Newcastle are now two points above Hull City with just two games to play, and this is eerily similar to six years ago when we were relegated, when with two game to go we were 4th bottom of the table ahead of Hull City on goal difference on 34 points – today we have 36 points after having 35 points with 11 games to play.
Steve Stone and John Carver today
In our third last game in 2009 on a Monday night we had beaten bottom side Middlesbrough 3-1 at home, after going behind to an early goal.
That was manager Alan Shearer’s first win in his 6th game in charge, and we had gained 5 points in those games, and we all thought that was the big breakthrough – and that’s much like today when we broke the eight game losing streak for our first point since last February.
Back in 2009 expectations were high that we could escape the drop, and we had a game coming up on the following Saturday against Fulham, and it was thought if we could win that game we could be safe.
In the same way we are now 2 points above Hull City with only two games to play and if we can win at QPR next Saturday – who at that time are likely to already be relegated – we could even save ourselves.
But back in 2009 in our final two games at home to Fulham and at Aston Villa we lost both games 1-0.
And in Hull’s second last game six years ago, when we were losing at home to Fulham, Hull under their manager Steve Brown, who was born in South Shields, got a 1-1 draw away at Bolton.
And it turns out that was the point that saved them from relegation, and they lost 1-0 at home to Manchester United in their final game but stayed up with one point more than Newcastle.
It’s also true that Hull’s very last game this season is also at home to Manchester United, and next Saturday they are at Tottenham.
So it looks like in 2015 it could be between Hull City and Newcastle United as to which club goes down.
Maybe we can even the score this season?