Newcastle lost their 12th game in 23 league games today at Watford and remain in really deep trouble in the Premier League in 3rd bottom place.
But once again it was a day when Newcastle continued to miss their chances, and if this continues then we will become a Championship club in May – after only just avoiding relegation last May.
Jamaal Lascelles pulls one back for Newcastle
And that came on a day when Charlie Austin made his debut for Southampton after 79 minutes at Old Trafford and eight minutes later he got the foul on the right wing and then headed in the resulting cross for the winner after 87 minutes.
He’s already repaid some of that £4M and we could have done with Charlie’s finishing today.
Goals from Odion Ighalo a minute into the second half – a goal that looked offside – and Craig Cathcart after 58 minutes were enough to put Watford in firm control of this game.
That came after a closely fought first half where Newcastle played some nice looking football.
And it took a defender – Jamaal Lascelles – to show the Newcastle forwards how to score a goal – when he headed in after 71 minutes, but we couldn’t get a second to level the scores and get something out of this game.
Every game like this when we manage somehow to lose – sends us that much closer to becoming a Championship club in May.
And Watford had lost their last four league games, but it didn’t stop the newly promoted side from picking up their third win this season against Newcastle.
And Steve McClaren may be right – when he says the relegation battle will go down to the wire – we assume that means to the very last game of the season.
What did we do to deserve this?
It’s all too depressing.
Next up is a game at Everton and since we will be expected to lose that one – we may even do well.
And if we are relegated we cannot complain too much we suppose, because we had enough chances to have won this game – but again we found a way to lose it.
Results are what matters these days when you are in the relegation zone – and although the display was decent enough in the first half – that doesn’t mean too much with the result being another terrible one.
Inconsistency will be the main reason we will go down – if that happens – and after two good performances – here is a game where 71% of fans though we could win it – and that’s always dangerous with this Newcastle side.
We were expected to win it and we lose it.
How many times has that happened this season?
And Steve McClaren may not be safe either if he cannot put a string of wins together soon.
If Newcastle are relegated it’s down of course to the woeful upper management of the club – and the lack of continuous investment in the squad, when we have been trying to just get by and managing the club on a shoestring.
It may be that Newcastle just waited too long to bring in all the reinforcements that we have done at the cost of around £70M since last summer.
This is the fourth successive away defeat for the Magpies since we beat Spurs 2-1 at White Hart Lane and we remain in 18th place – but Aston Villa, Bournemouth and Sunderland all picked up a point on us today.
21 points after 23 games is exactly where we were three years ago when we signed Five Frenchmen – and we survived that season, but it looks like this season it may take up to 40 points to be safe,
That’s another reason relegation is a real possibility for Newcastle after yet another defeat.
We have lost 52% of our league games this season.
Watford: Gomes; Paredes (Nyom, 88), Britos, Cathcart, Ake; Capoue, Watson; Behrami, Deeney (Amrabat, 90), Jurado (Almen Abdi, 77); Ighalo. Subs not used: Prodl, Anya, Guedioura.
Newcastle: Elliot; Lascelles, Coloccini (Riviere, 88), Mbemba; Janmaat, Saivet (Perez, 59), Shelvey, Aarons (Gouffran, 59); Sissoko, Wijnaldum; Mitroivc. Subs not used: Darlow, Taylor, Marveaux, Thauvin.
Goals: Ighalo 46, Cathcart 58, Lascelles 71
Bookings: Mbemba 51, Behrami 56, Britos 68
Referee: Andre Marriner (West Midlands)