After today’s games Newcastle are in 15th position in the league, dropping one place, with of all clubs, Sunderland having moved above us. 🙁
Phil Brown – Hull have 7 points from last 9 league games
Sunderland had a terrific 4-1 victory at Hull City, with three goals in the last 12 minutes, to record their second successive victory and scored another four goals again in the process.
That should help spur on Newcastle United tomorrow, so at least in that way we are pleased.
Sam Allardyce also made a good start at Blackburn with his team winning 3-0 at home to Stoke City, and they were 3-0 up at half time.
That was the same half-time score in his first competitive game when manager at Newcastle, when we were beating his former team Bolton 3-0 at The Reebok at half-time, in our first league game of last season.
The only result that really went our way today was Aston Villa beating West Ham at Upton Park 1-0, although the Hammers had most of the play.
But then on 78 minutes, former Newcastle youngster James Milner’s shot deflected off Lucas Neill, and ballooned into the net over stranded goalkeeper Robert Green – a goal you concede only when you are having no luck at all.
It was very unlucky on West Ham, to say the least, and former Newcastle player, Craig Bellamy, looked sharp again for the London side this afternoon.
Portsmouth looked hopeless again at Bolton and the 2-1 win by Bolton hardly reflected the Lancashire side’s superiority, and Fulham won another game, by easily beating Middlesbrough 3-0 at Craven Cottage.
Jimmy Bullard, who just may interest Kinnear in January, was the star man and scored Fulham’s first goal after 40 minutes. The London team are now 8th on 24 points, 5 points ahead of Newcastle.
Many teams can be drawn into the relegation zone for this season, but watch out for the three promoted teams.
WBA are bottom on 12 points, with a game tomorrow at home to Man City, who themselves are now 3rd bottom on 18 points, one point behind Newcastle.
Stoke City are one point above Newcastle on 20 points, but with a much worse goal difference than the Magpies (-13 vs -2).
But keep a watch on Hull City, who are starting to fall off from their good start in the league. They are still 6th on 27 points, but in their last 9 league games they have just 7 points.
In the six league games before that they took 16 points from those games, so they are on their way down the league, we think. Put another way, they had 20 points after 9 games and now have 27 points after 18 games.
And Sunderland beat them 4-1 today in a similar game we’ll be playing in the 3rd round of the FA Cup in early January, so hopefully we should be able to get through that fixture. Kinnear seems to fancy our chances, in any case.
It obviously didn’t help Hull manager Phil Brown today, that he was born in South Shields, and was a Sunderland supporter, when growing up.
If we can get 3 points tomorrow, we can move up to 11th place, depending on the other results tomorrow.
But if we can get our second successive win in the league against Spurs tomorrow, we’ll be doing just fine, thank you very much.
Howay The Lads!!