Newcastle’s defeat yesterday at Bolton, where most fans were expecting at least a draw, and with other results having gone against us, the weekend results have left the Tyneside club just 2 points above second bottom place, with a tough home game against Manchester United on Wednesday evening.
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A defeat in that game and Newcastle will have just 10 games remaining and owner Mike Ashley will need to make some decisions about whether he should bring in a short term manager to try to save the club from relegation, which is now a more than real possibility, sad to say.
While the performance yesterday wasn’t too bad, the result was, and other teams in the relegation zone gained on Newcastle.
Assistant coach Chris Hughton feels the Magpies had enough of the play to take something from Sunday’s 1-0 defeat, since we had the better of the attacking possession and Oba Martins had a couple of chances to score in the first half.
But Newcastle were caught just two minutes into the second half, when Enrique was caught way upfield and a quick attack by Bolton down their right wing found Ricardo Gardner clear and he swept the ball first time over and beyond Steve Harper in the Newcastle goal to take all vital 3 points for Bolton.
From Bolton’s viewpoint it was a good goal, but not from Newcastle’s.
Hughton told nufcTV after the game:
“It was a bad goal to concede because at half-time we felt that we could certainly go on and win the game.” “I thought we got into some very good areas and had a lot of attacking possession.”
“Oba had a great chance to score before half-time and we then applied a lot of pressure late in the game.” “We also had a great shout for a penalty when Jlloyd Samuel handled from Fabricio Coloccini.”
“The lad’s hands were up and some referees give those and we thought it was a penalty.” “But to lose this game was bitterly disappointing. We came here looking to take a draw at the very least.”
“Now we have to pick ourselves up for Wednesday against Man United. It’s a tough, tough game, but our lads will need no motivating against the champions in front of our own fans.”
Chris can talk for the next 3 days about how we should have taken something from the game, but the fact is we have now let Bolton get 5 points away from us, while a win would have taken us above them in the league. That’s why they are called 6 pointers and the very last thing you want to do, is lose these games.
It will be almost the same, but only worse when we play Hull City away on 14th March, because they are 1 point above us, and almost every team have beaten them of late, including Blackburn Rovers yesterday. Anything but a win in that game will bring even more gloom and doom descending on Tyneside.
We have 28 points and with a fairly tough run-in it’s hard to see us getting much more than 40 points, which would be our worst points total ever in the Premier League. In fact it will make the last 3 seasons the three lowest points totals ever for us in the Premier League, that’s how low the club has fallen to of late.
Unless Newcastle can take something out of the tough game on Wednesday night, against the newly crowned Carling Cup winners, things will look dire indeed.