It was great to see the Newcastle players turn up for the game on Monday night against Middlesbrough and put in a performance the fans will long remember – in short they were fabulous.
Newcastle United fans – simply the best
But after being able to celebrate our first home win in almost 5 months, and only our second win this year – it’s hardly surprising Newcastle fans went daft on Monday night and have been daft and upbeat ever since. That Newcastle Brown Ale tastes really good!
But as the game against Fulham approaches, we have to realize that we are still in trouble as far as relegation goes. If Hull suddenly come to life, like WBA have done in these last 3 games, in which they’ve picked up 6 points, we could still be relegated.
Take this sobering scenario – we lose on Saturday and Hull draw or win at Bolton Wanderers, and suddenly we are again 3rd bottom of the league, with an away game at Aston Villa to come. Lose at Villa and we are relegated.
However, on the bright side, the good thing is that after winning one of the most important Newcastle games in memory on Monday, we now have our fate back in in our own feet, and the lads will be a lot more confident they can score goals, after Monday’s display.
If we can win our last 2 games, we will be in the Premier League next year, and after a season that has been the worst ever for Newcastle fans, that’s hardly asking too much of our players or of our new manager, Alan Shearer.
There’s no doubt Alan wants to win both games, to end the season on a high, and then he can get to work and rebuild the squad from the bottom up. If we can survive this season, the summer promises to be one of the most exciting in the transfer market for Newcastle fans, for many a season, and the fans certainly deserve some exciting action in rebuilding of the squad.
We need a full house at St. James’ Park on Saturday, and if we can win the game, and if Hull happen to lose, we’re essentially safe – on goal difference – and the fans can celebrate then and there. What a finish that would be to the season!
We need the Newcastle players to go into the game on Saturday as if their very lives depended on winning, and it looks like Alan had them playing like that on Monday night.
There’s no doubt Fulham are a good side this season, and so improved from last year at this time, when it looked they would be relegated but then had the cheek to win 4 of their last 5 games to stay up – on goal difference mind you – and Reading FC was relegated.
But they are not as good away from Craven Cottage as they are at home.
Amazingly, manager Roy Hodgson has Fulham currently in 7th place with 50 points, and at Craven Cottage they have amassed 36 of those points, but their away record is W2 D8 L8 GF 10 GA 18. That’s just 14 points from 18 games.
Not too impressive an away record, and we need to test their players in front of 52,000 wild, screaming and only slightly insane Geordies! Fulham are very much a home side, but we can beat the London side on Saturday – we must beat the London side on Saturday.
It’s great to be able to celebrate the wonderful performance of Monday night, because it was a long long time in coming, but right now that’s just one glowing performance in our last 20 games. We were hopeless before Monday night, let’s be honest.
Newcastle need two more top-class performances, starting on Saturday, to be absolutely safe – and move above Sunderland to boot.
If we can do that we are sure that things will almost certainly start to look up at the Newcastle club, with Alan Shearer in charge.
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