Everything seemed so good after the second leg of the Europa League against Benfica, when we just failed to make the semi-finals of the Europa League, but three games on and we are fighting for our Premier League survival.
Daniel Agger scored first goal in 3 minutes
After the second Benfica game we had six games left, 36 points and a goal difference of -14, which was a lot better than the bottom four teams of the league, so if we were in a points tie – then we’d still finish above them.
But then we were hammered 3-0 by Sunderland at home, we got a point at West Brom and then we were trounced by Liverpool 6-0 at home on Saturday, and suddenly we have only 37 points with three games to go, and we look to be in big trouble, and this is only our third season back.
And our goal difference is now -23 – the same as Wigan and only slightly better than Aston Villa.
And those two terrible defeats were at home, and we have only won one game on the road all season, in what is turning our to be our second worst season ever in the Premier League, and at the moment it’s a toss-up whether we’ll be relegated.
Our best chance is that Wigan keep losing or drawing – any Wigan wins in their last four league games could put us down for the second time in four years – and what would happen then at Newcastle we have no idea.
It’s not in the plan that we get relegated after finishing 5th last season.
Worse than that is our five new French players have not acclimatized to the league, and they are now suffering from culture shock, as Newcastle fans are furious with the players and the manager – and anyone else associated with the club for that matter.
I would like to write that it’s now up to the lads to save our Premier League place in the last three games, but the Sunderland and Liverpool games were so bad, we haven’t much hope that these players have the fight to stay up.
The situation at Newcastle is grim, and we are dependent on other teams – specifically Aston Villa and Wigan – not to do well in their final few games.
That’s not a good position to be in.
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