The game yesterday among the teams fighting at the bottom of the league, did not go too kindly for Newcastle.
Here are the results of those teams near the bottom of the league, and one thing we have noticed is that the number of teams in the relegation zone are starting to dwindle, which is not good.
Middlesbrough 0 Fulham 0
Portsmouth 1 Bolton 0
Stoke City 1 Blackburn 0
Sunderland 1 Hull 0
Of those results only the Stoke win was really what Newcastle would have wanted, before the start of the games yesterday.
Middlesbrough got a point and moved ahead of Newcastle, and while that was a good point against a much improved Fulham side this season, they really needed a win, but that’s 4 points from the last two home games for Middlesbrough, so they are starting to pick things up a bit, unlike Newcastle. We still have to play both Fulham and Middlesbrough at home this season.
Portsmouth are now 7 points ahead of Newcastle with the same number of games played, after their excellent 1-0 win at home to Bolton Wanderers. Bolton have the same number of points as Newcastle, and of course we play Portsmouth at home a week tomorrow, and we’ll be in big trouble if we cannot win that game, whatever happens this afternoon.
The Stoke City win was the only game that went our way yesterday, and we saw this game on TV and Stoke are a very solid side at home with good support, and deserved the win. They had to be patient for the goal, and it was thanks to former Suinderland player Liam Lawrence, who scored after 75 minutes to send Stoke up to 39 points. Who would have thought Stoke would have done so well, and they have 13 points from their last 6 games, and a terrific piece of management from Tony Pulis.
If Newcastle can 13 points from our last 6 games we’ll be on 43 points, the same as last year, and hopefully safe.
And Sunderland finally got a win and it was a massive 3 points at home for the Black Cats against Hull City. That takes Sunderland to 35 points, 5 points clear of Newcastle, but Hull City are stuck on 34 points, and if Newcastle can start getting wins, we can overhaul Hull, who have looked terrible in the league this year.
So where does this leave Newcastle? We are now second bottom before today’s game at Spurs and even if we win, we’ll be 3rd bottom and still a point behind Blackburn Rovers on 33 points. Anything else right now will not be good enough, quite honestly.
These results were not kind to us yesterday, and we just have to hope we can win today at White Hart Lane. However, to say today is a must win-game is now irrelevant, because we are 4 points from safety and need to try to win every single one of our six remaining games.
If we cannot improve on our one win in our last total 16 games, we’ll be relegated for sure – and deserve to be.