Newcastle Relegation Watch


While Newcastle were gaining a valuable away point at Fratton Park today, both Sunderland and Reading lost their home games, and Bolton won at home against the out- of-form West Ham side.

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Faye – like a rock in Newcastle’s defense at Portsmouth

While Newcastle are hardly in relegation worries we’ll take this opportunity to see how we did against the two teams above us (Tottenham and West Ham) we can catch above us in the table.

Here the results of the important games today

Birmingham 1 Everton 1
Bolton 1 West Ham 0
Derby 0 Aston Villa 6
Reading – Fulham 2
Sunderland 1 Man City 2
Tottenham 1 Middlesbrough 1

It was a good point for Birmingham and seems to further dampen Everton’s chances of catching Liverpool for 4th place.

Bolton had their first win for a long long time in beating West Ham who seem to be in a big slump, so it’s another point gained by Newcastle on the Hammers, and we still have to play them at Upton Park, which is a must win game if we are to catch them. We are now 5 points behind them with 4 games to play.

Fulham easily beat Reading, who will be lucky to score a goal with their strikers so poor. Fulham won easily, and hit the cross-bar 3 times in the second half, before scoring their second goal in added time.

The loss puts Reading right back in the mix, just 3 points above Bolton and the drop,  but it will still be difficult for Fulham to survive, though stranger things have happened. Reading are now 5 points ahead of Fulham.

Sunderland went down to an 83rd minute strike form Darius Vassell after Dean Whitehead had equalized an Elano penalty after 82 minutes. Sunderland are 7 points above the drop and should be safe.

Tottenham again couldn’t win after being ahead against Middlesbrough but a 69th minute Downing right foot goal equalized an own goal from Jonathan Grounds. So Newcastle remain just 2 points behind Spurs.

As far as Newcastle are concerned we are now 10 points clear of the drop, with 4 games to play so theoretically we’re still not safe, since Bolton could still get 12 points if they somehow win their last 4 games, which of course will hardly happen.

Here’s the bottom half of the table after today’s games:

Pos Team       Games Won Draw Lost GF  GA  GD Points

10  West Ham 	34   12    8   14  35  41  -6 	44
11  Tottenham 	34   10   11   13  63  57   6 	41
12  Newcastle 	34   10    9   15  40  58 -18 	39
13  M’Boro 	34    8   12   14  31  48 -17 	36
14  Sunderland 	34   10    6   18  33  52 -19 	36
15  Wigan 	33    9    7   17  30  47 -17 	34
16  Reading 	34    9    5   20  37  63 -26 	32
17  Birmingham 	34    7   10   17  39  52 -13 	31
18  Bolton 	34    7    8   19  31  52 -21 	29
19  Fulham 	34    5   12   17  32  56 -24 	27
20  Derby 	34    1    8   25  16  74 -58 	11 

We’ll need to make sure we get all 3 points next Sunday against Sunderland, at St. James’ Park, with the KO being at 1:30 pm. We just must win that game.

Comments welcome.



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14 comments so far

  • CRAIGG

    Apr 12, 2008 at 8:37 PM

    Comment #1

    Nice to see Sunderland coming back to normality again.

    Interesting end to the season on the cards now with Bolton and Fulham winning and Brum and Reading failing to.

    A win next week and the season certainly will end on a high.

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  • hanzemre

    Apr 12, 2008 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #2

    We’re ready to beat them. No problems.

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  • Macca

    Apr 12, 2008 at 8:48 PM

    Comment #3

    Sunderland were very unlucky, Andy Reid was very impressive yet again. They scored a very good goal. Didn’t deserve to loose really..ah well.

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  • Cyprus Mag

    Apr 12, 2008 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #4

    Macca, please go and join a mackem blog, I don’t want to hear such things true or not.

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  • Macca

    Apr 12, 2008 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #5

    Sorry would you rather I lie..okay dokey, God they were awful.

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  • Cyprus Mag

    Apr 12, 2008 at 9:06 PM

    Comment #6

    Macca, thats better. :c)

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  • hanzemre

    Apr 12, 2008 at 9:18 PM

    Comment #7

    😉

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  • Egar

    Apr 13, 2008 at 12:13 AM

    Comment #8

    Thanks Macca. (haha)

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  • Punk Skunk

    Apr 13, 2008 at 1:19 AM

    Comment #9

    I’d be well happy if we came 4th bottom if s’land went down!..Lol!..

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  • joe

    Apr 13, 2008 at 3:11 AM

    Comment #10

    Really hope fulham survive. They’re a group of hardworking honest players who have just been a little unlucky at the beginning of the season.

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  • ScottyT

    Apr 13, 2008 at 3:46 AM

    Comment #11

    we could get bullard if they went down though 🙂

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  • Zero Cool

    Apr 13, 2008 at 4:15 AM

    Comment #12

    Never saying your showing favoritism to scumderland, but how can you say “they should be safe” and then even mention the possibility of our relegation? We are a much better side than the unclean, we’re playing better football, we’ve got an easier schedule, and …we’re from Newcastle…so God likes us better

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  • Leo

    Apr 13, 2008 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #13

    well depending on who bolton or fulham have to play we might be safe… if they get their wins and one of them is against a team below us then it puts them in that situation doenst it..?

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  • Whumpie

    Apr 15, 2008 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #14

    Nah – can’t bring myself to honestly want the dog-f**%!ers to go down. Just remember the hole left in the season without those two derby matches.

    In a perfect world, the mackems should always just grab 17th by goal difference, 10 points adrift of the team in 18th. Who would be the smogs.

    C’mon – would you really want to miss out on what’s coming this Sunday? (And I have to admit that the re-schedule was my fault – they moved it to be on my 40th birthday bless ’em).

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