Newcastle Survival Stakes – It’s Not Looking Good

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.

Comments welcome.

30 comments so far

  • beyethegreat

    Mar 22, 2009 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #1

    relegation quagmire?

    giggity giggity lol on a serious note

    we arent down yet were only down if we believe were down coz that means the players think were down which means we may just give up

  • Brazilian Geordie

    Mar 22, 2009 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #2

    I don’t know what to say. I’m gutted. And even more worried because it seems Chris Hughton will stay on the hotseat.

    I’m desperate. Keep Hughton against Chelsea and Stoke and I really think we’re going down.

  • Brutooon

    Mar 22, 2009 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #3

    we defeat because of ourself

    we relegate because of ourself…

  • Weezertron

    Mar 22, 2009 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #4

    It’s been a long time coming if we’re honest

  • sirjasontoon

    Mar 22, 2009 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #5

    Been on the cards for 3-4 seasons…law of averages says it was sure to happen at some point….chance to rebuild,get rid of all the gash players,inept mangers and Bozo owner.

  • murvar

    Mar 22, 2009 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #6

    Ashley has made a complete mess of his ownership. The con in bringing KK back with no intention of keeping him, the replacement of Mort with the reclusive, paranoid Lambias, the appointment of a washed-up manager in JFK, the failure to bite the bullettwhen JFK became ill (best wishes for your recovery Joe but please don’t come back) and the unjustified faith in a completely unproven management team in Hughton and Calderwood. Shambolic leaders like this undermine everyone, especially the players and the fans.As a hierarchy they don’t deserve the quality support we gave them yesterday. It’s over – we’re down.

  • sirjasontoon

    Mar 22, 2009 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #7

    Murvar (best wishes for your recovery Joe but please don’t come back)

    Made me laugh mate 🙂

  • stumpofthetoon

    Mar 22, 2009 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #8

    we deserve o go down we are shite fact hopefully get rid of ashley for someone with som football know how

  • sirjasontoon

    Mar 22, 2009 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #9


  • Girth

    Mar 22, 2009 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #10

    heres a question which has just had me thinking:
    Do you think we would be in the position we are in now if big sam was still in charge?

  • Steve R

    Mar 22, 2009 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #11

    Chelsea(H); Stoke (A); Tottenham (A); Portsmouth (H); Liverpool (A); Middlesbrough (H); Fulham (H); Villa (A)

    Well we have to get atleast the following results in the above consecutive order to survive:
    DWDWLWD- thats 11 points from 8 games which would take us to 40 points. All we can do is pray.

    What’s the news on Bassong’s injury?

  • beyethegreat

    Mar 22, 2009 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #12


    no but the football would be s###

  • Steve R

    Mar 22, 2009 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #13

    Sorry DWDWLWWD- if we could get 15 points that would defintely be enough, but is it possible? I am hoping we get to atleast 40 points.

  • Girth

    Mar 22, 2009 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #14

    pretty much exactly what i thought!

  • sirjasontoon

    Mar 22, 2009 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #15

    sam’s football was poop.

    The football has been toss for craft or creativity.

  • beyethegreat

    Mar 22, 2009 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #16


    i agreethe thing that realy gets me about playin bad football is it destroys the culture of the club

  • sirjasontoon

    Mar 22, 2009 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #17

    I would take a punt on Ketsbia next season in the championship…get rid of the so called stars and get some players in that can work as a team…can’t see us coming up straight i am preparing for life in the football wilderness for a few season..dust ourselves off and start to move in the right direction again…without Mike Ashley.

  • sirjasontoon

    Mar 22, 2009 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #18

    Just call me jason Beye 🙂 the name was generated by 606 years ago and it just stuck.

    We always used to entertain,god I miss them days so badly.

  • sirjasontoon

    Mar 22, 2009 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #19

    The football showed flashes of craft under keegan but it has mostly been drivel.

  • sirjasontoon

    Mar 22, 2009 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #20

    Ed in your heart of hearts do you think we will survive?

    I dont 🙁

  • beyethegreat

    Mar 22, 2009 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #21


    does ketsbaia play good football

  • bowburnmag

    Mar 22, 2009 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #22

    I might not get the chance over the next few days but I’d love to hear the views of Stardust (or any other ‘fan’ of Collocini or dissenter of Steven Taylor) on Coloccini and Steven Taylor having seen the last few games. The argument looks particularly threadbare at the minute. Not to pick a fight but the evidence is there to suggest we have been stitched chucking 10m their way for the Argie. I can’t see how anyone could argue. Apparently, Colo needs a good partner alongside him. What centre half doesn’t? But we paid 10m for an international who needs his hand held indefinitely? He’s culpable for most of the defensive errors we’ve been making in recent games and you can almost guarantee he’ll be away like a shot if we go down.

