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!!