We have 5 home games remaining in the season, and the support Newcastle get in those games, from the fantastic Newcastle crowd, could tip the balance in Newcastle’s favor in the survival stakes.
The Newcastle Crowd – can be the difference
We have Arsenal, Chelsea, Portsmouth, Middlesbrough and Fulham coming up, in that order, and just how many points we can capture in those games will very likely determine if we can survive.
The Newcastle legendary fan support, can certainly go a long way to inspiring the lads to play at their very best – just like they did against Manchester United, when the fans (and the players) were just phenomenal.
That undying support, under such difficult circumstances this season, has to give the Newcastle United club an edge over other teams fighting relegation.
Consider the Middlesbrough crowd’s actions on Saturday, as they heckled their players during their vital game with Portsmouth. Who needs enemies when you have a crowd like that?
And manager Gareth Southgate, a really solid and fair person, was forced to address it after the game, and didn’t like the support his team had received on the day, one little bit, to put it mildly.
But that’s just one reason why we don’t think Middlesbrough should not be grouped as a real North East team – like Newcastle and Sunderland definitely are.
The Middlesbrough support has always been mediocre at best – which is hardly the case at Newcastle and Sunderland, where the fan support is tremendous.
We know there will be a huge crowd for at least the next two home games against top opposition Arsenal and Chelsea, and we know we can rely on the crowd to be on their game, as usual.
What we cannot rely on, is which team will turn up for Newcastle on the night.
The one full of courage, bravery and fight, that gave the great Manchester United side everything they could handle, or the team at fellow strugglers Hull City, that didn’t even wake up until 30 minutes had gone, and we were already 1-0 down.
That seems to be just one of the problems with the Newcastle side right now.