With the draw yesterday, Newcastle actually are now just 2 points from safety in 3rd bottom place, after starting the game 3 points from safety.
But if the lads are going to get clear of the relegation zone before our last game of the season at Aston Villa, wins are what the team needs.
We wanted a win yesterday, but because we were a but lucky not to lose, we were satisfied with a draw, but that tells you how desperate we have become.
Here were the results of the teams in trouble yesterday, apart from Newcastle
Liverpool 4 Blackburn 0
Sunderland 1 Manchester United 2
Chelsea 4 Bolton 3
Middlesbrough 3 Hull City 1
Portsmouth 2 WBA 2
The day started well with Liverpool and Fernando Torres taking Blackburn apart 4-0, and it could have even been more, and that’s good for Newcastle bacause it worsens the Blackburn goal difference. But Blackburn are still 4 points ahead of us, and we will not catch them with draws, that’s for sure.
However, we still have to go to Liverpool unfortunately, and we must try to get a decent result there, and try to keep the score down. Of course by the time we go there we may have some confidence, and even try to pull of a shock win, and it seems something like that will be necessary if we cannot start winning games soon.
Sunderland did us another favor yesterday by eventually losing to Manchester United 2-1, when it looked they may be able to salvage a point, but it was that man Federico Macheda once again, who got the winner for the Red Devils after 76 minutes. Sunderland are now just 2 points ahead of us with a slightly better goal difference, which is why we need some wins.
And we watched the amazing game at Stamford Bridge where Chelsea looked great with a 4-0 lead after 63 minutes, but then Bolton scored 3 goals in 8 minutes and it was a huge scare for the Pensioners. Certainly Petr Cech looked hesitant at times, and was responsible for at least one of the Bolton goals, but it just shows that anything is possible in these games at this time of the season.
Bolton are 7 points ahead of us so they will take some catching now.
And the really siginificant result of the day was Middlesbrough’s first win in quite a while as they beat Hull City 3-1 at the Riverside. Their last goal was scored in the 90th minute so it was touch and go, but it shows that Hull City may still be in danger being just 4 points ahead of Newcastle, but with a much worse goal difference.
Middlesbrough are now level on points with us, with a worse goal difference.
And Portsmouth missed a good chance of all 3 points when they could only draw with WBA at Fratton Park, and in fact they had to come back from being 2-1 down, but they too are still 4 points ahead of Newcastle.
We know Shearer knows only too well we need wins, and we’ll go into each of the remaining games with some plan and appropriate team to try to win the game.
But we’ve done this in the past and then when we get behind we somehow get the draw and are then satisfied with the result – but that’s what relegation teams do, so we must get a win soon, and we’ll have to go all out at White Hart Lane on Sunday, and hope our overpaid stars start earning their wages.
If we can win our 3 remaining home games then we will probably survive, but anything less than that, and it will be perilously close.