Social media lit up after the game today as John Carver got into some altercations with fans during the game against Swansea, and fans were not happy (an understatement) that Newcastle were beaten for a 7th time in succession – the longest losing streak ever for Newcastle United in the Premier League – and passions were certainly running high, especially in the second half after Swansea came from behind and went 3-1 up after 71 minutes.
John Carver – at St. James’ Park today against Swansea
There are claims that Carver continually swore at fans from the dugout, and the abuse seems to have gone in both directions.
The raw emotions just boiled over on both sides, as Newcastle dropped to a seventh straight loss and after looking OK in that first half we fell apart in those final 45 minutes.
A bright spot was the appearance of Siem de Jong as a substitute in the second half, and he wasted little time in scoring his first goal for Newcastle after 87 minutes.
If Siem is up to playing maybe even a full game soon, there’s some hope because of the Dutchman’s class and ability to put the ball in the net, and he’s a leader on and off the pitch.
Newcastle are now only four points above Hull City and Leicester City – who both won today and five points above Sunderland – who are 3rd bottom and took a good point at Stoke.
But all three teams have a game in hand on Newcastle – and only Sunderland have a worse goal difference than Newcastle, so we are now in a real relegation battle if those three teams win their games in hand.
If the powers that be at Newcastle are not worried we could be relegated this season – they should be.