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 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%.
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.