Newcastle Survival Stakes: Hull and Sunderland Lose

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. 🙁

Comments welcome.

68 comments so far

  • ObaMartins

    Mar 22, 2009 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #1

    We need a Manager to survive, not the muppets in Charge

  • Thump

    Mar 22, 2009 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #2

    I agree Oba. Hughton might as well put on a red and white top and do a strip tease on the centre spot.

  • AngerOfTheNorth

    Mar 22, 2009 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #3

    Good news, but Oba’s right. These results simply mean that there are teams above us that we can catch up with – we still need to win games to do so.

    Let’s all take a step back and have a show of hands – who honestly believes that JK will be fit to return for the last five games? Even one of the club’s directors has come out and said that he should take a good six months off. He’s had major heart surgey for crying out loud, does anyone know anyone that’s had that sort of operation and then successfully returned to a hugely stressful job in under six months and been okay? Besides, we don’t need a manager for 5 games, we need one for all 9, desperately. Hughton isn’t a manager and won’t win us any games.

    We need a new manager. Now.

  • tom tomb

    Mar 22, 2009 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #4

    comments 1 & 2 true true true. Hughton is a disaster.

  • jimiley

    Mar 22, 2009 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #5

    If we stay up, the crowd will plummet to 35,000 or even lower. I’ll be one of the missing many after watching the team for 45 years. Why? Because we are used to winning nothing, but we are not stupid and draw the line when the owner is taking the p…. out of us. MA will be choking on his pint when he sees the size of the crowd next season. They’ll have to close most of the ground. He should have sold to the Arabs. Relegation or 100 million and Ashley chose relegation. No wonder he has lost 2 BILLION in business and needs our transfer money to prop up his businesses.!!!

  • jimiley

    Mar 22, 2009 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #6

    I am 100% convinced we will go down.
    We have the worst manager in the league. He is 1000 times worse than Sam Allardyce. 3 points from 30 says it all. Sam got slaughtered with a much better record. Nobody says anything about Hughton. Why? Because we know we are stuffed. Its all too late. Our idiot owner will probably bring Venables in with 5 matches left. Woopppeee!!!! We will be better off relegated. Can you face another yaer of this, the old players a year older, JK in charge and MA spending 5 mil on players to rectify things!!!! We will certainly get relegated next year. Get rid of the prima donna overpaid geriatrics and maybe MA will disappear as well. 35.000 if we stay up or 20,000 if we go down. Most of those missing will be protesting about MA. The man is an utter disaster. Buy em cheap and stack em high Mikey boy

  • Brazilian Geordie

    Mar 22, 2009 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #7

    Hey lads, sorry I know this is not related with the issue, but has anyone here already bought something on the club’s official online shop.

    I’m really having problems there. And when I decided to go to the ”Contact us” link they say I’m using invalid characters, but I’ve even already deleted all the periods, commas whatsoever.

    Please, if anyone could help me.

  • Thump

    Mar 22, 2009 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #8

    I’ve bought a few things from the shop and haven’t had any bother, Brazilian Geordie.

  • batty

    Mar 22, 2009 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #9

    why dont you ring your order through m8

  • geordie jock

    Mar 22, 2009 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #10

    Does it really matter if teams just above us lose because we are not good enough to catch these teams up. We have too many crap players with no heart. Bassong is the only decent player we have bought since last summer apart from maybe lovenkrands. The likes of Guthrie, Nolan , R. Taylor Colo and jonas are not up to premiership standard and when we go down these players will probably not be up to championship standard and we will suffer again ( if they are still here )

  • Brazilian Geordie

    Mar 22, 2009 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #11

    Damn it. Now I deleted all the spaces and they written: ”Thank you, we’ll be contacting you…”

    But how they are going to understand what I’ve written now?

  • BlacknWhite Barmy

    Mar 22, 2009 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #12

    Brazilian – why are you purchasing stuff from the club now – wait till the summer fire sale

  • will die for the toon army

    Mar 22, 2009 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #14

    i agree with geordie jock, we are f’d and the purchases vent been to standard but what i think is that am hoping for a 17th position.

  • BlacknWhite Barmy

    Mar 22, 2009 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #15

    Its something that we are looking at other clubs loosing instead of us winning as a way out of hte relegation zone. Face it we were stuffed the day KK walkout out. MA has failed to sell the club, appoint a manager or even a management team with even a remote inkling on how to run a football club.
    I fear that we are in freefall and could end up being lower than Leeds. Lets face it any decent player does not want to come to a Championship club, any decent player we currently have Bassong, Jonas will be off. Leaving us with the highly paid dross (some of whom have been offered new contracts- showmeameba for 1) who will sit out their pay day.

