In the crucial match at Hull City, Newcastle were surprisingly second best in the first half, but a great goal from Steven Taylor had leveled the scores before half time, after Geovanni had put the hosts ahead with an easily worked goal after just 9 minutes.
In the second half, if any side was going to win it, it was the Magpies, but the lads had to settle for a point, which is better than nothing, but still not good enough, at least in our view.
But other results went Newcastle’s way this afternoon, and here they are:
Arsenal 4 Blackburn 0
Middlebrough 1 Portsmouth 1
Everton 3 Stoke 1
Sunderland 1 Wigan 2
Bolton 1 Fulham 3
Arsenal look like they are coming into some good form after their overtime win against Roma in mid week, and they twanked Blackburn 4-0, which helps Newcastle also by worsening Blackburn’s goal difference, which is now -16 compared to Newcastle’s -11, but they are on 30 points – one point more than Newcastle.
In fact Arsenal were just 1-0 ahead until the 65th minute, through an own goal from Andre Ooijer, until Arsenal hit 3 goals in the last 25 minutes, and a couple right at the end, in the last two minutes.
Middlesbrough were getting beaten by Portsmouth 1-0 at the Riverside, but they equalized right at the end, in injurt tiume, to get a draw, and keep Portsmouth from moving ahead of Newcastle. Portsmouth are level on 29 points with Newcastle, but they have a worse goal difference. Middlebrough are still a couple point behind Newcastle on 27 points.
Middlesbrough equalized with a rather dramatic injury-time equalizer from on-loan striker Marlon King, right at the end.
And Stoke remained on 29 points when they were rather easily beaten 3-1 at Everton, after the Goodison side had taken an easy first half two goal lead, and Newcastle now go above the Potters on goal difference.
Sunderland were beaten at home by Wigan, and the winning goal was scored by former Newcastle winger Charles N’Zogbia, just before half time – good for him! Charles had said he had top clubs after him in the January transfer window, before he decided on Wigan Athletic, who were the only club to make an offer for him.
Sunderland are on 32 points, three more than Newcastle and have a slight better goal difference.
And finally Bolton were beaten 3-1 at home by Fulham, who will probably be safe with 37 points in 9th place. Bolton are 4 points better off than Newcastle, but have a slightly inferior goal difference.
So bottom line is that Newcastle are now 5th botton (16th place), but are tied with Portsmouth and Stoke on 29 points.
It’s still too close, and while a win today would have moved us up just one place above Blackburn, winning games has to be our way out of this mess – we need to start putting a winning streak together.
Draws like today’s effort will just prolong the agony.