We have been hoping for a turn-around at Newcastle since we beat Spurs at home on December 21st, when Duff scored in the last minute. But since then we’ve gone 17 games with just one win, and today we suffered yet another defeat – without too much resistance – this time to Spurs at White Hart Lane.
To say we’re disappointed and saddened by today’s performance in London is just a massive under-statement, and it’s going to take us some time for us to realize, we’re probably not good enough now to survive this season.
But, hey, of course there’s always hope – which we have all kept alive for 40 blooming years, since we last won something, back in 1969.
One of the many frustrating things about this is we are not seeing any spirit at all from the players, and over the last three months, if they had shown just half the spirit that Stoke City players have shown, who are on way less than half their wages, then we wouldn’t be where we are.
We don’t mind the lads getting beat – if they show some spirit and fight, but when they don’t – and that’s completely unacceptable.
We’ll try to keep the party-line going, that it’s still possible to stay up, but after this showing today, we don’t believe it, and not only that, but we deserve to be relegated. Any team that can win once in 17 games deserves to go down, it’s as easy as that. Let’s hope we can win a few game sin the Championship next season.
If any Newcastle fans don’t want to hear that – hard cheese – because it’s the truth – and you know it – we are a team that deserves to go down – based on our performances this season.
How a squad who are the 3rd or 4th highest paid squad in the Premier League can be second-bottom of the league with 30 points and only 5 games to go – one of which we’ll lose big at Liverpool, is beyond us.
There have been a lot of mistakes made at the club this season, but the first and most important one, was to let Kevin Keegan go and at the same time support that 5’6″ cockney Dennis Wise, who doesn’t know one thing about Newcastle United, other than they pay good wages.
But even after that comedy of errors, we still think it’s the players who are principally responsible for the nightmare scenario we will reach completion on, when the last day of the season, May 24th, rolls around – relegation from the Premier league will be ours, for the first time ever form the Premier league.
The 17 th richest club in the world will be relegated – what an utter disgrace to a once very proud club.
Yes, no doubt Alan will come out and say it’s still possible to survive, and mathematically of course he is right, but since Joe Kinnear had his heart problems on February 7th, and not counting the WBA win, we have 3 draws in our last 8 games – which is diabolical and absolutely pathetic – we hope we are making our point clear.
If the players don’t feel ashamed of themselves – they should do.
And now we are in all likelihood going down, we will look to get Coloccini, Enrique, Geremi, Barton, Duff, Gutierrez Viduka, Owen, Martins, Smith and Xisco to move out in the summer. Who of those will we really miss? Not too many, that’s for sure, and yet we pay close to £30M a year in wages to that lot. We’ll not miss a single one of those players and Shearer, if he stays on, can start from scratch with a new squad.
And what has Ignacio Gonzalez from Uruguay done for us this season – warmed the injury room every day and that’s about it – what a complete waste of money for the club.
We had wanted to say before now, that we were losing hope before this game, but decided to hang on a little. But what we’ve seen in the last several games from the players, is that they just haven’t got the spirit that’s needed to get results when it really matters, and when the chips are down, like right now.
Today’s performance for us, was the last straw, and we have taken just 3 points from our last 8 league games, we should be able to get that number of points from 90 minutes and one game, for heaven’s sake.
No guts, no spirit, no goals and no points, just about sums up the game today.
Before we end this piece- which is about as positive as Newcastle were today – about the actual game today – we conceded a goal after just 23 minutes and Darren Bent scored the only goal Spurs had to score to get all 3 points.
But up to that point the defense had looked wide open, with just three at the back, and Harper could and probably should have done better, when he could only block the initial shot, although it was a good stop. But once the goal went in, we questioned whether the lads had the spirit to mount a fight-back – they hadn’t and didn’t.
But there again our players have never shown any guts or glory up to this point of the season – so why start now?
My dear father will be turning in his grave at the performances of our lot this afternoon.
So sad – to see good clubs go bad.