Newcastle gave a similar performance on Saturday at West Ham, that we gave two weeks ago at West Brom, and both games got us a decent away point, with the Newcastle side playing well in the first half, and then hanging on for the point in the second half in both games.
Jonas Gutierrez – we were committed on Saturday
But with Wigan beating West Brom 3-2 at the Hawthorns, we ended up losing ground in the relegation race, and 3rd bottom Wigan can now go above Newcastle – for the very first time this season – with a home win against Swansea tomorrow night.
This is what Jonas Gutierrez had to say today about the West Ham game:
“I think we showed that was a performance of a united, committed team,” “Everybody could see we were fighting for each other. It has been a difficult few weeks, and we haven’t been solid or compact.”
“No one who was here could say we weren’t playing for each other, fighting until the final whistle. If we’d played more games like this in recent weeks,”
“I don’t think we’d be talking about a relegation battle. We showed the fighting qualities we need to survive.”
The very fact that Jonas has to try to convince us that players were committed on Saturday, shows just how low we have sunk this season.
And some of our players seemed to give up in the terrible home defeats against Sunderland and Liverpool in our last two home games – where we leaked an incredible nine goals in front of sell-out crowds.
Those nine goals conceded at home could still be our downfall this season.
And Wigan have started their potential escape act, and have 4 points from their last two games, and were even unlucky not to get all three points nine days ago at home to Spurs, when the London side equalized with an own goal in the 89th minute.
If the Lancashire side are to just survive again – for the umpteenth time since they were promoted – they will probably need to beat Swansea at home on Tuesday night.
And if they do survive, watch them next season immediately be in the bottom three again at the start of the season, but maybe it’s this season that the slip up and are finally relegated.
Since that would mean Newcastle are safe – we hope that happens – since for a club that has averaged close to 51,000 home gates this season to be relegated – would be a complete disaster for our club.
We all know that and it’s painful just to think about it.
Howay The Lads!!
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