Newcastle Survival Just One Third Complete


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.

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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.

Comments very welcome.


66 comments so far

  • chuck

    May 13, 2009 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #1

    There was a time when games against both of these clubs would be gimmes, when Sir Bobby was running things.
    How far have we deteriorated as a club when we cant expect to beat Fulham or Villa.
    Aaaaaagh !

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  • Toon Graeme

    May 13, 2009 at 8:33 PM

    Comment #2

    1 – 0 Wigan – cant beleive I am saying this but come on Wigan.

    If they win then it will go down to last game against Hull! Good for us!

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  • 51times

    May 13, 2009 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #3

    Doubt Wigan can keep this lead for the rest of the game. Of course it would be perfect for us if they did but Man Utd are just too good I think.

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  • Toon Graeme

    May 13, 2009 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #4

    Oooh my post didnt appear??? 🙁

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  • Toon Graeme

    May 13, 2009 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #5

    Oh there it is.. 🙂

    51 times – Im forced to agree.

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  • Toon Graeme

    May 13, 2009 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #6

    Oooh there it is 🙂

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  • Shot Bru

    May 13, 2009 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #7

    If we stay up, players i’d like us to maybe take a look at to address the shortcomings in our squad.

    Camilo Zuniga RB
    Wendel LB/LWB
    Mamadou Sakho CB
    Joe Ledley CM
    Fabian Delph CM
    Jordi Gomez CM
    Mesut Ozil AM
    Simon Cox ST
    Guillame Hoarau ST

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  • Hopefully Ferguson has lost his hair dryer or whatever he attacks them with in the dressing room. CMON WIGAN!

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  • 51times

    May 13, 2009 at 8:57 PM

    Comment #9

    Shot Bru – I’ve seen Mesut Ozil when Bremen have been on Setanta, he looks the part but would WB really sell him?

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  • If they would sell him i think he would be out of our budget. He might not be interested in playing in the Championship. We need to stay up first.

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  • Shot Bru

    May 13, 2009 at 9:16 PM

    Comment #11

    51 times it’s gotta be worth a cheeky bid, he would go some way to address our lack of creativity and drive in midfield. By the way you gotta be worried that the Gers are gonna throw it away tonight.

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  • Dragonera

    May 13, 2009 at 9:18 PM

    Comment #12

    Interesting game between Man U and Wigan. Really is a bit of a toss up between the two sides at the minute.

    Off topic, it will be interesting to see which top club Trochowski ends up at.

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  • Toon Graeme

    May 13, 2009 at 9:20 PM

    Comment #13

    Wigan have show more battle than they did in last few games – Blackburn they were rubbish.

    Im clinging onto hope that they can beat manure!

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  • City will probably be in there somewhere Dragonera.

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  • You arent the only one ToonGraeme! 😀

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  • bowburnmag

    May 13, 2009 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #16

    The kid took his goal well in the end. At point he had no idea where the ball was.

    I’d love to see the Mancs slip up but I can’t see it.

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  • bowburnmag

    May 13, 2009 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #17

    That was some fairly shan grammar from me.

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  • Toon Graeme

    May 13, 2009 at 9:23 PM

    Comment #18

    French connection UK!! 1 – 1

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  • 51times

    May 13, 2009 at 9:23 PM

    Comment #19

    Knew it would happen.

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  • Rodallega looks to have Vidic rattled so i can see them scoring again. They have been great on the break. FFS TEVEZ! 1-1!

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  • Forget i said anything there lol

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  • Dragonera

    May 13, 2009 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #22

    Milan

    Spurs too.

    The ugly mutant has scored for Man U

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  • Toon Graeme

    May 13, 2009 at 9:26 PM

    Comment #23

    Not over yet. Hate to say that knob styles is having a good game.

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  • bowburnmag

    May 13, 2009 at 9:26 PM

    Comment #24

    Tevez reminds me of something out of the film From Dusk ‘Til Dawn.
    He’s not a handsome lad is he?

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  • Who did they take off for Tevez?

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  • bowburnmag

    May 13, 2009 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #26

    Let me put my head above the parapet –

    Steve Coppell to play some part in our managerial structure?

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  • Dragonera

    May 13, 2009 at 9:29 PM

    Comment #27

    Anderson, who was playing awful.

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  • He is normally really good. Rob Styles normally drops a clanger so lets hope its a last minute penalty for Wigan.

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  • Dragonera

    May 13, 2009 at 9:33 PM

    Comment #29

    Milan

    Unfortunately Styles is generally known for dropping clangers in FAVOUR of the top sides, not against them.

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  • 51times

    May 13, 2009 at 9:35 PM

    Comment #30

    I like Tevez, it’ll be nice to see him playing for a different club next season. Can’t stand footballers I like playing for that lot of aerophobics.

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  • Styles hasnt been giving them much today. Fergie will probably have a word about that.

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  • Dragonera

    May 13, 2009 at 9:41 PM

    Comment #32

    Milan

    True. Although i don’t think Ronaldo’s was a penalty. Just very good acting 😀

    So, i take it we are all Gooners this weekend then?

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  • Of course. Bolton, Liverpool and Villa too. I will be like the guy on the adverts who supports everyone! 😀

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  • Rodzilla

    May 13, 2009 at 9:44 PM

    Comment #34

    I’ll be a magpie with trotters

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  • and Pompey on the Monday. Stuff the mackems!

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  • 51times

    May 13, 2009 at 9:48 PM

    Comment #36

    Can’t stand that plastic Geordie arse. If I could pick one player to suffer a career ending injury, it would be Michael Carrick.

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  • damn it! Carrick is meant to be helping his home town team! 🙁

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  • Toon Graeme

    May 13, 2009 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #38

    Balls.

    Still no biggie – we win – were safe!

    Will Wengers boys be able to beat Manure in trafford?????

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  • El Hadji Diouf would be mine 51times. Hate the c&%t.

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  • Toon Graeme

    May 13, 2009 at 9:50 PM

    Comment #40

    Can someone explain to me how Berbatov is worth what £30mil??

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