This was the worst possible result for Newcastle United in this 6 pointer at Bolton Wanderers today, as the Magpies went down to a single 47th goal from substitute Ricardo Gardner.
The defeat leaves Newcastle down in the relegation zone, and now just a couple of points above second bottom place. Blackburn beat Hull City 2-1 at Hull, to go just 2 points behind Newcastle, and we now are back in the depths of the relegation struggle, yet again.
This defeat could well set off alarm bells on Tyneside, given that the other results have not gone our way today. It now remains a distinct possibility that we could be relegated this season, for the first time ever from the Premier league, although there are still plenty of points to play for.
That’s the end of our three-game unbeaten run, and with having to face Manchester United at home on Wednesday evening, things will not be looking up at St. James’ Park in the next few days. Of course it doesn’t help either that our manager Joe Kinnear is not in good health and still recovering from a triple bypass operation.
This game was largely uneventful, and some poor defending from Newcastle’s Coloccini and Steven Taylor, led to Gardner’s crucial winner, early in the second half.
Gardner, the Jamaican international scored with his very first touch of the game as he ghosted into the Newcastle penalty box, after just two minutes into the second half, to lift Matt Taylor’s low cross above a helpless Steve Harper from just 10 yards out.
This followed a first half in which the visitors if anything had the better of the exchanges, with Oba Martins having a couple of decent chances that he should have done better with.
Newcastle United pressed for a leveler and had legitimate shouts for a penalty waved away by Alan Wiley, after Fabricio Coloccini’s shot struck the arm of Jlloyd Samuel in the dying stages. However, we cannot keep blaming the referee for the trouble we are now in.
It was just not to be, and this is a rather crushing defeat for our hopes of avoiding relegation.
Now we have Blackburn, Bolton and Middlesbrough all having gained 3 points on us this weekend, and Newcastle have some tough home games coming up against Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea.
The only good thing is that Hull City were beaten yet again today, by Blackburn, and the newly promoted side have been on a terrible run of late.
We play Hull in a couple of weeks time at Hull, and we must secure all 3 points there, otherwise we will be in very serious trouble indeed.
It’s certainly time for some heroes on Tyneside, starting on Wednesday evening against The Red Devils.
This was a game we just had to get something out of, and this this will be a very disappointing result for Newcastle fans, to say the least.
We’re now right back in the middle of the relegation scrap once again, after seemingly starting to pull away, with 5 points from our previous 3 games before today.
The position we are now in is a direct result of the volcano that erupted in early September between Kevin Keegan and the Newcastle Board, and while we have no idea whose fault it was, the unfortunate victim has been the Newcastle United club itself, of course.
We went on to lose 4 league game in succession after the volcano, before Joe Kinnear was able to right the ship. It’s a pity those involved didn’t put the health of the club first.
This is a damaging defeat for the lads, as it plunges the side right back into the relegation quagmire.
As we said, it’s time for heroes starting on Wednesday night, if we are to dig ourselves out of this hole, which just got a little bit deeper this afternoon.