  • Ericles

    Mar 22, 2009 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #23

    What sort of clowns are picking the side that played yesterday? Where was Jonas and why did Beye not start? Owen was nowhere when he came on and Butt should have stayed at home. The same mistakes will be made against Chelsea by our Coca Cola quality coaches. I saw the desperation on Steve Taylor’s face quite often yesterday as well as on Harper’s. Dump the forgettables and put a passionate team out against Chelsea – or else!!!!! Get some pace in to support Oba and we will just manage to stay up. Owen is not our saviour. Nor will Butt or Smith be either. Yesterday’s fiasco was down to Hughton and Calderwood relying on has beens and faded “names”.

  • Toon Graeme

    Mar 22, 2009 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #24

    Afternoon lads.

    Mixed bag of views on here today – mostly singing the same hymm sheet that CH and CC are leading us down to the fizzy pop league.

    I have had the chance to digest yesterday and I tell you what – relegation is all I can think about and its driving me f’ing mad –

    Especially when Im watching Wigan vs Hull. A bloody empty stadium and a team (wigan) who are no where near as big a club as NUFC.

    Look at ours a near full ( from what I could see) stadium and bottom three – thats what peeees me off to the point of wanting to get right up in Ashley and LLambias face and smack some bloody realism into them. 46 points was it that Llambias thought we woudl get – F**k off!

    When Bassong went off I knew Tayls would drop and beye come on on right back. Then Tayls off and Colo went to shite. £10 million eh.

    Did you see MA face at final whistle – is he stupid or what. Well who has been advising this prat on how to run a football club – no way is any quack gonna sign Kinnear off to be fit to work.

    The realism of championship football makes me feel physically sick.

    As I say Im watching Wigan vs Hull and its a bloody empty stadium and they are top 10 and look at us.

    Makes the songs yesterday –

    Youre going down with the baggies

    Premiership – your having a laugh


    Hello Hello we are the geordie boys
    Were gonna win f**k all again, were gonna win f**k all – BUT WE STILL FOLLOW UNITED!

    One peeeeed of toon fan here.

    Please tell me Im not alone.

  • Bill F

    Mar 22, 2009 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #25

    I think we played well in the first half and but for the finishing should have gone into half time one or two goals to the good. You cannot blame the defence for that. even after we lost Bassong we were the better team. But once Taylor was gone as well the defensive co-ordination was gone. You cannot blame the management for bad luck, and thats what we had. After they went ahead with the second goal, yes there was some desperation substitutions but they would have been panned for not trying to do something. I think yesterdays result was Lady luck spitting in our face yet again rather than initial team selection or lack of effort by the team. If she relents and gives us some deserved breaks we could still survive. Ardua par Astra.

  • Stuart79

    Mar 22, 2009 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #26

    Were up sh1t creek with a boat never mind a paddle

  • Amirshearer

    Mar 22, 2009 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #27

    Well, the squad is full of has-beens and never-beens. And don’t let me get started on the management team.

    Well, like they said, when ur really down on luck, lady luck loves to rub it in and shine her shiny arse at ya.

    Only a miracle can save us now. It ain’t over yet till it’s mathematically impossible. Keep the faith fellas. Believe in miracles. =D

  • jim

    Mar 22, 2009 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #28

    whatever happened eh? all u keegan doubters mite be made to eat ya words if we go down-

    tut tut tut ……….

  • heavyhittas

    Mar 22, 2009 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #29

    I for one have slated Taylor but yesterday he was a tower of strength but thats only one game. If he played like that for much of the season I wouldnt make any negative comments about him. At the moment Colocinni is THE liability at the club. Lets see how many players leave in Summer. Whether we stay up or go down the club will go nowhere under the present regime and with the current set of players.

  • chuck

    Mar 22, 2009 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #30

    War gannin doon wi the Baggies , doon wi the Baaaaaggies, war gannin doon wi the Baggies.
    Should be some good games against Leeds ,Forest and Palace next season, that and an availability of cheap seats in a half empty stadium, yeah cant wait !


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