Relegation Watch – Newcastle 12 Points Clear

It was a good day for Newcastle and local rivals Sunderland, who both registered good wins in their vital games this afternoon, to each make it 3 wins on the trot.


Kevin Keegan – magic starting to work at Newcastle United

Both Fulham and Bolton were again beaten, and it’s really looking now that these two will accompany already relegated Derby County down to the Championship at the end of the season.

Sunderland beat Fulham 3-1 at Craven Cottage with goals from Danny Collins, Michael Chopra and Kenwyne Jones, to register their 3rd win on the trot, and would appear to be safe from relegation.

Newcastle of course hammered Reading by 3-0 with goals from Martins, Owen and Viduka, and it could have been worse for Reading but Newcastle at least improve their goal difference to -18. 3 games ago it was standing at -26.

Wigan Athletic had a good 2-0 win over Birmingham City with two goals from Ryan Taylor and Bolton were hammered by Aston Villa 4-0 at Villa Park and remain on 26 points, and they also now have a worse goal difference than Newcastle.

Here are the standings at the bottom of the Premier League after today’s games:

Pos Team         Games Won Drawn Lost GF  GA  GD Points

11  Tottenham 	  33 	10   10   13  62  56   6  40
12  Newcastle 	  33 	10    8   15  40  58 -18  38
13  Sunderland 	  33 	10    6   17  32  50 -18  36
14  Wigan 	  33 	9     7   17  30  47 -17  34
15  Middlesbrough 32 	8    10   14  28  45 -17  34
16  Reading 	  33 	9     5   19  37  61 -24  32
17  Birmingham 	  33 	7     9   17  38  51 -13  30
18  Bolton 	  33 	6     8   19  30  52 -22  26
19  Fulham 	  33 	4    12   17  30  56 -26  24
20  Derby 	  32 	1     8   23  16  67 -51  11

Comments very welcome.

13 comments so far

  • gordond

    Apr 5, 2008 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #1

    Should be safe now start planning for next season TOON ARMY.

  • Tripp

    Apr 5, 2008 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #2

    It’s amazing what a 10-2 run will do for your GD. We’re now in a very comfortable position. We’re also catching Pompey at a good time. They’re playing the extra games of the cup and that will help us a little. They’re the first real test, I think. They have plenty of goal scorers and have a better defense than spurs.

  • Markus

    Apr 5, 2008 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #4

    Its hats off to KK. Any team that loses 6-0 is always going to be near the relegation area but somehow he turned it around. Still a bit fragile at the back, although it was nice to see the support the full backs gave the midfield down the flanks when going forward (and some excellent crosses). Impressed by Martins ball control and he always looked as though he could score. Owen missed a number of fairly easy chances before finishing his hardest (but killer) goal. Supporting NUFC is never easy. Ive lost count of how many times my heart has been crushed. This result really does mean that planning can go ahead for next season, players selected, KK can be trusted with his selection on those players with the tactics he has in mind. We must beat the Mackems though.

  • ScottyT

    Apr 5, 2008 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #5

    gotta be safe now id say .. only team left with a chance of going into the r zone for me are probably b’ham

  • toonbully

    Apr 5, 2008 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #6

    I expect a hard fought draw at Pompey , live on Setanta , poss 1- 1 , then we have the scum at SJP , now I expect a 2-0 or 3-0 from a rampant toon with the crowd giving it some to the mackems . It be nice to see Roy Keane leaving the toon with nee points , so many times we played him as captain of Manu and he gave us headaches , and I never forget that time he tried to knock shearer’s heed off , handbags ladies , I’d luvit luvit luvit …!! as one might say…!

  • geordie in taipei

    Apr 5, 2008 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #7

    Like what Tripp said about pompey ! It may be 2:30 in morning here in taipei and i may well be drunk …..but i think we will win again next weekend….just feel somethings changed and we gonna make a good late push for respectability. Next season gonna be great cant wait to see who we buy and how we play !

  • Leo

    Apr 5, 2008 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #8

    a mere two points below tottenham, would be useful if we could leapfrog them as i said previously, we have a real chance of doing this.

  • Spyro

    Apr 5, 2008 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #9

    we can DEFINITELY win at Pompey, we can beat Pompey at full strength on our day much less a pompey with one eye on the F.A Cup, i want at least a draw next week.

  • Spyro

    Apr 5, 2008 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #10

    Exactly Leo, Tottenham are my biggest rivals for NUFC after the scum and smoggies. I hate those f****n lilyshites

  • Tripp

    Apr 5, 2008 at 8:50 PM

    Comment #11

    Yeah. I’d luvit, luvit if we finished higher than them. And there’s every reason to think we can. If hammer’s lose then we’re only 6 points off with 5 games left. We could catch them too, but they’ll have to lend a helping hand.

  • Bill F

    Apr 5, 2008 at 11:29 PM

    Comment #12

    Pompey were lucky today, if WBA had finished better they’d have won. I think we can give them some payback for that defeat that started our bad run.
    Still if we hadn’t have had it Sam might still be manager and no KK.

    It would take a miracle for Bolton and Fulham to catch us now. Seems that Bolton miss him more than we do.

  • shirts

    Apr 6, 2008 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #13

    Dunno–I think we’re safe now, but the upcoming games are much tougher than the likes of Fulham and Reading. And teams will try to adjust to our new-found formula. Let’s see…


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