Newcastle – Top Ten Watch


Newcastle fairly easily dispatched Sunderland this afternoon at St. James’ Park and are now mathematically safe from relegation.

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Michael Owen – captain was two goal hero against Sunderland today

However, with Bolton winning yesterday, Sunderland are still just 5 points above the drop zone after their defeat today, so it’s not over yet. But there’s only 3 games remaining also.

Results that had bearing on relegation from yesterday and today are as follows:

Today: 

Aston Villa 5 Birmingham 1
Newcastle 2 Sunderland 0

Yesterday:

Arsenal 2 Reading 0
Fulham 0 Liverpool 2
Middlesbrough 0 Bolton 1
West Ham 2 Derby 1
Wigan 1 Tottenham 1

The bottom teams Reading, Sunderland, Derby, Fulham and Birmingham all lost.

With West Ham United finally winning, they remain 5 points above Newcastle and we’ll have to at least beat them away next Saturday to have any chance of catching them.

But we are now level with Spurs and have every chance of overtaking them in the league to snatch at least 11th place.

Our lowest points total ever in the PL is last years’ 43 points so we are now just one point short of that total.

Here’s the bottom of the league as it stands after today’s game against Sunderland.

Pos Team        Games Won Draw Lost GF  GA  GD Points

10  West Ham 	  35  13   8 	14  37 	42  -5 	 47
11  Tottenham 	  35  10  12 	13  64 	58   6 	 42
12  Newcastle 	  35  11   9 	15  42 	58 -16 	 42
13  Wigan 	  35   9   9 	17  32 	49 -17 	 36
14  Middlesbrough 35   8  12 	15  31 	49 -18 	 36
15  Sunderland 	  35  10   6 	19  33 	54 -21 	 36
16  Bolton 	  35   8   8 	19  32 	52 -20 	 32
17  Reading 	  35   9   5 	21  37 	65 -28 	 32
18  Birmingham 	  35   7  10 	18  40 	57 -17 	 31
19  Fulham 	  35   5  12 	18  32 	58 -26 	 27
20  Derby 	  35   1   8 	26  17 	76 -59 	 11

Next match on the agenda is at Upton Park next week and that is a must win game against the Hammers if we are to get to the upper half of the table this season. The Hammers have not been in good form of late, and a win is a definite possibility, given Newcastle’s current excellent form.

Comments welcome.



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11 comments so far

  • Spyro

    Apr 20, 2008 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #1

    West Ham are 10th Ed, thats the top half mate

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  • Vitorbarbosa

    Apr 20, 2008 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #2

    3 games to chase 5 points. Might be a bit hard, but as long as we get over 43 points, we are very happy.

    Remember the days we speculate how many points we will get at the end of the season when we are on our worst run?

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  • Ed Harrison

    Apr 20, 2008 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #3

    Right – we’ll have to overtake them to get 10th and the upper half.

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  • 51times

    Apr 20, 2008 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #4

    Depends which West Ham turn up on the day really. I think we can beat them though.

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  • geordiejayne

    Apr 20, 2008 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #5

    Top Game we are over the moon.

    Great site Ed keep it up for next season we are looking forward to the footie and the site

    UP THE TOON

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  • Spyro

    Apr 20, 2008 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #6

    Derby were unlucky to not get a draw against them yesterday, they are definitely beatable and are not great offensively OR defensively. We will need to perform better than today though to get a win there.

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  • wsq

    Apr 20, 2008 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #7

    I’m positive for once, because my mind tells me that they’re a typical Alan Curbishley plus mid table side, safe from relegation and nothing to play for anymore.

    I hope parker doesn’t play, i like him too much.

    Hopefully Oba scores next week, a hattrick. I always wish him well.

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  • Michael

    Apr 20, 2008 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #8

    West Ham are definately beatable. Finishing above Spurs is the target Im aiming for.

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  • Irish-Toon

    Apr 20, 2008 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #9

    I work with 3 Spurs fans and the stick I’ve had to take from them, especially after the carling cup final, but we did do them 4-1 which was nice, but i’d still love to finish above them

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  • yet_another_indian_toon

    Apr 20, 2008 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #10

    Get above West Ham!!! Junk the relegation watch thread, and start top-half watch!

    Had a bet with my friend on a extra large sub that toons will finish ahead of hammers. Almost bought him the sub in Jan. Then KK came, and I said, “hang on mate, the bet is still on!”

    Cmon! finish above wham!!! That should be the goal and target!!!

    3 points next weekend, and we are 3 points within wham. Then chelski and everton…. 4-6 points are good enough to push spammers of their comfy perch

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  • Leo

    Apr 21, 2008 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #11

    this certainly beats relegation watch

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