Newcastle Relegation Watch – Fulham and Wigan Win


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.

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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.   🙁

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

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19 comments so far

  • Egar

    Mar 16, 2008 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #1

    Whoever KK picks, it’s time to stand up and be counted. No more excuses. They got to play as a team as though their lives depend on it. Survival is still in their hands. Do it right & prove the critics wrong.

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  • dragoner

    Mar 16, 2008 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #2

    “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. ” love that, lol! 😀

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  • Bob

    Mar 16, 2008 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #3

    At least Bolton have been kept in the third relegation spot – for now.

    Must win against Brum, absolutely must.

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  • Leo

    Mar 16, 2008 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #4

    it wasnt a tremendous win for us, thats for sure.

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  • dragoner

    Mar 16, 2008 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #5

    Birmingham is not a must win, it is a must NOT lose. If we draw it will be a good result

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  • GP

    Mar 16, 2008 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #6

    Birmingham for me is not a must win game – but Fulham and Reading at home definitely are. Sunderland too but that was always must win.

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  • CJ

    Mar 16, 2008 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #7

    I think what ever team KK picks tommorrow we will get beat cos you will see a Birmingham side who will want it more than our players. Take boro for example who the same as us are in a relegation battle and go to the Emirates and nearly win the game getting a point and also Reading had not won an away game or even a home game for ages and go and get 2 away wins on the bounce could any Toon fans really see our team of clowns go and get results like that it is all about how much the player’s want it and i am not so sure are player’s want it that much. Put every team in the relegation battle’s wage bill together and it would prob still not match ours that is how sad it is and how over paid our so called star’s are.

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  • Hammy

    Mar 16, 2008 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #8

    Sad but true….

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  • Bob

    Mar 16, 2008 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #9

    In my opinion, Birmingham IS a must win….. the longer the winless streak goes on, the worse it gets.

    Confidence and fight has been totally eroded from this side. Every time we concede a goal, we concede at least another.

    Also, Sunderland and Reading are starting to play well. Fulham won today. These games are NOT already in the bag and we can’t count on them for maximum points.

    A win tomorrow, please.

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  • thelongshanks

    Mar 16, 2008 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #10

    Team should be ashamed of themselves.Birmingham will; def be up for it butt wont!

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  • GP

    Mar 16, 2008 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #11

    I wasn’t saying they were definite wins. With our current form nobody could say that. But a draw at Birmingham wouldn’t be too bad. However Fulham and Reading must be won, simple as that. I wish I had any faith in our sh*te players though.

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  • CJ

    Mar 16, 2008 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #12

    100% agree with every word there Bob people are talking as though we will beat the teams below us no bother but what gives people that confidence who have wathced us this season we have already drew with Bolton Derby boro and just managed to scrape past Birmingham and Wigan all at home and all near the bottom in a relegation battle so i say take nothing for granted.

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  • CJ

    Mar 16, 2008 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #13

    See that fat bastard next to this i hope he chokes on his Mcdonalds.

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  • JEFF

    Mar 16, 2008 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #14

    SEEN TOO MUCH OF BRUM AT ST.ANDREWS TO KNOW THAT WE WILL DO FANTASTIC TO SCRAPE A DRAW.

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  • CJ

    Mar 16, 2008 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #15

    We are in the top 4 of the lge but sadly that is the wage bill table.

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  • ANDY TOON

    Mar 16, 2008 at 8:04 PM

    Comment #16

    i believe most of these players know they are going in the summer so they must think “why should we care what happens”.unfortunetly i think we are in the lap of the gods!

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  • Big AL

    Mar 16, 2008 at 8:33 PM

    Comment #17

    Someone should explain to our overpaid premadonnas that knowone else will pay there inflated wages, so if they want to play premier league football and pick up fat pay cheaques they had better fight like there life depended on it, because there livelehood does.

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  • toonhitman

    Mar 16, 2008 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #18

    from what i saw in the fullham everton game its not going to be easy for us to get a result, and for saying the brum game isnt a must win what to right it is every game is

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  • faustino

    Mar 17, 2008 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #19

    I beleive that any team on 31 points as of 30 games will be safe.

    Another more negative aspect is that a win is a must becasue this teams morale won’t handle a defeat to Birmingham. We need to be flying into the game at SJP on Saturday to guarantee a result against Fulham.

    Any f#*k up tonight will mean nerves for Saturday and any f#*k up then will mean a bloody fight for survivial and heading towards the dreaded ‘relying on other results’.

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