In May of 2009 with two games to go, we all thought we were sitting pretty in 4th bottom place, but above Hull City on goal difference, and we had just gained 3 points on Hull City when we beat Middlesbrough 3-1 at home on a Monday night.
Alan Shearer – couldn’t save us four years ago
We had a home game against Fulham coming up on the Saturday, and they had won only two games away all season, and we thought a win against the Cottagers would make us safe, before we went to Villa Park on the last day of the season.
So the situation was similar to where we are now – we are 4th bottom having just gained 3 points over 3rd bottom side Wigan, when they lost at home to Swansea 3-2 on Tuesday night.
And now we are saying that a win tomorrow at QPR could make us safe, so the QPR game tomorrow is similar to the Fulham game four years ago.
Unfortunately we can still go down – and if we lose tomorrow at QPR, things could quickly become very dark for Newcastle.
Nobody expected Newcastle to lose to Fulham four years ago, after such a great win against Middlesbrough, but we lost the game 1-0 in front of a sold-out St. James’ Park.
If we lose tomorrow, it would mean that Wigan would need to get one win from their last two games at Arsenal and at Villa Park, and they would overtake Newcastle on goal difference.
Of course we could save ourselves against Arsenal a week tomorrow at St. James’ Park.
But with defeats of 3-0 and 6-0 when the chips were down in our last two home games in front of sold-out crowds, somehow we don’t think this team would be heavily backed to get anything out of Arsenal, if we are indeed in trouble by the final game of the season.
Hence we simply cannot lose at QPR tomorrow – and a win will save us – but it will not be easy.
We’re still on thin ice as far as relegation goes.
What do you think?
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