If This Happens Newcastle Can Still Be Relegated


For the first time in a long time Newcastle played some decent stuff against West Brom last Saturday, and especially in the second half we may even have won the game.

We finally got our first point in the league in 10 weeks, since we beat Aston Villa 1-0 and it was very welcome – there’s no doubt about that – but we still have work to do.

moussa sissoko in aciton against west brom

Moussa Sissoko in action on Saturday

And with QPR being hammered 6-0 at Manchester City yesterday, they are relegated along with Burnley – so one more team will join them in the Championship next season.

If Newcastle lose the last two games, it could still be the Magpies who join them in the second tier, and we will have witnessed the biggest collapse in Premier League history, when it looks that we were safe on 35 points at the end of February – so there’s still work to do.

With Hull City surprisingly being beaten at home by Burnley and next Saturday at Tottenham, Newcastle have a chance of even being safe come next Saturday night.

But Newcastle cannot have another collapse like we have had this year whenever we’ve shown some decent form.

The second half against Arsenal was maybe the best we’ve played under the inexperienced John Carver this year, but that was followed by the tame and unforgiving surrender to Sunderland, after John Carver before the game had almost guaranteed every player would give 100%.

Yeah right.

And we are now paying for that costly defeat by a team below us, because Sunderland are ahead of us on goal difference after two successive wins – although they were very lucky to get 3 points at Goodison Park on Saturday.

QPR, even though they are now relegated, will want to regain their pride at home next Saturday in front of their home fans, so this game will not be an easy one.

And Hull City have also shown they can produce some shock results when they are required,  and they have experienced manager Steve Bruce in charge.

So there could still be a shock at White Hart Lane on Saturday, with Spurs having lost three of their last six games and struggling for form.

Newcastle cannot affect the results of other games, and we can only concentrate on our last two games at QPR and at home to West Ham, and we would love to see a couple of wins to lift the gloom and be safe, but that’s not likely to happen.

But the way Hull, Sunderland, Leicester and Aston Villa are getting wins recently, Newcastle may need one win in their last two games to ensure Premier League survival.

We shouldn’t assume in any way that we cannot still get relegated.

Here are the current standings.

PosTeamGamesGDPoints
Crystal Palace38-1242
16Bournemouth38-2242
17Sunderland38-1439
18Newcastle38-2137
19 Norwich38-2834
20Aston Villa38-4917

Comments welcome.


11 comments so far

  • Edd Case

    May 11, 2015 at 8:36 AM

    Comment #1

    All very simple…

    We win at an already relegated QPR
    Hull lose at Spurs

    We stay up.

    Simples.

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  • MrMojoRisin76

    May 11, 2015 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #2

    The pressure is of QPR so they will play with a bit more freedom to attack without worrying about the consequences,with them being at home and want to give the fans something to smile about it is no easy game,especially for us.

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  • beermonkey

    May 11, 2015 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #3

    mrmojo

    no game is easy for us

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  • Blofal

    May 11, 2015 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #4

    Or QPR just down tools and go home given that most of them know now that within two weeks they won’t be playing for that club anymore.

    If we can get the first goal at QPR I doubt there would be much of a fight back.

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  • martoon

    May 11, 2015 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #5

    Judging by the interviews that the QPR players gave yesterday I would say that their dressing room is even more disunited than ours. As Blofal says if we can get the first goal they won’t be up for the fight and hopefully the crowd might turn against them as well – mind you NUFC scoring the first goal is abig ask these days 🙂

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    May 11, 2015 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #6

    I think Hull might just have saved our arse…I am not sure what we have been saved from though?

    …Ashley, Charnley and Carver will still be here and if not Ashley will hire some other opportunist and we won’t blink an eye because as always all eyes are on Ashley!

    You could throw crap at us all day and we wouldn’t do a think! Imagine what Rangers did in a year – er couldn’t even do that in 8 years. Talk about being blindsided!

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    May 11, 2015 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #7

    *er = we

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  • Geordiedownunder

    May 11, 2015 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #10

    I get the distinct impression that all this turmoil has been planned by FCB. Think about it…. the money he’s invested is chicken feed to him…. At the beginning it was all sweetness and light I recall… then not sure when it happened, (Just after the Keegan dismissal?) but he was verballed with his family (child) in attendance at a home game. From then on, it seems he’s gone out of his way to orchestrate what we’ve endured over the last 8 years. Me, paranoid? maybe, but that doesn’t mean they’re not out to get me!

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  • Geordiedownunder

    May 11, 2015 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #11

    Incidentally, Sunderland have only played 35, not 36 as in the table above… Just saying.

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