We just cannot see how Newcastle can get anything out of the game with West Brom on Saturday, given the pathetic performance of our defense at Leicester City, when we allowed all three goals from set-plays – and we will have three of those back four missing on Saturday, due in large part to Mike Williamson and Daryl Janmaat getting themselves sent off in the second half.
When West Brom get their first corner or free kick near the Newcastle penalty on Saturday, the tension will rise appreciably with the Newcastle fans.
And the fact we’ve had so many suspensions of our players this year is a hint the players are not playing for Carver – some seem just to have given up.
John Carver – out of his depth – completely
We should hear more today at Carver’s press conference about the fitness of Paul Dummett, and even if he’s not fit maybe we will still play him and hope for the best – and take another chance?
It only takes a relegation fighting side to win a game, to bring them right up to Newcastle and last Saturday Sunderland, Leicester and Aston Villa all gained 3 points on Newcastle by winning their games and Leicester have gained a massive fifteen points on Newcastle in the last six games – by winning five of them.
We suggested we could be in big trouble last Saturday is we lost and Sunderland and Villa both win – which they did.
Here are the fixtures on Saturday.
Everton vs Sunderland 12:45 pm
Aston Villa vs West Ham 3:00 pm
Hull vs Burnley 3:00 pm
Leicester vs Southampton 3:00 pm
Newcastle vs West Brom 3:00 pm
You wouldn’t expect Sunderland to get anything at Everton but we didn’t expect them to get anything at home to the Saints either – and they do have an experienced manager in Dick Advocaat in charge – and he’s been through this stuff before.
And Leicester – in the form they are in right now have a decent chance now of beating Southampton, who are now slumping a bit, and the Foxes could make it six wins in their last seven games for what would amount to a miraculous recovery.
Hull have a great chance to get their third win in four games by beating Burnley at home – and Burnley are essentially relegated and will be if they don’t beat Hull.
Here are the current standings.
So if Newcastle do lose for the 9th straight game it’s going to be very very difficult to turn this thing around with just two games to go – the only chance is that Mike Ashley starts spending some money to persuade a guy like Glenn Hoddle to come in and try to get a win in our final two games.
The fact that all our fans will not be behind the team in the final two home games, will also make it that much more difficult to get a win.
The only chance we have is if the team shock us in one of the last three games and get a win – somehow – maybe the other side scores a couple of own goals for us?
The only way they have shocked us in the last eight games is just how terrible they have played and a number of them don’t seem to care at all.
All they seem to be thinking of is how to get out of this club in the summer.
That’s how bad it is at Newcastle United right now.