It’s either Hull City or Newcastle United who will take the drop on Sunday afternoon, and it will send shock waves throughout Tyneside if it’s the Magpies who are relegated for the second time in six seasons under Mike Ashley.
If that happens it will have been the greatest collapse in Premier League history over the last 11 games – although for Newcastle fans there’s nothing great about it.
Paul Dummett – Newcastle center-back
We do have a few Geordies in the side and they can show the way on Sunday – especially when the game starts – by showing their team mates they will do anything to win the game.
It’s amazing how little things, like backtracking and getting a good tackle in early in the game, can lift both the crowd and our own players, and that’s what’s going to be necessary on Sunday.
The crowd will be right behind the team on Sunday, but the lads must show fight, determination and guts galore.
One such Geordie in the side is Denton lad Paul Dummett, and this is what Paul has said:
“It’s still in our hands,” “I think the fans are probably sick of us saying that as we’ve let ourselves down in the past where we didn’t produce but luckily it’s still in our hands now, it doesn’t matter what happens with Hull as long as we win our game then we’ll be OK.”
“The more games that have been coming and the more games we’ve been losing, the pressure’s been building and building and building. Now it’s come down to the crucial time where we can no longer make any excuses, we have to produce this Sunday coming.”
“I think a lot of players in this squad have never been in this position before so there’s a lot of pressure. I think especially me as well being a local player, being a fan, not wanting the club to go down, it’s something I don’t want to see happen.”
“There are a few players who have got experience, who have been relegated before, and they know exactly how it felt and what it was like. They’re desperate – everyone in there’s desperate for it not to happen again.”
We’ve had positive comments from the players before each game, but it doesn’t seem to translate to how they play – and that’s eerily similar to what happened six years ago.
One worry we have on Sunday is the team is not as experienced as the one that went down in 2009, when Hull were again hosting the Red Devils in the last game of the season, when they lost 1-0 and we lost 1-0 at Villa Park.
We just hope whatever happens on Sunday, that the team doesn’t fold like we did in the second half last week in London.
If we can put in a good first half performance like we did last week, surely we wont crumble if the Hammers come back in the second half – like we did at QPR last week?
If we do we would deserve to be relegated.