After today’s early results, Newcastle have dropped down to 12th place in the league table.
Sunderland lost again, this time at home to Fulham, who are in form and won the game fairly easily 3-0, and move on to 45 points, 4 points above the Magpies and a goal difference of +7, much better than that of Newcastle.
Sunderland, after beating Wigan 4-2 at home last weekend, continue their dismal form and their goal difference has dropped to -13, but they are still level with Newcastle on 41 points, but two places lower in 14th place.
Sunderland have taken just 4 points from the last 11 games played, since they beat Blackpool 2-1 at Bloomfield Road on February 1st.
Blackburn had one of their biggest wins of the season when they beat Bolton 1-0 at Ewood Park, and go to 38 points and 15th place and give themselves some breathing room for the last 3 games of the season.
Martin Olsson scored the winner after just 19 minutes, and Bolton lost their second game in a row after being walloped 3-0 at Craven Cottage during the week.
Wigan took a good point at home against Everton, who came back to equalize, after former Newcastle winger Charles N’Zogbia scored an excellent opportunist goal for Wigan after 20 minutes. Spaniard Michel Arteta missed a first half penalty for Everton, when Al Habsi made a great save to his left to block the shot.
Leighton Baines got the equalizer for the Toffees when he made no mistake from the penalty spot on 77 minutes, and it was anybody’s game after that.
Blackpool picked up another valuable point at home against an in-form Stoke City side, and for the first time this season there were no goals scored at Bloomfield Road, as the game ended in a 0-0 stalemate.
But it was a good point for the Seasiders. who are still 4th bottom and level with Wigan on 35 points, but with a goal difference just one goal better than that of Wigan – you talk about being close!
And West Brom won again under Roy Hodgson when they beat local rivals Aston Villa 2-1, and that was after they were reduced to 10 men when Paul Scharner was sent off after 61 minutes for two yellow crads. Villa were ahead after just 3 minutes so you cannot deny West Brom the win.
The winner also came when they were down to 10 men, and Youssuf Mulumbu scored after 83 minutes, so West Brom move to 2 points above Newcastle and one place higher in 11th position, and Aston Villa are one place below Newcastle on goal difference.
So there’s still a lot to play for in terms of getting into that top half of the table, and Newcastle really need to get something out of the game at Anfield tomorrow.
Newcastle are now 6 points above the drop zone, but West Ham, Wolves and Birmingham all play tomorrow, but the worst that can happen for Newcastle is a Wolves win and the Magpies would then be 5 points above the drop zone.