Things seem a little lighter this morning g with the 3 teams beneath Newcastle United all losing yesterday. Last year Middle rough drew twice with Arsenal in the league â€“ not a bad set of performances against Arsenal, to be sure.
Kevin Keegan – need a win tomorrow night at Birmingham
Derby, Sunderland and Reading all fought with pride yesterday, but to no avail, as each of the teams were beaten by a single goal.
Middlesbrough faired a little better with a 1-1 draw.
But when you consider their opposition was all in the top four, Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal respectively, these were all good performances from the bottom teams.
Middlesbrough, as we pointed out yesterday were just 5 minutes away from a league double over Arsena,l but Toure scored with a late header to get Arsenal a point. But the Londoners are losing points on Manchester United and Chelsea are starting to catch them too. The Gunners are trying to walk the ball in the net, and really should have won the game, but the North East side played tremendously well.
It could be that Gareth Southgate is going be become a very good manager, given he can get his players playing like this. Gareth certainly speaks a whole load of sense in his interviews.
Two games of interest today are Fulham against Everton at Craven Cottage, (1:30PM KO) and Wigan take on Bolton at the JJB stadium. (3:00PM KO).
Good results for Newcastle would be an Everton win, and maybe a Wigan win, although a draw in that game would probably be better for the Magpies.
But that’s what our opposition has don, and it’s up to us tomorrow night at Birmingham to start saving ourselves. Anything but a defeat would be acceptable, but a good win is really what the club needs. We hope our boys can deliver on that, to lift the gloom and doom a bit on the Tyne.
Weâ€™ll just have to wait to see what happens on that one. Here are the latest league positions â€“ at the bottom – after all of yesterday games.
Pos Team Games Won Draw Lost GF GA GD Points 12 Middlesb. 30 7 10 13 27 44 -17 31 13 Wigan 29 7 7 15 26 42 -16 28 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 28 6 7 15 28 42 -14 25 19 Fulham 29 3 11 15 26 49 -23 20 20 Derby 30 1 7 22 14 64 -50 10
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