Newcastle United did nothing to help themselves this afternoon, but what’s new? Another game saw another defeat – this time 3-0 at Liverpool as The Reds simply cruised through the game in second gear.
Newcastle are now 3 points from safety, with just 9 points to play for, and they could be 6 points from safety if Hull City win tomorrow afternoon at Villa Park.
To say that Newcastle are now in deep trouble is an understatement, and we have to hope that Mike Ashley has ordered in an extra few bottles of his anti-anxiety tablets, because he’ll need them.
Yes, we ‘ll say we can stay up and we only have to beat Middlesbrough and Fulham at home, but as far as we are concerned, our players have let us down far too many times this season, and we expect (make that hope) lots of them will disappear in the summer, and they will not be missed.
Most will be missed from the injury room only.
The demise of Newcastle United this season has been more than dramatic, especially over the last 19 games, where we have but one win at bottom of the league WBA, so we cannot even say we are unlucky.
In fact, another win may not come our way in the Premier league this season.
We have to hope – looking on the bright side – that we will win more games in the Championship – but nothing is certain in football – just ask Leeds United.
And would you believe it, just to ensure we have no chance of staying up, a player who could have saved us, Joey Barton, got himself a straight red card with 13 minutes left, after following a high lunge on Xabi Alonso.
Talk about shooting youself in the foot – make that the head.
Fans will argue Joey should have been given a yellow card but hey woulda coulda choulda – if only we had won 20 more league games this season we would have won the league!
As it turns out Newcastle made a more than decent start to the game this afternoon, and looked good for the first 20 minutes or so, but once Liverpool got their first goal through Yossi Benayoun on 22 minutes, it was always going to be tough for a team that had scored just one goal in the previous 4 games.
And just to rub it in, Liverpool scored a second goal through Dirk Kuyt 6 minutes later, to make it an even more difficult task.
The 3rd goal came near the end after 87 minutes, and after Joey Barton had finished his season at Newcastle, and will probabaly never play again for the club.
For the record it was the Brazilian Lucas who scored the 3rd goal, to put a more fair reflection on the score, but this does nothing to help our goal difference which is now down to -19.
We still have a chance but more displays like this will only prove we deserve to be relegated, and we shouldn’t be complaining too much, with our record over the last 19 games – it’s simply a disgrace – and we use our words carefully.