If Newcastle had won yesterday against West Brom they would have finished 9th in the Premier League table.
Alan Pardew – done quite well this season
And when a team goes 3-0 up at home in front of a sellout 52,000 crowd, and it’s the last game of the season, what are the odds of not winning the game?
But of course this is Newcastle, and nothing is ever easy, and Newcastle obliged West Brom with some sloppy defending in the last 30 minutes of the season, and just to make it exciting and even more devastating for the fans, they let the equalizing goal in during the very last minute of the season.
That goal cost Newcastle 3 places in the table and the lads now finish in 12th place, which just doesn’t sound as good as 9th.
They also allowed West Brom, Aston Villa and Sunderland to move above them in the league, and with the drop of 3 places that cost the club £2.4M in placement money, and stopped the Newcastle non-playing staff from getting a share of a £500K bonus owner Mike Ashley had promised for the win.
That must be so disappointing for them in these hard economic times.
That means that Sunderland finish above Newcastle and can claim to be the North East’s top side, although they probably will not crow about it too loud.
Newcastle hammered them 5-1 at St. James’ Park and should also have won the game at Sunderland, when the Black Cats equalized in the third minute of added time.
And West Brom, who finished 11 points behind Newcastle in the Championship last season can claim the right to boast about finishing highest of the three promoted sides.
Blackpool of course were relegated yesterday.
So what should have been a massive celebration for the win yesterday at 6:00 pm, turned out to be another frustrating and very disappointing result for the Magpies.
Unfortunately the manner in which our team threw away 2 points, far overshadowed any celebrations for staying in the Premier League this season and doing quite well, and the crowd went home disappointed rather than elated.
Whether you agree with this or not – that’s really what happened yesterday – and the players let themselves down and the crowd down, and also let the non-playing staff down badly.
We should really be celebrating today because it was a very good season for the team, but when they do things like happened yesterday in those last 30 minutes, it’s kind of hard to do that.
As you can see I still haven’t recovered from the disappointment of yesterday – so near yet so far away – but on the positive side – maybe we’ll sign a top class player this week. 😀
Make that tomorrow!