Chelsea drew 1-1 with Fulham in tonight’s late game, and are now on 57 points, and two points behind Newcastle, who are in 5th place on 59 points and level with Spurs in 4th place.
Frank Lampard – scored Chelsea goal with dubious penalty
Of course 5th gets automatic entry to the Europa League.
Chelsea were so lucky to beat Wigan on 2-1 on Saturday, when their winner came in the third minute of stoppage time, and both their goals were shown to be offside by TV replays, the first goal being well offside.
And tonight they got a dodgy penalty decision in their favor, when referee Mark Clattenburg adjudged Murphy to have fouled Kalou just before half time, a nice time to get a goal.
But there was minimum contact, and the Fulham players were rightly incensed with the decision.
And in the game at White Hart Lane today Norwich had a stone cold penalty turned down, but they still went on to beat Spurs 2-1.
With Manchester United getting QPR’s Shaun Derry sent off yesterday, after only 14 minutes, for what looked like a dive by Ashley Young.
Young was even offside before the foul occurred so that shoudn’t have counted you have the feeling that the top sides are getting some very dubious calls in their favor.
But Fulham came back tonight in the second half, and a Clint Dempsey header after 82 minutes evened up the scores, and Chelsea this time were not able to get a stoppage time winner, by fair means or foul.
And so with Newcastle’s great 2-1 win over Bolton this afternoon, the Magpies stay in 5th position in the league, and are only below Spurs on goal difference, with Chelsea 2 points behind in 6th place.
It’s been quite a day for Newcastle, and in our last five games, which have all ended in wins, we have gained 8 points on Spurs and 7 points on Chelsea in that time.
We need to keep our winning ways going, and we could even get an automatic spot into Europe next season, in either the Europa League for 5th position or the Champions League for 4th position.
Sounds good to us – and all we have to do is keep winning.