If Wigan win the game they have in hand on Newcastle, then we will be only 3 points above the drop zone, and we may be the only ones – but we’re not clear of relegation fears yet.
Alan Pardew yesterday – Newcastle are still not safe – yet
We were surprised we didn’t do better yesterday at Wigan, although there are a number of reasons for why we ended up losing, which we never really expected, after our good form over the last few weeks.
But after all the anger and confusion about what happened in yesterdays’ game subsides, the fact is we were beaten by the third bottom club, and we still have only one league win away from home this season, and we have lost out last three league games at Tottenham, Swansea and now Wigan.
And the very last thing teams want to do when they meet teams lower down in the league is to lose, and as the 90th minute approached yesterday, Newcastle looked to be in decent shape at 1-1 and on 34 points, and we’d still be a full 9 points above Wigan.
Drawing with the side who have an annual battle against relegation would have been a good enough result – given what happened in the game – but then when we conceded the late goal – and it should have been disallowed because of a hand-ball.
But that has kind of put the cat among the pigeons.
And maybe we are being too conservative and even negative – but it’s so important to keep in the Premier League – and not only that, but we need to climb the table as we can be more attractive to potential new signings in the summer.
When Pardew said eight days ago that our Premier League was safe and he would play his best side last thursday we did say if would not be good if we beat Anzhi, but then lost to third bottom Wigan – but that’s what’s happened.
It will be interesting to see how Pardew now approaches the first Benfica game on the Thursday (April 4th) following our match at Manchester City in a couple of weeks – especially if we are beaten by the reigning Premier League Champions.
After the Benfica game we are at home to Fulham on the following Sunday – and surely that is a game we must win.
We think the main thing is to ensure we are safe in the league – and as soon as possible – and with eight games to play – that’s not the case right now – fact.
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