Newcastle Relegation Watch – Bolton Lose

Bolton were beaten by 10 man Arsenal after being 2 goals ahead at the Reebok, and both Sunderland and Birmingham had great wins today in the relegation fight.


Roy Keane – looks likely to keep Sunderland in Premier League

Here are the results of the relegation games today:

Birmingham 3 Man City 1

Bolton 2 Arsenal 3

Reading 0 Blackburn 0

Derby 2 Fulham 2

Portsmouth 2 Wigan 0

Sunderland 2 West Ham 1

Bolton have only themselves to blame for not taking an unlikely 3 points against Arsenal. They were 2-0 up at half time and Arsenal were down to 10 men, with Abou Diaby having been sent off for a dangerous tackle after just 31 minutes.

But they couldn’t do it and Arsenal came back and snatched the winner after 90 minutes through an own goal from Jlloyd Samuel. Relegation teams have to take these unlikely chances when they are offered, and Bolton in truth failed miserably today.

From an Arsenal viewpoint it was a tremendous performance from the London side, and it’s hard to question the character of this side, under Arsene Wenger.

Sunderland got a tremendous win against West Ham when Andy Reid scored the winner in injury time, and now go a point ahead of Newcastle with a better goal difference. Sunderland had to come back from a goal behind in the first half, but Kenwyne Jones had the Wearsiders level at half time.

Birmingham had a great 3-1 win against Manchester City and will have revived their chances of safety.

Reading got a good no score draw against Blackburn at home and Portsmouth seemed to have a comfortable 2-0 win over Wigan with two goals coming from new boy Jermain Defoe.

Here’s the table after today’s results, and with just 6 games to go.

Pos Team         Games Won Draw Lost GF  GA  GD Points
12  Middlesbrough 31 	8   10 	 13  28  44 -16   34
13  Sunderland 	  32 	9    6 	 17  29  49 -20   33
14  Reading 	  32 	9    5 	 18  37  58 -21   32
15  Newcastle 	  31 	8    8 	 15  33  57 -24   32
16  Wigan 	  32 	8    7 	 17  28  47 -19   31
17  Birmingham 	  32 	7    9 	 16  38  49 -11   30
18  Bolton 	  32 	6    8 	 18  30  48 -18   26
19  Fulham 	  32 	4   12 	 16  29  53 -24   24
20  Derby 	  32 	1    8 	 23  16  67 -51   11 

We are still 6 points off the drop zone, and with just 6 games to go, 3 points tomorrow will take us a big step towards safety at White Hart Lane.

Come on lads – go for it – give our fans something to really celebrate tomorrow!

Comments welcome.

17 comments so far

  • Bobby Ollox

    Mar 29, 2008 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #1

    Eek !!

  • Steve_48

    Mar 29, 2008 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #2

    Need an away win tomorrow lads … will be here for the banter

  • wsq

    Mar 29, 2008 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #3

    oh no.. we are going to lose against sunderland

  • Steeley

    Mar 29, 2008 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #4

    I have a spare ticket (in the home end though!) for the match tomorrow at White Hart Lane. Friend has cancelled on me, and it’s too late to ebay it.
    Anyone interested?

  • Reb

    Mar 29, 2008 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #5

    I’m a lot less worried about relegation at this point — I think it’s clear the three currently in it are going to go down as the other clubs are all pulling away.

    So now, the concern is to get the right results to end the season farther up the table than ‘Boro and Sunderland. I will be content if that happens.

  • Macca

    Mar 29, 2008 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #6

    The table looks just horrible, I’m sorry, it’s great that we’re pulling away from the drop zone but we have to win tomorrow and we have to finish above Sunderland or I’ll never hear the end of it and we have to beat them as well, clearly. But looking at their current form and our current form I think that Sunderland have a very good chance of beating us. They always seem hang in there, fight to the end and score in the final minute or so which is worrying for us because we tend to fall asleep in the final few minutes.

