Newcastle Survival Stakes – Results Go Our Way

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.

Comments welcome.

8 comments so far

  • sahota

    Mar 14, 2009 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #1

    Looks like everyone drinking heavily to just forget about NUFC. Guys me too same here. Sitting and thinking whats going to happen next. Looks like fans should go to next match with real STICKS in hand. And give one to our Manager. Why the hell he has not put Peter in the game. And he think Shola is better than him. Peter scored 2 goals in 4 games. YES YES I know they were simple chances, but look at todays match, we got those kind of chances but our players were not able to put them IN. Com’on man forget about it now….but how can I ? Can anybody take any positives out of today’s game. How we can think of 9-10 more points in next 9 games. ….Terrible

  • Vest

    Mar 14, 2009 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #2

    We need a manager. I know he’s out sick, but it will do us no good in the Championship saying “we were without a manager for longer periods”. Get Bruce in NOW ! ! ! !

    GOOOO TOOOOOON ! ! ! !

  • Mikeflame

    Mar 14, 2009 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #3

    It really pisses me off how we come out all guns blazing against Man Utd then shy away against Hull! 3 points is 3 points be it against West Brom or Man U. Our biggest problem this season is the lower teams have had more fight than us when we’ve played them! we play a past it central midfielder who has cost us a lot of games, we have no natural right winger not including the kids which WHY THE HELL DONT WE PLAY THEM!!!!! our strikers havent had any sort of chance to gel and our team changes week in week out. No tactics, no leadership, no force driving us forward! We play hard when it doesnt matter and shy away when it does! excuse after excuse, lose in the cup “oh its better we can fight relegation easier” yeah my arse!!! I love Newcastle, we have a cracking set of players on the pitch, the youth squad is fantastic, amazing scouting system its the managers and the backroom staff that are royally w@nk! We have shit all points in the last 14 games now its a complete joke and its all down to tactics, team selection and basically whoever is managing the team! Sack em all, bring in Ketsbaia as soon as season ends and let him chose his coaches and the players he wants (with help from Wise etc cos he has done a good job) and lets just hope that we can snatch a cheeky point here and there and the other lower teams keep slipping up!! First real rant Ive had but now it is getting beyond a joke, how many 6 pointer games have we fluffed now! Ive always tried to stay positive and Im still thinking we can stay up but sheesh its gonna be down to the last game of the season! Sad how weve somehow managed to swap places with Everton over the past 5-6 years!

  • geordie jock

    Mar 14, 2009 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #4

    Great set of players who have been absolutely brilliant ( talking to the media ). So why do they keep shouting their big fat gobs off ( we are going to do it for the fans or the manager ) and then dare to put in a performance like today. The passing today was at best diabolical, the defending farsical, free kicks and corners a total disgrace and the shooting was wayward. The so called tactics had me so confused and can somebody tell me what the coaches do during the week cos there was no evidense of that during the match. The players and the coaches in charge should all hang their heads in shame and give all their wages to charity and publicly apologise to the fans. I have to say i am so embarrased to be a Newcastle United supporter tonight.

  • mcvicar

    Mar 15, 2009 at 12:54 AM

    Comment #5

    whats going on with the players they didnt even try to get things going in the 1st half i was expecting to see them fly out the traps and put hull under pressure and i seen nowt of the sort and to think we could of been 1 point away from the macums if u won today

  • Zangwill_Ho

    Mar 15, 2009 at 3:20 AM

    Comment #6

    if peter were instead of Shola in this games, there were a great chance to win. As I saw Shola 90% only stand on the ground, just saw and waited the ball, no action, when he acted, he just keep not more than 5 seconds. So so so poor. Why why why still to use him?

  • Sav

    Mar 15, 2009 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #7

    True, Ed. But not much consolation in it, either morally or practically. If it was us, we’d be saying, ‘it doesn’t matter how little we beat them by, even goal difference, just as long as we finish ahead. The fact we are even talking like this is a damn shame.

  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 15, 2009 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #8


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