    Brazillian even better idea if you are after Mags merchandise – go to JJB Sports – now theres a proper shop

  • geordie jock

    Mar 22, 2009 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #16

    BlacknWhite Barmy

    why do you think Jonas is a decent player, Mabe i’ve missed something but i think he is absolute shite just like his team mate Collicini.
    p.s. so are the rest of the team

  • Brazilian Geordie

    Mar 22, 2009 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #17

    Thanks all you.

    Well, about the sale, hahaha, that would be a good move, but I want to buy it now 🙁

    Btw I’m waiting for some answer. But what a crazy way of managing things. How they’re going to understand my post with no space between the words?!

    And isn’t this JJB sports rival of Mike Ashley’s Sport Direct? Therefore we have to give more money to Ashley, hahahahaha. Who know, he could take that and build on a decent team!

  • Brazilian Geordie

    Mar 22, 2009 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #18

    Btw, a decent team I think we even have, but who knows a new good manager.

    It wouldn’t at all be a bad idea.

  • Rodzilla

    Mar 22, 2009 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #19

    Brazilian. It’s a pretty poor website by all counts mate. I thought it was an unofficial one when I first saw it a couple of weeks back. What’s the problem you were having with the site to make you want to contact them?

  • Rodzilla

    Mar 22, 2009 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #20

    …btw mate, if it’s shirts you’re after you’ll probably get them cheaper elsewhere – as ridiculous as it seems

  • Brazilian Geordie

    Mar 22, 2009 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #21

    Oh well, the problem is that in that HELP link they say VISA credit card can be one of the payment options.

    But then when I confirm the order they give me a fucking big adress, an image to print and says that members outside UK are just allowed to buy it by cheque or bank drafts.

  • Brazilian Geordie

    Mar 22, 2009 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #22

    (I’m having problems here too)

  • Brazilian Geordie

    Mar 22, 2009 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #23

    The problem with the club’s shop is that in their HELP link they say VISA credit car can be one of the payment options.

    But then when I confirm the order they say members outside UK are just allowed to buy it by cheque or bank drafts.

  • Brazilian Geordie

    Mar 22, 2009 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #24

    credit card*

    And they also requires a lot of things if I’m going to use cheque:

    * Denominated in GB pounds
    * NOT Euro Cheques/Bankers Drafts
    * Pre-printed with a nine-digit bank routing number

  • Rodzilla

    Mar 22, 2009 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #25

    geordie jock

    ….reply from a different poster, but I rate Gutierrez also. His commitment levels in past games have been 2nd to none. He gets forward AND tracks back and puts in tackles all over the shop. When it comes to taking a player on the
    man has the balls of an elephant. It’s unfortunate that so many NUFC fans are rating him on his lack of goals/assists. For starters he’s played on the left wing for the majority of his tenure up to now – he’s far more likely to whip in crosses with his more natural right foot, from the right wing. Also, when you play in a team full of half-arsers you have to cover more ground to make up for your team-mate’s inefficiencies.

    I still think we’re yet to see the best of young Jonas. I rate him.

  • BlacknWhite Barmy

    Mar 22, 2009 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #26

    GeordieJock – Jonas decent. Perhaps its becouse of who is playing with. Its a shame but he is probably our most creative midfielder currently ;{
    I think everyone on here has been saying we need a creative midfielder for the last 3 transfer windows – to think we used to have the likes of Dyer, Jenas, Parker, Milner and Zog and now we have Geremi and Butt – so with them in place I think Jonas is a relative world beater

  • Rodzilla

    Mar 22, 2009 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #27

    Brazilian, ahhhh, as I said, sh1t website mate. I would’ve thought Ashley of all people might’ve been able to sell club merchandise a tad better.

    I’d shop elsewhere, or do it by post mate.

  • lacedaemonian

    Mar 22, 2009 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #28

    I would like to see us not playing in the Championship. Steven Taylor was awesome yesterday, we should make him captain on principle of him being the only player who seems interested in playing for us this season.

  • Brazilian Geordie

    Mar 22, 2009 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #29

    Ok, many thanks, Rodzilla.

    I’ll just wait to see what they’re going to tell me. Therefore if the problem isn’t solved I’ll look elsewhere.

    Thanks again.

