Newcastle have dropped one place in the league after our 2-1 defeat at Spurs yesterday, where we were unlucky not to take something out of the game with a very decent display – certainly a lot better than we played from early November through mid January.
Joan Gouffran scoring yesterday
We lost some momentum in that second half, and most of it was due to losing Yoan Gouffran with a shin injury, but the good news after the game was that an X-ray showed there is no break of th shin bone, so we are just hoping Yoan will be OK for the next league game at home to Southampton two weeks today.
And talking about Southampton, we watched their late game with Manchester City at St. Mary’s, and what a weird game that was – with the Saints surprisingly winning the game 3-1.
First of all Manchester City didn’t turn up for the game, and secondly they let two terrible goals in when Joe Hart had a shot straight at him, and he let the ball slither down and between his legs, and a Southampton player put the ball into the back of the net.
That was 2-0 in the first half and City got a goal back before half time, but then an astonishing own goal from Gareth Barry when the ball came across the box and Gareth carefully poked the ball into the back of the net.
Somebody should estimate the amount of transfer fees the Manchester City players cost – and compare that with Southampton – and the Saints showed much more passion and fight than the rich boys of City yesterday.
It was a great three points for Southampton, and that takes them level on 27 points with Newcastle, but they have a better goal difference than we have us at -9 compared to -11. But there will be lots of questions on what Manchester City were doing and some of their players seemed like they didn’t want to be even playing yesterday.
So Newcastle are now just two places above the drop zone, and the next game at home to Southampton is one we must win.
Both QPR and Wigan went down 4-1 away at Swansea and Chelsea respectively and not only are they now 10 points and 6 points behind Newcastle respectively, but their goal differences are a lot worse too – we play Wigan away on Sunday 17th March.
We are now just above Reading and the bottom three, so our position is not particularly comfortable for the next two weeks, but hopefully we can now put some of the same performances we have given in our last three games and we should be OK, but there are some tough games coming up.
Aston Villa are at home to West Ham today, so that will be an interesting game to watch – and a draw would probably be the best result for Newcastle, although a Hammers win could be better perhaps, but it would take them 6 points clear of Newcastle.
We had hoped to even have won yesterday, but with picking up nothing we are going to be down in the depths for at least another two weeks – but we can certainly pull away with the class we now have in the squad.
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