If Wigan had not won today it would have been a good day for Newcastle United – not a great day – but a good day, and as it turned out it was a decent day as we got an away point.
Kevin Nolan and Coloccini at the final whistle
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There were a number of positives coming out of the game – the first one is the lads played well at Upton Park in the 0-0 draw, especially in the first half, and that will do the players’ confidence a lot of good after what happened the last time out.
Another positive is that we kept a clean sheet – Colo returns and we keep our first clean sheet since we beat Fulham 1-0 on April 7th – which was also our last win and that’s five league games ago – but Rob Elliot has to take a bow for some fantastic second half saves.
The last two games of the season are on the next two Sundays, and we need one win out of those two games – that could be enough – and to win we have to score goals – and we haven’t been too good at that in the league lately.
We’ve scored just three goals in the last seven league games – and that’s what happens when you lose a top striker like Demba Ba in January, and don’t replace him, for whatever reason.
So everything this season now hinges on our last two games, and it’s like we are on a knife’s edge as far as relegation is concerned.
We’ll know better how we stand on Tuesday night, after Wigan play Swansea, and Sunderland will have played Stoke City at home the night before.
Wigan are in good form and after Tottenham equalized in the last minute last weekend, they followed that with an excellent win at West Brom 3-2 – something that we couldn’t do two weeks ago.
But it’s now up to our players to show fortitude and courage and play well, and having Coloccini back in the side could be massive for the club.
Certainly these next two games are huge games for Newcastle, and if do take the drop it will put the club back at least two or three years, and our current team will need to be dismantled – just like it was four years ago.
Now’s the time to stick together and support the players and the manager, and see if we can escape relegation and keep in the Premier League for next season .
At this point that would be great – in fact it would be fantastic.
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