There was only one Premier League game last night but the result saw Blackburn move above Newcastle in the Premier League table.
Blackburn were at Craven Cottage last night, where another relegation side, this Saturday’s Newcastle opponents Hull City, won with a last minute goal last weekend to get their first win since December 6th, when they beat Middlesbrough.
And almost the same thing happened again last night, although Fulham had taken the lead through the American Clint Dempsey after just 2 minutes.
But then on 69 minutes there was a controversial equaliser from El-Hadji Diouf, the fomrer Liverpool, Bolton and Sunderland winger, who appeared to be clearly offside. Somehow this law will need to be changed, because there is just too much interpretation allowed of when a player is involved in play.
The player seemed clearly offside, but was not flagged. The goal was allowed to stand, and then of course just 5 minutes from time, Jason Roberts got the all important winner to capture Blackburn a vital 3 points.
This result means that Blackburn have taken 7 points from their last 3 games, and have gained 6 points in that time on Newcastle, and are now 2 points ahead of the Magpies, who are in 4th bottom place.
Portsmouth are level on points with Newcastle but have an inferior goal difference, but they also have a game in hand, which fortunately is against Manchester United, but a draw in that game could take them above the Magpies and Newcastle will then be 3rd bottom, with all teams having played 28 games.
So it wasn’t a good result for Newcastle last night, in fact the worst possible, and Fulham are not safe yet either, although they have 34 points, a full 6 points more than Newcastle.
Newcastle need to put together a string of wins to move up the table, otherwise relegation is going to become an even bigger threat as time goes on, and hardly good for the health or nerves of Newcastle supporters. 🙁
We need to start saving ourselves and not be dependent on the results of other clubs down in the relegation quagmire with us.