Wigan are up against Swansea City tonight at the DW Stadium, and a win will take them out of the bottom three, and leave Newcastle in 3rd bottom place in the league with just two games to play – in what would be a perilous situation.
Roberto Martinez – can he inspire Wigan to another win?
And last night Sunderland managed to do what was needed to go above Newcastle with a 1-1 draw against Stoke City, after being 1-0 down with ten men at the break – but they came back in the second half to get the equalizer and move above Newcastle – who are now 4th bottom.
Sunderland showed some fight last night when faced with adversity, and we don’t know if the current Newcastle side would do the same in similar circumstances – we hope they would – but we don’t know.
If Wigan win tonight it will be up to Newcastle to fight our way clear of relegation, and Alan Pardew was asked if it could be out of our hands:
“I’m not so sure about that.” “There is still a lot of football to play. I don’t think that will be the scenario, I really don’t.”
“But in terms of us? We can only take from each game what is on offer. We took a point at Upton Park. Perhaps we could have had three so we have to take what we got at West Ham and move on.”
“When you get a hammering like we got, and then get the reaction in the Press, it’s difficult to respond in the way we have,” “But we did with that performance.”
“Fair play to my players, because they deserve a lot of credit for it.” “It is not easy having a week like that, then being able to perform as strongly as that and as disciplined as we were.”
Newcastle gave one of their worst performance against Liverpool that I’ve ver seen from a Newcastle leven , and it was the 4th last game of the season,.
It was our worst defeat at home since 1925, so Pardew must know they would all be criticized and they deserved it, for letting the club and th City down – not to mention the fans – too many of our players gave up in that second half.
We expected them to come out fighting at West Ham and the lads did quite well – but we needed the 3 points on Saturday – and we need the 3 points on Sunday at QPR if the lads are gong to save themselves – but we’ve also won just one game on the road this season.
Of course we are hoping that Wigan will lose tonight against Swansea – but what if they win, and Newcastle sink to third bottom?
Will our players show the courage and guts to get us out of the mess we’ve put ourselves in?
In truth we don’t know – we hope so – but the performances at home against Sunderland and Liverpool have left a big doubt in our minds whether a lot of our lads have the fight in them for what lies ahead.
Which is why a lot of Newcastle fans are very worried right now. including us.
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