We are still wondering how Newcastle got themselves into the mess we are in – but the failure to take any points from teams like West Ham, Swansea, Southampton, Stoke and Fulham will send any team hurtling down the league table.
Alan Pardew - Manager of the Year to relegation?
We certainly hope not
And after that bad run against what surely were beatable teams, we had Manchester City last Saturday and we have QPR, Manchester United, Arsenal and Everton coming up – and with only 14 points from 17 games (5 points worse off than in our relegation season), we wonder what our points total will be after 21 games on January 2nd.
It’s not likely to be very high, and we thought the win at home to Wigan, which ended Newcastle’s bad spell of four successive league defeats, would be a cure-all – but we went on to shoot ourselves in the foot when at 1-1 it looked like Newcastle were going on to win the game at Craven Cottage.
But we let in another sloppy goal at the exact wrong time – and ended up once again with zero points.
A win is vital on Saturday, if only that it’s likely to be the only return we’ll get from our next three games.
After that a win at home to Everton on January 2nd has to be a possibility, but even if we do manage a win on Saturday, we shouldn’t get too carried away with our next two games in the following seven days being at Manchester United and Arsenal.
If our form in those two games is anything like it’s been over the last 11 games in which we have won only once – we’ll get absolutely nothing out of those away trips.
We’re still wondering what happened, and hoping and praying we can show some of last season’s form and start picking up some points before it gets too late and we become completely enmeshed in another relegation fight.
It’s really up to our players to start showing the form they were in last season, and get Newcastle way from the danger zone as soon as possible.
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