  • Big Dave

    Mar 22, 2009 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #30

    Rodzilla totally agree about Jonas people putting him down allready, i think he has done brill sofar and think he well only get better.
    24 lacedaemonian the only problem is he sometimes losses his head for a split second and does something daft, which a ref is going to catch him on, but I think he has really came on in leaps and bounds thes season.

  • Stuart79

    Mar 22, 2009 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #31

    Were really fcked as a club.

    I don’t think there has been a club in more turmoil than us ever!

    Surely Ashley must realise that a director of football just doesn’t work in England.

    Why is he being so stubborn? We need a manager and we DON’T need a director of football!

  • Rodzilla

    Mar 22, 2009 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #32

    I agree about Steven Tayor Big Dave. He does still have his ‘Bramble moments’ but he’s definitely improving.

    …speaking of his ‘something daft’ ability, you remember this little peach?


  • roscoe

    Mar 22, 2009 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #34

    37 pts = safe

  • always geordie

    Mar 22, 2009 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #35

    All the players the fans rate including Guitterez the management seem to dislike. Hughton, calderwood and that note board yesterday was doing my head in. When Hughton took over from KK the fixtures could not have been kinder but he was unable to win a game. There is still time to get someone in. It might cost MA a tidy sum but it will cost him more if we get relegated. There is no guarantee we will bounce straight back up. The championship is a totally different brand of football. You cannot have the same team to win the championship and stay in the premier league it is like to different sports.

  • always geordie

    Mar 22, 2009 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #36

    Roscoe you say 37 points to be safe.
    We have not accumulated any points for months. We have lost to Hull Mackems and Blackburn twice what makes you think we can get that total. Its nonesense.
    We play for short spells and cannot sustain it for ninety minutes.

  • Rodzilla

    Mar 22, 2009 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #37

    always geordie

    I’m trying not to dwell too much on relegation mate as I, as you do, think if we go down we’re staying there for at least 2 seasons. If we’re relegated it’s the ‘be all, end all’ for me. I’ve been following the club for a long while now and find it really difficult trying to get my head ’round the board’s seeming lack of fear. Our fate is now in the hands of 11 men, and 11 men only. Even if we brought in Mourinho tomorrow I doubt he’d make much difference. I’m a gambling man, but, sh1t, this is a long shot.

    …wake me up in 2 months

  • chuck

    Mar 22, 2009 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #38

    1= Dont blame Hughton or Joe, they are working with what they were given.
    2- It`s not a case of whether theres a director of football or not, its a case of having experienced football people in charge.
    3=This club has over the last couple of years lost some pretty good players.
    4= Apart from Bassong, I dont really rate any of the signings, sorry I forgot Beye, a real pro.
    5= Who`s fault is it? Who does the hiring, who ok`s the buying and selling, who provides the funds or lack of them ?
    6= Had Ashley hired the right people to begin with ,none of what we are experiencing would have happened, It began with KK, should have left him with his soccer circus or whatever he was doing, bad move.
    Llambias has been a disaster, his predecessor was smart enough to see Ashley`s plan was unworkable and quickly jumped ship.
    Cant say i know anything about the board, other than since the days of Stan Seymour ,they have been nothing but ineffectual yes men.
    It`s simply not possible to operate a successfull
    PL team on the cheap and when next season the twenty something thousand fans watching United play against Preston or Palace, with the clubs valuation cut in half, then it will give Mr Ashley something to dwell on.
    There is a slim chance of survival and if we do lets hope the lesson is learned and we start to .
    rebuild this club.
    If Mike Ashley wants to be accepted by the fans he should have first and foremost a clearout of the people who are responsible for the present fiasco, just about all those in management and at least half the present team.
    Hire a football savvy director of football and for gods sake a younger manager like Everton did, my recomendation would be Steve Clark, but what do I know.

  • Mag 48

    Mar 22, 2009 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #39

    Who would we attract to the managers job.
    We are about to be relegated.Has to work under D Wise Have no say in transfers in or out.Must sign a secrecy clause.Oh yes and be a yes man that tells porkies I do suppose there are those out there desprit enough but we already have a few of them doing the job (really badly).

  • Marty-Toon

    Mar 22, 2009 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #40

    CHUCK…….Agree with ya on the set up at nufc and the squad Jk n Chris have received.
    Actually think we have some decent players.

    Just looking at other teams,they have strikers and midfielders chipping in with goals on a regular basis.
    We have very hot n cold players.
    Would have thought Spidey could have chipped in with goals this season.Not even 1
    Andy Carroll and Loven will at least give what they have and try hit the target.


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