Newcastle Survival Stakes- We Need Win Today

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.

Comments welcome.

8 comments so far

  • Hugh Jorgan

    Apr 19, 2009 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #1
  • ian

    Apr 19, 2009 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #2

    I aree, while I realise mathematically we could still stay up, I reckon if we lose today we are down, I think the Stoke game was a must win never mind this one.

    Cisse does it everytime for his teams, whenever there is a pressure situation he is coolest most composed and scores, why we didnt take him to play alongside Martins I will never know.

    Let us hope that Owen wakes himself up today and shows his metal, we know Martins will give it his all, but Martins cannot do this alone.

    I hope we use our subs well, Martins and Carroll to start, Owen on at half time to either add to the strikers or swap for Carroll, I think Owen will be wasted if he is on from the start, the second half is more his pace.

    It would be good to also see Butt on in the second half, but we probably dont have enough choice to do that.

    We have to go all out for a win.

  • Steve R

    Apr 19, 2009 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #3

    Plain and simple; if we don’t win today it pretty much over. We prob need 10 points to get to safety because i don’t see HULL doing any better than that. The only problem is that Middlesbrough are stringing together decent results.

  • tomlkier

    Apr 19, 2009 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #4

    We don’t need to worry about Boro at all really, it’s between us and Hull now:

    Middlesbrough (+1)

    L Arsenal
    L Man Utd
    L Newcastle
    L Aston Villa
    L West Ham

    Hull (+4)

    L Liverpool
    L Aston Villa
    D Stoke
    D Bolton
    L Man Utd


    D Tottenham
    D Portsmouth
    L Liverpool
    W Middlesbrough
    D Fulham
    L Aston Villa

    3 points today would be great, but it’s not essential, i’ll be dissapointed if we don’t get anything today though. But even then there is still time to pull it back

  • spiderpig

    Apr 19, 2009 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #5

    need to win our home games.and maybe one away draw
    if we cant beat fulham,pompey and boro at home we deserve to go down

  • Girth

    Apr 19, 2009 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #6

    i disagree, going by the fixtures, i believe yje smoggies and hull are main contenders to go down with ourselves, and they both lost.
    so really things havnt changed, a point today and a win at home, 5 point from three games, things will look alot better!

  • batty

    Apr 19, 2009 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #7

    Girth agree m8

  • ian

    Apr 19, 2009 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #8

    everyone seems to put to much faith in us winning our home games.

    We should beat the lower league teams everytime no matter where they are and no matter what their past statistics have been, Stoke Tottenham and Middlesbrough should be wins, the rest are the problem, we already failed at Stoke.

    I want to see three of our boys in or near the box everytime any player gets up near their goal, I am sick to death of only seeing Martins on his own anwhere near the oppositions goal, unless it is a corner or free kick, where are the coaches looking???

    Players should be in their correct positions, even Sunderland had players in and near the box with Cisse’s runs so there are no excuses here, they couldnt do anything with it when he passed it to them, over the bar, tripping over their own feet, wide allsorts, but they were there, ours are nowhere to be seen.


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