The worst possible thing happened today as Newcastle unbelievably went down to yet another home defeat against Fulham, this time by 1-0, and Hull City got a good 1-1 draw at Bolton.
This means that Newcastle are 3rd bottom again, with Hull one point clear, and now if Newcastle don’t get at least a point in their last game at Aston Villa a week tomorrow, we will be relegated. It also means that Monday’s performance against Middlesbrough was simply a flash in the pan.
Fulham are not a good away side, and would you believe this is only their 3rd away win of the season, their other wins being at Bolton and Manchester City.
This game also marks the 5th time in the 7 games Alan Shearer has been in charge of the team, that we’ve failed to score.
We’ve had only two away wins all season, the last one being eons ago, in fact 13 games ago to be exact. It was on February 7th, three months ago, when we beat WBA 3-2. But it looks like it’s only the sides beneath us that we are good enough to beat.
Our other away win was at Portsmouth so the chances of beating 5th placed Aston Villa next Sunday have to be slim indeed, although not impossible. And we’ll have to hope Hull City cannot beat the Red Devils, whose minds will be on the European Champions League Cup final. A Newcastle draw and a Hull defeat next Sunday would also save us – but if we get no points next Sunday we’re down – plain and simple.
In fact the chances of even getting a draw against Villa are not good, and a defeat at Villa Park next Sunday will see us definitely relegated. It’s hard to find excuses for a team that has amassed just 34 points in 37 games.
Hull’s last game is at home to Manchester United, but since the Red Devils won the title today, Alex Ferguson will field a weakened Manchester United side in the game, as they play the European Champions League Final against Barcelona the following Wednesday.
A win by Hull City next Sunday will doom Newcastle to the Championship next season.
And who has been our best player this season? Sebastien Bassong, right?
So would you believe he got himself sent off after 60 minutes and will now miss the last game of the season – talk about shooting yourself in the foot – this is more like shooting yourself in the head – just to be certain you’re dead.
Once again, rather than taking the advantage when we had it, we’ve thrown it all away again, and the truth is that if we do go down, we’ll surely deserve it, because we’ve had a multitude of chances to save ourselves this season, and we haven’t taken them. Now it’s out of our hands again.
It didn’t help today that Michael Owen cried off with a groin injury he picked up yesterday, and still hasn’t scored a goal for us since last January – so all that talk about how he would save us was just rubbish. And if we do get relegated Michael’s transfer to Newcastle will be the worst deal in Premier League history as every goal he has scored for us (only 30 over four seasons) has cost the club an amazing £1.3M.
Does any Newcastle fan out there think he’s been worth that money? If there is there’s a bridge in Brooklyn, NY we’d like to sell you.
When we talk about doom and gloom at the Toon, it cannot much worse than it is right now, unless of course we don’t catch Hull City in the last game of the season, a week tomorrow. If that happens the burial ceremony will need to take place.
Unfortunately, if we are to be real and down to earth, the likelihood is we will be relegated, so the club will have to move to Plan B – and whether that means Alan Shearer will stay at the club, we have no idea.
If we cannot win our games at home, we don’t deserve to stay up – that’s the simple – if brutal truth.