Newcastle broke their eight game losing streak today with a 1-1 draw against West Brom and we came from behind in the game, and it was that man Perez who scored again – his 7th Premier League goal of the season, but we dropped two places in the league table and we are now 4th bottom just 2 points above Hull City who surprisingly lost 1-0 at home to Burnley, who are relegated.
Ayoze Perez scores again for Newcastle
But two teams below us in the league Sunderland and Leicester both won – Sunderland getting a great 2-0 win at Everton and Leicester winning their sixth game in seven by beating Southampton 2-0 at home and they have now gained 17 points on Newcastle in the least seven games.
It was a good point for us since it’s our first since February 28th and maybe it will be springboard for our last two games but we were lucky today with West Brom hitting the woodwork twice – but we deserved some luck since we haven’t had much of that for a good few weeks.
Things didn’t get off to a good start when Sunderland had beaten Everton at Goodison by 2-0 and so went above Newcastle and they are now above us but on the same number of points but have won both their last two games – two massive wins for the Black Cats.
Newcastle went behind after 32 minutes when they conceded a free-kick and Gardner took it, and once again we conceded a goal from a set play as Anichebe put in a good low header to give Tim Krul no chance.
And after conceding three goals last week form set-plays here we go again the John Carver had his head in his hands and so he should have.
But on 41 minutes it was that man Ayoze Perez again and Ryan Taylor took a free kick and he appeared not to hit it properly but there was Perez who turned and shot past an unsighted Myhill in the West Brom goal.
Newcastle lacked a cutting edge up front but this was improvement on last week’s efforts – of course anything would have been given the atrocious display then.
Newcastle have broken their eight game losing streak and with Daryl Janmaat back next week and hopefully Dummett OK we should be better in defense.
Papiss Cisse got a run out today so we may be able to field a strong side at QPR and at home to West Ham – but we are just 2 points above Hull, and all the clubs around us have won their games over the last two weeks – Sunderland, Aston Villa and Leicester.
So it could be between Hull and Newcastle as to who goes down.
Yes – that was who it was between six years ago also, when we finished one point behind Hull with a better goal difference.
We somehow need all three points next week at QPR, but we need the lads to be fighting if we are to do that.
The good news is that terrible losing streak is broken and this result , although not a win will give the lads confidence and one more win could be enough to finish above Hull City.
Hull play at Tottenham and then at home to Manchester United in their last two games so there’s some hope – but Spurs lost again 3-0 at Stoke today and have only one win in their last six games.