Liverpool were beaten for the second time running by a team in the bottom three of the Premier League, this afternoon at Anfield.
Gary Caldwell scores winner at Anfield this afternoon
The Reds seemed to be coasting at QPR during the week, and they were 2-0 up with just 13 minutes to play, but they managed to leak three goals to QPR and lost that game 3-2.
And today Wigan had a rare win as they defeated Liverpool 2-1, and now have 4 points from their last three games, and it was a goal by the Wigan captain and former Newcastle Junior, Gary Caldwell, that won the game for Wigan.
Alan Pardew was seen at the game, and Newcastle have to play Liverpool at home a week tomorrow, and Wigan away on April 28th. It was the first win ever for Wigan at Anfield.
In the early game, Chelsea were held to a 1-1 draw by Tottenham, and Spurs seemed to have the better chances in that game, but it now means that if Newcastle can beat West Brom tomorrow, we will go to 50 points and level with Chelsea, but we have a much inferior goal difference.
Of the top teams today, only Arsenal kept on their winning ways with a 3-0 win against the hapless Aston Villa, and Shay Given was at fault for the first goal, a rare mistake by the former Newcastle goalkeeper.
But Arsene Wenger has re-energized his London side, and they now have 7 wins on the trot with only Newcastle almost ending that winning streak, and it looks like Arsene’s record of never finishing out of the top four will continue this season.
Arsenal are now 3 points ahead of their north London rivals Tottenham in 3rd place on 58 points, and Spurs have taken only 2 points from the last 15.
And Manchester City came back from a goal down to draw 1-1 with Stoke, but that will look like 2 points dropped, and it was a fantastic strike by Peter Crouch that put the Potters ahead in the second half.
Peter hit the ball on the volley from out side the penalty box, for one of the best goals he’s ever scored, and a probable candidate for goal of the season.
And if Newcastle win tomorrow they will be only 5 points behind Tottenham, and maybe, just maybe, with a good run-in to the season Newcastle could even catch the north London side, but it’s highly unlikely (but possible).
And why was Alex McLeish ever appointed as Villa manager after he took Birmiongham City down last year?
Villa are now 15th in the league table, and they are a far cry from the team that Martin O’Neill built, that finished in the top six three seasons in a row.
And talking of O’ Neil, QPR couldn’t get their second win on the trot as they were beaten 3-1 at Sunderland, and Martin O’Neill’s side were helped when Djibril Cisse got himself sent off for a two-footed tackle on Fraizer Campbell, and was shown a straight red card by referee Mike Jones.
It was the second time that he has been sent off while at QPR, and will now serve a four match ban, which will hardly help his side, and Joey Barton was on the bench today, after a poor performance against Liverpool during the week.
Bolton returned to action after the tragic events concerning Fabrice Muamba last Saturday, and they won 2-1 against Blackburn, with two first half goals coming form former Middlesbrough center-back David Wheater and they moved out of the bottom three with the win.
I certainly am glad Bolton won the game today, and hope they do well in all their remaining games – expect against Newcastle at St. James’ Park on Monday night, 9th April – of course.
So the results seem to have again gone Newcastle’s way today – but it is now up to our lads to show they are a good team, and we are hoping that Newcastle can get the win at The Hawthorns tomorrow afternoon.
Certainly a win would completely energize the Newcastle fans – and the players too!
Howay The Lads!!