For the 16th time in our 17 away games this season, Newcastle failed to get a win – this time at West Brom, but we only have ourselves to blame after missing a host of first half chances.
Yoan Gouffran – after scoring Newcastle’s goal today
Newcastle went ahead after eight minutes, with a good goal from Yoan Gouffran, but then Newcastle should have added to their lead but missed some great chances.
West Brom were a different side in the second half and pressed Newcastle before Billy Jones equalized after 64 minutes and then Newcastle managed to stem the tide to come away with a decent point.
Alan Pardew was asked after the game if he thought Newcastle were safe – and this is what he said:
“I don’t think so because we have to keep working.” “Hopefully, we can get a couple more wins which will be the ideal thing.”
It seems those wins will have to be at home, because we’ve been completely hopeless away from home this season, and that was only our 9th point in 17 games on the road.
And hopefully we can get a sell-out crowd for the late kick off game next Saturday against Liverpool next Saturday.
The only good news today in the league table is that we did gain a point on 3rd bottom Wigan, who lost again – this time to West Ham by 2-0, and Reading and QPR both lost again and are almost certain to be relegated now.
And West Ham are in 10th place with 42 points and are now 5 points above Newcastle with a better goal difference – so it will be difficult to finish in the top half this season.
Even Stoke won 2-0 at QPR, and that was only their second win this year, and Norwich City beat Reading 2-1 at Carrow Road.
Sunderland, Stoke and Norwich all moved above Newcastle in the table with their wins today.
To say Newcastle have massively under-performed in the league this season is simply a massive understatement.
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