    We need to up our game, stop celebrating about beating Fulham it’s Fulham, and finish the season with one all mighty effort because too many times it’s looked like our players don’t give a dalm and are walking around the pitch and at the same time you’re getting reports about Sunderland and Reading’s almighty fightback and heart and passion and I’m sick of it, it’s about time we showed what we’re made of.

  • ronaldeano

    Mar 29, 2008 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #7

    couldent agree more Macca


    Mar 29, 2008 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #8

    We cannot finish below blunderland it would be like winning the FA Cup to them.

    But the way im looking at it is they are beating clubs on the slide: Wigan, Villa, West Ham and regardless of tommorows result, We will beat Reading and The Mackems at home and finish above them easy.

    The most important thing for me today is bolton losing and Fulham drawing which means it doesnt matter if we lose to Spurs the clubs in the relegation zone still have made up ground and will both go down.

    Aston Villa v Bolton (0)
    Bolton v West Ham (1)
    Middlesbrough v Bolton (0)
    Tottenham v Bolton (0)
    Bolton v Sunderland (1)
    Chelsea v Bolton (0)

    I make that 28 points, KK wont admit it but we are safe we just need to finish above and Beat the scum.


    Mar 29, 2008 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #9

    These are Sunderlands reamining fixtures.

    Fulham v Sunderland (1)
    Sunderland v Man City (3)
    Newcastle v Sunderland (0)
    Sunderland v Middlesbrough (1)
    Bolton v Sunderland (1)
    Sunderland v Arsenal (0)

    God, I hope we beat them because with these fixtures they may finish above us.

    I remember 99/00 and 00/01 when they beat us at SJP both times, Drew at SOS both tmies and they ultimately finished above us both times.

    It was like hell, They still talk about it as well, Those Mackems we had on here the other day refferred to it, KK will not let it happen it cant or ill hunt allardyce down like the flabby piece of meat that he is and disembowel him.

  • Howie

    Mar 29, 2008 at 8:26 PM

    Comment #10

    lets just concentrate on staying up first. sure it only shows how much of a bigger club we are than sunderland if they celebrate finishing 14th and we are 15th. we will beat them in 2 weeks anyway. i fancy us to finish with 37 points and that leaves us around the same as the scum


    Mar 29, 2008 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #11

    Don’t start thinking like sunderland and boro fans do. ie As long as they finish above us there season is a success. Surely we are bigger and better than that.

  • domtoon

    Mar 29, 2008 at 11:22 PM

    Comment #12

    going to the game tomorrow HOWAY THE TOON!!

    all i know is, if we win tomorrow, i am gonna make ALOT of spurs fans suffer monday, just like they’ve made me suffer of the past few months.

    *plural explicative C word*

  • Leo

    Mar 29, 2008 at 11:48 PM

    Comment #13

    damn the mackams

  • Leo

    Mar 29, 2008 at 11:59 PM

    Comment #14

    anyone see the foul by diaby on steinsen… it was worse than the taylor tackle on eduado, so bad because all of the gunners fans were going on about how they never do it and people do it against them only. because their players have flair.

    what a bunch of cnuts

  • m.

    Mar 30, 2008 at 12:40 AM

    Comment #15

    Roy Keane, what a wank***r! mancunian-mackem scum!!!

    we won’t get relegated. not even the mackems will. fulham and bolton are making everything to deserve it.

  • Reillers

    Mar 30, 2008 at 2:01 AM

    Comment #16

    Oh aye, I think that Keane’s done a good job at Sunderland, but we better kick the crap outta them come derby day.

  • mitch

    Mar 30, 2008 at 7:47 AM

    Comment #17

    If we finish in 15 or 16 below the other two and they celebrate it just goes too show who is the biggest club as this has been a terrible season for us the worst since we were promoted and if they think that it is good to finish abov us in our worst season I would hate to be in there position


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