In one of the polls we put out earlier this season, on September 5th to be more precise, 58% of the voters thought that we wouldn’t make the top six this season, but we wonder how many thought we’d be in the bottom six?
Rodallega beats Coloccini to head in second goal
We’re not there yet, we’re 7th bottom at the moment, but with Sunderland winning 3-0 at home last night to Reading in their makeup game, even Sunderland are now only one point behind Newcastle.
And we’re two points above Southampton and Aston Villa, so if our fans out there don’t think we are currently in a serious position in the league table, with no new reinforcements coming in for at least four or five weeks, think again.
And if we lose again on Saturday to the reigning Champions Manchester City, we could even see ourselves further down the league table.
Here are the results of that poll in September, with over 5,000 votes cast.
What we have to hope for is improved form from our players, especially in defense, where Fabricio Coloccini on Monday had mixed fortunes.
Colo went close to scoring on two occasions, and both efforts deserved a goal, when first he had his strong header from a corner in the first half headed off the line, and then the Argentine hit the post in the 72nd minute of the game, when Newcastle were 2-1 down.
But Colo was also badly at fault for Fulham’s second goal, which cost Newcastle all three points on the night, when we deserved to take something out of the game at Craven Cottage.
Of course the Newcastle players have to remain positive, and it’s a strange game is football, and we have to hope we can get something out of the tough game coming up on Saturday against City.
The betting is on a Manchester City win – but let us know how you think this game will go.
It’s also important to keep supporting the lads through these tough times, and things could get worse before they get better, and we are hoping the experience of the last relegation season will help the players come though this one – on the positive side.
Comments always welcome.
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