 -50 10