With Chelsea being beaten 2-1 tonight at Manchester City, and Liverpool throwing away a two goal lead to go down 3-2 at Loftus Road, the results tonight went Newcastle’s way, but there was late drama in both games.
If Chelsea lose at home to Tottenham on Saturday afternoon and Newcastle win at the The Hawthorns the following day, then Newcastle will be in 5th place in the league table on Sunday night, one point clear of Chelsea.
Chelsea looked good tonight and played well, and when Gary Cahill put them ahead in the 59th minute with a rather fortunate deflected goal – it looked good for Chelsea, and until that goal City simply had not looked creative enough.
Chelsea had been the better side, but when Carloz Tevez came on after 66 minutes for his first game since last September, things turned in City’s favor with the Argentine’s added creativity.
Sergio Aguero scored from the penalty spot on 74 minutes for his 17th league goal of the season.
And then a wonderfully worked goal between Tevez and Samir Nasri just five minutes from the end, was enough for Manchester City to take all 3 points.
So QPR scored three unanswered goals in the last 13 minutes and Man City scored two unanswered goals in the last 12 minute to win their games, and both results were great for the Magpies.
City are now on 69 points and just one point behind Manchester United, but 14 points above 3rd placed Arsenal, who won 1-0 at Everton.
Liverpool were cruising 2-0 up at Loftus Road, with goals from Sebastian Coates after 53 minutes and Dirk Kuyt after 72 minutes, and it seemed that Liverpool were in an easy winning position.
But QPR had replaced an out of form Joey Barton with Jamie Mackie on the right wing, and would you believe it, the London side came storming back with three goals in the last 13 minutes of the game.
And that allowed QPR to get their first win in six league games, and climbed out of the bottom three.
On 77 minutes Shawn Derry headed in nicely from a corner, and then Djibril Cissé got the equalizer with four minutes to go, but then Mackie got the dramatic winner in stoppage time, and QPR fans went wild.
What a finish by QPR when all looked lost, and there have to be question marks about that Liverpool defense – Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse please take note – for our home game with the Reds on April 1st.
And Tottenham almost lost their 4th league game in a row at home to Stoke, but Rafael Van der Vaart scored the equalizer deep into stoppage time to get a draw 1-1 against a good Stoke side, after Cameron Jerome had put Stoke ahead on 75 minutes.
And Tottenham are now one point behind Arsenal in 4th place after collecting just one point from their last four league games, since hammering Newcastle 5-0 at White Hart Lane – that will teach them! .
So if Tottenham can beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, and Newcastle can get all 3 points at The Hawthorns on Sunday afternoon, amazingly enough, Newcastle will be in 5th position in the league table.
The results tonight should give Alan Pardew and the Newcastle players some real incentive to be at their very best on Sunday afternoon, and if we can play near our best form the lads could get the win.
Howay The Lads!!