Most of the results in the Premier League today went Newcastle’s way.
Steve Bruce – at Birmingham today – only 1 point from last 27
Aston Villa’s win against Newcastle last Sunday seems to have given them the confidence to beat a nervous looking West Ham team this afternoon, although they left it late with an injury time winner by Gabriel Agbonlahor.
That was after Robbie Keane had put the home side ahead, but Darren Bent equalized with a nice header in the first half.
But Villa were the better side, and the loss puts West Ham joint bottom with Wolves on 32 points, but Wolves now have a game in hand.
Aston Villa were a full 5 points behind Newcastle before the game last Sunday, but are now in 9th position, one point above Newcastle, who drop to 10th position.
That’s what happens when you keep letting teams below you get all 3 points!
Things do not look too good for West Ham, who are short on confidence, and of course when you are near the bottom in the league, you have no luck, as they found out today.
Wigan had a rare win, and it was at Blackpool, who are looking like they may not survive the drop this season, after having such a good start last year.
It seemed easy for Wigan who were 3-0 up before Blackpool got their only goal after 82 minutes through DJ Campbell.
Blackpool drop into the bottom three for the first time this season, and are 3rd bottom on 33 points, so Newcastle are now 6 points clear of the drop zone with a much superior goal difference.
Everton continued their winning ways with a 2-0 win at home to Blackburn, who are dropping like a lead balloon under new manager Steve Kean, and have just four draws and 5 defeats in their last 9 games – that’s relegation form right there.
Blackburn are now 5th bottom on 35 points and now just 2 points above the drop zone, and the stupid sacking of Sam Allardyce by the new inexperienced Indian owners last December, may still come back to bite them hard this season.
WBA manager Roy Hodgson lost his first game as WBA manager today, his 8th game in charge, , even though his side took the lead against Chelsea at the Hawthorns.
But Chelsea awoke from their slumbers when they went behind, to go 3-1 up at half time, and that was the final score, and WBA remain level on point with Newcastle, but are in 11th position on goal difference.
And last but not least, Birmingham got a crucial win at home, 2-0 today against Sunderland, who have just a single point, the rather lucky draw at the Emirates after they had been completely outplayed, from their last 9 games. Arsene Wenger will be happy about that statistic. 😀
The Black Cats may survive the drop, but Steve Bruce may not keep his job this summer, unless his side halt their alarming slide down the table since Darren bent left in jnauary.
It could be that Sunderland’s loss of their chief striker last January will have a more catastrophic effect than the loss of Andy Carroll to Newcastle.
Sunderland are now in 15th position but still 5 points above the drop zone, and are still only one point behind Newcastle, who now have a game in hand.
This promises to be one of the most exciting relegation struggles in years and years in the Premier League.
But all in all the results today were good for Newcastle, we are pleased to report.