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 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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