This weekend was not a good one for Newcastle’s survival hopes in the Premier League.
The bottom line is that before the weekend ,Newcastle were 5 points clear of 3rd bottom place, and following the results over the last couple of days, the club is now just 2 points above second bottom place.
Here are the results of the other relegation candidates over the weekend:
Everton 2 WBA 0
Middlebrough 2 Liverpool 0
Hull 1 Blackburn 2
Aston Villa 2 Stoke 2
West Ham 1 Man City 0
WBA continue to lag 4 points behind every other team, on 22 points, and they must be well fancied to go down, after Everton beat them fairly easily on Saturday.
One big surprise on Saturday was Middlesbrough’s shock win over Liverpool 2-0 at The Riverside, and they deserved the win. Liverpool didn’t bother turning up, and were really hopeless, and Middlesbrough had more spirit and fight than the Merseyside team, and surprisingly deserved all 3 points.
Hull City gained 20 points from their first 9 games in the league, but in their last 18 games they have just 9 points, and they went down again to Blackburn Rovers at home yesterday, by a score of 2-1. That brought Blackburn to just 2 points behind Newcastle in the league, a gain of 3 points.
There’s still a chance that all three promoted sides can go back down this season, with WBA almost a certainly and Stoke currently second bottom. and Hull in real relegation form.
And Stoke even had the audacity of coming back from 2-0 down at Villa Park yesterday, with just 3 minutes remaining, and score 2 goals to take an unlikely point.
And Manchester City managed to lose yet another game, this time at West Ham 1-0, and they are just 4 points above Newcastle, with Mark Hughes seemingly doing his best to get fired with these poor results, given all the top players he has at his disposal.
That’s it, and it doesn’t look good for Newcastle.
But because we cannot take points away to Bolton, the lads will need to go all out on Wednesday night to try to get something out of the Manchester United game, in front of 52,000 fans.
A win there would lift the spirits of everybody associated with the club, but then the biggest nail-biter of them all awaits us at Hull City a week come Saturday, and anything but a win there, will bring gloom and doom flooding back to Tyneside.
That’s where we stand right now, and the truth is that it just doesn’t look good.