Good News Bad News For Magpies Today

It was case of good news bad news for Newcastle United today, as we got a very good point at West Ham and a clean sheet in a 0-0 draw, but Wigan are starting the escape they make every season from the drop,  by beating West Brom 3-2 at the Hawthorns and now they are 3 points behind Newcastle with a slightly better goal difference and a game in hand.

alan pardew at west ham

Alan Pardew on the sidelines this afternoon

That means a home win by Wigan against Swansea on Tuesday night will take them above Newcastle, before they meet Manchester City in the FA Cup final at Wembley next Saturday.

We can still save ourselves in the last two games of the season but it’s going to be very tough, and it seems it’s a must win game now at QPR next Saturday, and we just have to hope that relegation nerves don’t set in with our players.

However, Newcastle did go above Sunderland by a point today,  and the Black Cats play Stoke City at the Stadium of Light on Monday night.

And we are dependent on results of the teams around us, and we are are also now level with Norwich City, with a slightly worse goal difference.

We have only won one game away from home in the league all season, at Villa Park, so we need to make it two against QPR next Saturday, otherwise we could be in deep trouble.

And it looks like we will need to get something out of the game against Arsenal on May 19th – the final game of the season at St. James’ Park.

We cannot say we feel too upbeat at the moment,  with only one win and two draws in the last seven games, but it’s still possible to escape relegation if we buck up and start to play well – and we played well today.

And that should help the confidence of the players for our two upcoming extremely important games.

However, the Sunderland and Wigan games on Monday night and Tuesday night will be crucial, and  it will not look too good for us if they both win those games.

To be in this situation is a complete and utter shock. 🙁

But – here’s the truth of it – if we are relegated we deserve to be – because we will have collapsed completely in the final nine games of the season.


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23 comments so far

  • Fostino

    May 4, 2013 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #1

    we just need to focus on ourselves…3 pts from next 2 games…simples

  • catchy in norway

    May 4, 2013 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #2


    5th place was great, no one said it wasnt

    but for me , there was no foudation to build on,, for me, we had a lot of luck,, which is great, i wish we could have it every week, but we dont
    the football was poor, we ground out some results, and that was against poor teams,
    we are where we are because we dont play football, and just like today, no luck to help us out,,

    please wake up,, and see the mess the man has now got us in

    both wigan and villa won today, incase you havent read or seen

  • Sawbuck

    May 4, 2013 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #3

    Ed I;m not shocked. Surely only Anita last summer signaled Mash’s intent.

  • Edd Case

    May 4, 2013 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #4

    We HAVE to beat floppy chop’s lot and I reckon we may sneak a win against the Gooners….

    Wigan have hopefully worn themselves out.

  • santonthenewmaldini

    May 4, 2013 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #5

    We just look like a team who is doomed to the drop the likes of Wigan and Villa are battling for everything and throwing bodies forward trying to win games

    We are playing with such fear its no wonder Cisse struggles when we have the ball only he is in the box with possibly Gouffran this is not good enough and has been our main problem all season

    West Ham are shite we should have pounded them earlier in the season but we were too defensive and the same was today we invited them too launch it long another wasted opportunity for 3 points Big Sam must love playing us

    QPR is going to be difficult I think Pardew will probably play the same team which defensively is pretty decent but it offers not a lot of threat because JOnas and Tiote are the players who have possession the most

  • OhSholaAmeobi

    May 4, 2013 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #6

    i missed the game today, somebody sum it up for me? heard cisse’s may have been in. deep in the doggy doo doo, can see wigan beating swansea and mackems beating stoke, villa could beat chelsea at home. dire situation. if we don’t beat QPR that’s curtains for us.

  • Rotonda heights

    May 4, 2013 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #7


    when we went 433 with Ba, Cisse and Benny last season, I loved it and said so repeatedly at the time.

    That was then. How long are you going to hark on about one good season, before as per, he got disastrously found out.

    One good season doesn’t make him a consistently good manager. By the same token if you gave him plaudits then why aren’t you frustrated like the rest of us now.
    He is accountable for ups and downs.

    I think I’ll take Plan b’s advice from now on.

  • OhSholaAmeobi

    May 4, 2013 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #8

    on a positive note norwich play west brom at home then city away which aren’t easy themselves, and they only have 1 goal more than us.

  • Indian Magpie (HD_07 on Twitter)

    May 4, 2013 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #9

    Pardew’s answer to being over run in MF. Bypass the MF Bring in Shola FFS

  • Rotonda heights

    May 4, 2013 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #10

    oh shola

    Not a great game really. 2 average teams 2 very poor managers. Enough said.

  • AndyMac

    May 4, 2013 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #11

    Good news bad news so put your trust in Pardwho !!!! Ha ha ha ha ha ha 🙂


    May 4, 2013 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #12


  • northernirishtoon

    May 4, 2013 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #13

    Just done the bbc predictor for the first time

    I have the scum going down and that’s with us only getting one more point

    Didn’t even consider them until I done that.

    It’s so tight it’s whoever has the balls to stand up and be counted


    May 4, 2013 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #14


  • BandB

    May 4, 2013 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #15


    You should stick around man. People listen to you. You have to say your piece. There’s a certain sensibility at work among the regime loyalists. I just deleted an overtly political point.
    And if you see a person with their jeans down round their arse, and their top over their head screaming TOON, TOON, TOON, ATTACK ATTACK at their own reflection in the Bigg Market, it’s probably Dennis Twice.
    But have a closer look.
    Cos it might be me.

  • daztoon-anti christ is that the time

    May 4, 2013 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #16

    The game today was more than winnable if Pardew had got the balls to go for a win.
    Wigan winning at WBA just goes to show how bad we are when we just scraped a point there in the end

  • Sawbuck

    May 4, 2013 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #17

    Redknapp is one of those who wants to see us shredded. Remy will score.
    Wenger is neutral on us but will be hunting CL spot.

  • BandB

    May 4, 2013 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #18

    Thanks Ed. I now officially hold the “last” record.

  • Tsunki

    May 4, 2013 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #19

    Few things are less pleasing than seeing our manager beaming with satisfaction at scraping out a dull draw against a team replete with our cast-offs. My assertions that those around us were worse have once again been engineered to turn against us and relegation continues to toy with us like a cat with an injured bird. I am beginning to think there is no impossible mathematical permutation that can’t be explored to push us down. Real Wigan , Barcevilla and Borussia bleedin’ mackemgladbach are somehow able to wake up and we are chugging out single points at the waystations of the league. Brilliant.

  • Sawbuck

    May 4, 2013 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #20

    band b dont delete your overtly political points.

  • OhSholaAmeobi

    May 4, 2013 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #21


    0-0 is never an inspiring score, wish he’d went for it, if marveaux, sissoko and santon back we’ve got to go 3-4-3 or something. just can’t afford to go down

  • Williamsonsuks

    May 5, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #22

    Ed could you do a poll for the top 10 most annoying blog posters? Catchy no1 indefinite!

  • I I I

    May 5, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #23

    I’m counting Pardews minutes and praying for our safety. My feeling is that the manager has lost the dressing room. Here’s why: The way he’s hurting about media reports, the performances of cabaye and the one comment that i heard him shout from the touchline 5 minutes to go. He shouted something aimless like “Give it” or “Hoof it” and the only option ahead was a crowded out Cisse. We lost the ball. We’ve players who would like Ba fit into a top four side, and others like Guti, Ameobi, Gosling who like Pardew are only good for the championship.


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