The results in the Premier League went Newcastle’s way this afternoon.
The three Ws, Wolves, West Ham and Wigan, who are some pundits’ favorites to be relegated, all lost today and all stay in the bottom three with Wigan rock bottom on 31 points and West Ham and Wolves on 32 points.
Wolves looked hopeless today at home to Everton, and were 3-0 down at the interval, and although they tried their hardest in the second half, it may be they just don’t have the class to survive this season, but they’ve certainly got the spirit – to their credit.
West Ham lost 3-0 at Bolton and were 2-0 down after just 20 minutes, and they now have their work cut out to stay up. It’s okay playing in the Olympic Stadium, but we’re sure they thought the would be playing there, while still in the Premier League.
Wigan gave Chelsea a good game at Stamford Bridge today, with Chelsea not looking all that good, but the London side managed to get a goal from Florent Malouda after 67 minutes, and that was enough to get all 3 points.
That takes Chelsea to 58 points, just one point behind Arsenal who have a game in hand.
But Manchester United kept up their excellent recent form with a good 2-0 win at home to Fulham, and now have 69 points, and are 10 points clear of Arsenal who have two games in hand.
It’s looking like another Premier League title for the Red Devils, and this would be their 12th title in the 19 seasons of the Premier League and it’s looking a lot like things in Scotland, where only two teams dominate every season.
And Sunderland lost their fourth game in a row at the Stadium of Light this afternoon, and their 7th defeat in their last eight games. The draw was when they were outplayed at Arsenal but came away with a good 0-0 draw.
One good thing for Sunderland today is that they scored their first goal in seven and a half hours of play, but it was a Nickey Shorey own goal.
But to be fair, Phil Bardsley did score before half time with a terrific free kick, to put Sunderland 2-1 up, his first goal at home for Sunderland, but they couldn’t hold the lead in the second half and gave up two goals.
Roy Hodgson may not have been too successful at Liverpool, but he’s doing just great at WBA, and has three wins and four draws since he took over in early February.
13 points from 7 games is not too bad at all for a side battling relegation, and WBA are now level with Newcastle on 39 points, but Newcastle have the game in hand tomorrow at Villa Park, so we should be 3 points ahead of WBA by tomorrow night. 😀
And struggling Blackburn and Birmingham fought to a 1-1 draw, which both teams would probably be quite happy with.
It could be that if Newcastle can get just a point tomorrow, that may well be enough for safety, but a win tomorrow would put the icing on the cake, and would now ensure Newcastle stay up this season.
And it would be fantastic, with the emphasis on fan, if Newcastle can bury the terrible memories of two years ago, with a good win for the always faithful Toon Army.
Howay The Lads!!