Newcastle Survival Watch – Results Go Magpies’ Way Again

The two results that mattered today both went Newcastle’s way, as Middlesbrough and WBA were both beaten.


Middlesbrough had their biggest crowd of the season of 33,767 at the Riverside Stadium, to see the likely Champions in action, but once Manchester United went ahead with a goal from Ryan Giggs after 25 minutes, the game was as good as over.

A second goal in the second half from Park Ji-sung, after 51 minutes, wrapped up the victory, but if Scholes had been awake near the end, he could and should have increased the Red Devils lead, but they were good value for their 2-0 win.

Middlesbrough are now still on 31 points, level with Newcastle who have a better goal difference of -16 against Middlesbrough’s -26.

We have to play Middlesbrough a week on Monday evening at St. James’ Park, and a win in that game will probably ensure Middlesbrough take the drop, but of course, a win is no certainty. A draw wouldn’t be much good, since we still have to make up at least 3 points on Hull City.

And at White Hart Lane this afternoon Tottenham won again, this time against bottom of the league WBA 1-0, with a goal after 43 minutes from former Newcastle player Jermaine Jenas – good lad Jermaine. 😀

So the two teams below Newcastle have both lost, and have inferior goal differences to that of Newcastle.  Of course we have a tough game at Anfield tomorrow, while Sunderland, who are still 4 points clear of Newcastle, play an in-form Everton side at the Stadium Of Light.

If Newcastle are to survive we really need to start doing something to help ourselves, and a point tomorrow at Liverpool would be very good.

Hull City are in action on Monday evening against Aston Villa away, and it’s unlikely they will take anything from that game, although anything is possible.

We watched the press conference Alan Shearer had yesterday, and he certainly seems upbeat about things (why – we have no idea), but that pure enthusiasm will hopefully transmit itself to the players and they’ll give a good account of themselves tomorrow.

Alan’s mantra during the press conference was that “anything is possible in life”, and that’s a good thing to go into the game against Liverpool with tomorrow. After the press conference we felt upbeat ourselves, although why, we have no idea.

After the Liverpool game we’ll have to wait another 8 agonizing days for our next game, at home to Middlesbrough, and if we cannot win that one, we’ll probably deserve the drop.

Let’s just hope it’s not another defeat tomorrow.

Here’s the positions at the bottom of the Premier League after today’s games:

Pos  Team              Games   GD   Points

16   Sunderland         34    -15     35
17   Hull City 	        34    -22     34
18   Newcastle United   34    -16     31
19   Middlesbrough      35    -26     31
20   WBA                35    -31     28

Howay The Lads!!

17 comments so far

  • cooldj

    May 2, 2009 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #1

    1st 🙂

  • Zangwill_Ho

    May 2, 2009 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #2

    no hope……….

  • DJG

    May 2, 2009 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #3

    If we keep drawing and Hull keep losing till the end of the season we will stay up..

    11 men behing the ball please.

    We need a win really though against smoggies or Fulham.

    I hope Shearer drops Owen and plays


    5 man midfield. Beye at LB.

  • toonoholic

    May 2, 2009 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #4

    well survival watch wld be seeing how team number 16 and 17 are doing. its good to see 19 and 20 losing, but more important is what 18 is doing to avoid the bloody drop !

  • ArtyH

    May 2, 2009 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #5

    I’d rather see Shearer play in his suit than Owen play in a strip! At least shearer would get a sweat on, unlike Owen, Martins or the Duke!

  • sirjasontoon

    May 2, 2009 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #6

    I would rather have Supermac upfront rather than,Martins,Smith,Duke,Owen etc

  • chuck

    May 2, 2009 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #7

    Yes ! There is still a slim chance of survival, a missed opportunity against Pompey however hurt.
    Having to depend on the failure of those in the bottom few could be nailbiting, but a win against Boro and Fulham combined with a draw against Villa could possibly prevent the drop.
    A pretty tall order with the team we have, but possible.

  • Ben_BKK

    May 2, 2009 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #8

    Toonoholic, the teams above us that we have a realistic chance of catching, Hull and the mackems, didn’t play today. So how was Ed supposed to mention them?

    On another note, wasn’t it just typical that James gifted Arsenal their first goal, to Nicklas Bendtner of all people, and he doesn’t give a single thing away against us…

  • mcvicar

    May 2, 2009 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #9

    i know they say you make your own luck in football but surely were gonna get some good luck soon we havnt even had the odd fluke result were we play crap but nick the game by an own goal are something. i would love it if thats what happend tommorow

  • Tom_Toon

    May 2, 2009 at 11:40 PM

    Comment #10


  • jimiley

    May 2, 2009 at 11:46 PM

    Comment #11

    We can win this one two nil. Come on the Toon!!!! Two goals for Smith or Butt. Gerrard will be anonymous. Liverpool are rubbish.

  • korn8

    May 3, 2009 at 12:34 AM

    Comment #12

    i like that, “anything is possible in life”.. Shearer really like clichés, but maybe that is what we need at this stage 😉

    Howay the lads! 😀

  • Tom_Toon

    May 3, 2009 at 12:48 AM

    Comment #13


  • stk85

    May 3, 2009 at 6:16 AM

    Comment #14

    jimiley….like ur thinking. if only….!!!

    don’t care about performance, gladly accept a draw and torres and gerrard both marked out of the game. thats surely the aim.

    but ’tis a game of confidence afterall.


  • JJJ

    May 3, 2009 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #15

    Tom Toon…

    Sorry, my comp lingo isnt up to scratch, but what does “#” and “//” mean?

  • JJJ

    May 3, 2009 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #16

    If Borough can do it then so can we but Im not confident 🙂

    I’d be over the moon with a draw as long as Hull dont pick up any points.

  • xfer

    May 3, 2009 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #17

    Well said, if we cant beat boro next week, we deserve the drop.


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