Yesterday was not a good say for Newcastle in the survival stakes as Newcastle and Middlesbrough were the only two teams in the relegation quagmire not to pick up points.
Here are the results of the games that involved relegation teams, other than Newcastle:
Portsmouth 2 Everton 1
Stoke 1 Middlebrough 0
Tottenham 1 Chelsea 0
WBA 1 Bolton 1
Blackburn 1 West Ham 1
Portsmouth had an excellent win yesterday, and came from behind at Fratton Park with two good goals from 6’7″ striker Peter crouch, who looked exhilarated, to say the least, at the end of the game.
The Portsmouth crowd are very patient and supported their team really well yesterday, and Portsmouth just about deserved their win, and looked a more than decent team. But this was a blow to Everton’s chances of catching Villa or Arsenal for 4th place. Portsmouth ar now on 32 points, a full 3 points above Newcastle with a slightly worse goal difference.
Stoke got a late goal on 84 minutes from Ryan Shawcross, to get the Potters a vital 3 points and inflict yet another defeat on the hapless Middlesbrough side.
Given Middlebrough’s poor backing by home supporters, you have to think they may be a side for the drop. They are just 2 points behind Newcastle in the league with a worse goal difference, and we still have to play them at home this season. Stoke moved up and are now 3 points clear of Newcastle with an inferior goal difference, and we meet Stoke in 3 weeks time at the Britannia Stadium.
Tottenham are almost out of relegation worries now with a fine 1-0 home win over Chelsea, and a good goal from Luka Modric. Chelsea however, missed an excellent chance to gain another 3 points on the Red Devils, who were surprisingly beaten 2-0 at Craven Cottage. So they have been beaten twice since winning 2-1 at Newcastle almost 2 weeks ago.
We still have to play Tottenham at White Hart Lane this season.
Liverpool now have a chance today to get within a point of Manchester United, if they can beat Aston Villa at home. We wonder if James Milner is happy he joined Villa in August?
WBA and Bolton shared the points at the Hawthorns, with Gary Megson visiting his former club, and getting in front with a goal from Matthew Taylor after 67 minutes, but then with just 8 minutes remaining WBA got the equalizer through an own goal from defender Danny Shittu.
WBA remain bottom on 24 points, 5 points behind Newcastle, with a terrible goal difference, and Bolton are now 5 points clear of Newcastle. At least we did the double over WBA this season.
And Sam Allardyce’s Blackburn ground out a draw against West Ham 1-1 at home, but had to come back from behind to get a goal after 51 minutes through Keith Andrews, after West Ham had gone in front in the first half, through Mark Noble on 35 minutes.
Blackburn are now 2 points above Newcastle with a slightly worse goal difference.
Wigan host Hull City, and Manchester City host Sunderland, in other relegation related games this afternoon. We have to hope for Wigan and City wins.