Newcastle gained a good point and a clean sheet at West Ham today when we drew 0-0 with West Ham, but Wigan won 3-2 at West Brom in a surprise result, so we are now 2 points worse off than we were before the game today, with Wigan only 3 points behind us with a game in hand and they now have a better goal difference - this is unbelievable.
Papiss Cisse in action at Upton Park today
And Newcastle could well have to pay for that 6-0 trouncing against Liverpool last week because now our goal difference is no better than the other relegation sides and worse than that of Wigan and Norwich.
How we managed to get ourselves into this perilous position is a catastrophe still unfolding at Newcastle, and in the last 7 league games we have taken only 5 points – one win and two draws – out of a possible 21.
Newcastle played in a much more organized way than we did last week – although that was hardly going to be difficult – and there were few chances to either side in the first half
But it looked like Papiss Cisse had put Newcastle ahead on 25 minutes – but his slow shot that had beat the goalkeeper and was rolling into the back of the net was cleared off the line – but it looked over to us.
Newcastle could feel pleased that they were 0-0 at the half.
But in the second half West Ham were in the ascendancy, and Newcastle were put under some pressure, and it was only a string of fine saves from goalkeeper Rob Elliot that kept Newcastle on level terms.
After 65 minutes West Ham had a number of chances to score as Kevin Nolan crossed from the right and Andy Carroll fell in the box as Danny Simpson’s challenged, but referee Dowd waved play on – that was close.
But then it was simply brilliant goalkeeping by Rob Elliot that kept Newcastle level – as he saved twice from former captain Kevin Nolan, and then a shot 30 seconds later from Jarvis was turned around the post by the goalkeeper.
If we do survive in the Premier League this season those three stunning saves will be remembered.
But overall it was a decent point for Newcastle, but now Wigan are only 2 points behind Newcastle and play Swansea in the make-up game on Tuesday night and if they win that they will go above Newcastle and we could be third bottom.
It seems like it will go down to the last game of the season at Arsenal – unfortunately – and who would have believed last August that we’d be in this position with just two games to play – and it’s our goal difference that could send us down on May 19th.
That’s the cushion we had – but it was wiped away with the staggering 6-0 defeat by Liverpool.
A good result but hardly good enough for Newcastle, but to try to end on a good note – Coloccini played very well indeed at the back for the Magpies on his return to the side.
West Ham (4-4-2): Jaaskelainen; O’Brien, Reid, Collins, Demel (Taylor 80); O’Neill, Diame, Nolan, Jarvis (J. Cole 84); Vaz Te (Collison 59), Carroll. Subs: Henderson, Pogatetz, Noble, C.Cole.
Newcastle (4-3-3): Elliot; Simpson, S.Taylor, Coloccini, Yanga-Mbiwa; Tiote, Cabaye, Gutierrez; Ben Arfa (Ameobi 65), Cisse, Gouffran (Gosling 77). Subs: Harper, Williamson, Perch, Anita, Campbell.
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