Some good news this afternoon regarding Newcastle’s survival status, and we’ll take whatever we can get today.
Micah Richards – scored winner against Sunderland
Sunderland lost 1-0 at Manchester City, after George McCartney was sent of after just 15 minutes of the game McCartney was sent off after he tugged at Shawn Wright Phillips, and it seemed rather a harsh call by referee Steve Tanner. After 21 minutes City were awarded a penalty as Richards was brought down by a lunging tackle by Steed Malbranque in the box.
Surprisingly, Robinho took the penalty and not regular penalty taker Elano, and Robinho, after doing a stutter step, hit the ball weakly and goalkeeper Fulop easily saved. It was not unlike what happened yesterday with Oba Martins, but Oba did not do the stutter step, but then he’s not worth £32M, is he? Robinho is a good player, but there’s no way this lad is worth that much money – no way!
Micah Richards finally got the goal that meant all 3 points for the Eastlands club, after 56 minutes, and that left Sunderland still 3 points up on Newcastle with a better goal difference.
It’s interesting to note that both Spurs and Manchester City have now pulled clear of relegation with 38 points on the board.
And Newcastle were helped by Geordie manager Steve Bruce’s Wigan, who put in a workmanlike display against the rugged Hull City side, and finally got their deserved winner in the 84th minute, with a nice lobbed goal from Ben Watson, to take all 3 points. Wigan are now 7th on 41 points, and that’s a lot different from last year at this time. Good job being done there by Steve Bruce.
That leaves Hull City just 4 points above Newcastle with a worse goal difference, so they are still within reach.
Good news for the Magpies, but it’s hardly satisfying we need to rely on other teams’ performances to stay up.
And Liverpool are finally playing like they did at Newcastle, and hammering Aston Villa 5-0 after 65 minutes at Anfield – however Newcastle have to visit Anfield before the end of the season. 🙁