Even though the display was a a disappointing one today from Newcastle at Bloomfield Road, when they could only draw 1-1 at 4th bottom Blackpool, nearly all the rest of the Premier League results today went Newcastle’s way.
Only one team beneath Newcastle in the league gained any points on Newcastle this afternoon, and that was Sunderland, who had their first win in 10 games, when they beat 3rd bottom Wigan 4-2 at the Stadium of Light.
Sunderland are now level on points(41) with Newcastle, but have a much worse goal difference, but now both Newcastle and Sunderland seem to be safe from relegation.
As I told my friend Peter a couple of weeks ago, who was born and bred in Sunderland, it’s very important for Sunderland to stay in the Premier League, so Newcastle can hammer them twice each season. 😀
There were 4 wins and 4 draws today in England’s top league, and three of the wins were by teams above Newcastle in the league.
Liverpool hammered a woeful looking Birmingham side 5-0, Manchester United got a late goal to beat Everton 1-0 at Old Trafford, and Chelsea were just too good for West Ham, whom they beat 3-0, and Fernando Torres got his first goal for Chelsea, and he looked so relived and delighted – that was good to see.
Aston Villa drew 1-1 with Stoke, who wasted time from the very first minute of the game – what a way to play the game, and both sides stay below Newcastle in the league. Stoke were clocked to take 30 seconds on average for each set play – goal kicks, corners, throw-ins from Rory Delap and free kicks.
And Wolves could only draw 1-1 with Fulham, after they had gone ahead after 22 minutes with a goal from Steven Fletcher.
West Brom got a creditable 2-2 draw at White Hart Lane, but Spurs should be winning these games if they are going to qualify for the Champions League again this season, which now looks a little unlikely.
Newcastle are in 9th place on 41 points, but are only above both Aston Villa and Sunderland on goal difference, and it looks like Newcastle will need to start winning a few games if they are to finish in the top 10 this season.
So given the other results today the draw at Blackpool doesn’t look too bad now, but it was still a poor performance from the lads this afternoon.
Tiredness following the Red Devils game, was what Alan Pardew used as an excuse after the game for the very poor performance, in a game Blackpool should really have won on merit.
And it’s looking like the three Ws – West Ham, Wolves and Wigan could all go down, as they are the bottom three teams after today’s games, and there are only four games remaining, although Wolves do have a game in hand.