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Results Went Mainly Newcastle’s Way Today

6:22 pm, Saturday, February 27th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 38 Comments

The only two sides beneath Newcastle in the league table – Aston Villa and Sunderland both lost today – Sunderland lost 1-0 at West Ham and Aston Villa went down 2-1 at the Britannia Stadium, where Newcastle play on Wednesday night.

The Hammers extended their unbeaten home run to 13 games with the win over Sunderland with a single goal from Michail Antonio after 30 minutes being the difference between the sides.

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Michail Antonio after scoring Hammers’ winning goal

Andy Carroll had a volley that came of the cross bar in the second half, but Sunderland don’t seem to concede too many goals since Sam Allardyce took over – unlike another north-east side we know.

Sunderland remain one point behind us on 23 points after 27 games.

Stoke beat Aston Villa 2-1 after going ahead with two second half goals from Arnautovic, before Bacuna pulled one back for Villa with 11 minutes remaining in the game.

That was Villa’s 17th defeat in 27 games and they remain on 16 points – 8 points behind Newcastle and at -27 they even have a worse goal difference than we do – and that’s saying something.

Unless Aston Villa can come up with  a Leicester City type escape in the final 11 games – the club that won the European Cup in 1982 look doomed to relegation – which will be the first time they have ever been relegated from the Premier League.

Norwich City were a little unlucky at Leicester, where they were holding on well at 0-0 late in the game but Leonardo Ulloa scored in the 89th minute to get Leicester the win and extend their lead at the top of the Premier League to five points.

We have to remember that a year ago at this time Leicester were rock bottom of the Premier League and that was their 16th win of the season but in this game Norwich deserved a draw.

We want Leicester to win the league and maybe we can emulate them next season?

But first of all Newcastle have to do an escape act to avoid relegation.

Bournemouth did well to get a goalless draw at Watford, where both chances had chances to win the game but it was a good point for the Cherries who now have 29 points after 27 games – 5 points more than Newcastle and we play them at St. James’ Park next Saturday.

And at half time in the late game Alan Pardew’s Crystal Palace are continuing their drastic slump this year and are 3-0 down at West Brom.

In their previous seven league games this year Palace have only an away draw against Swansea and six defeats.

So if they lose today that would be eight league games with just one point, although they are in the quarter finals of the FA Cup having beaten Tottenham 1-0 last weekend at White Hart Lane.


And rather than keep looking at teams near us in the relegation zone and hoping for the best, Newcastle have to start picking up some wins and getting way from the relegation zone.

They need to give their fans some much needed relief this season – after the disaster of last season under John Carver.

Our squad has to be in the top ten of Premier League squads – so what are we doing in 18th place in the league?

Steve McClaren is rightly under enormous pressure to produce the results and we have to get something out of the game at the Britannia Stadium on Wednesday night where another defeat – that would be our 11th in 14 away games – would not be good.

Then we have to beat Bournemouth next Saturday and that will not be easy.

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38 responses so far ↓

  • 1 cyprus // Feb 27, 2016 at 6:27 PM

    Looking at these teams today.. Crazy we’re so down that table. Look at palace. Seven losses in last eight games, getting thrashed by West brom…

  • 2 Jail for Ashley // Feb 27, 2016 at 6:31 PM

    Really pleased about that, vindicates us for wanting rid of the slimy tw@t!

  • 3 martoon // Feb 27, 2016 at 6:34 PM

    We needed these results because let’s be honest a game in hand against City is not likely to gain us any points!

  • 4 21st Century Schizoid Man // Feb 27, 2016 at 6:34 PM

    Anybody between Palace and us going on a losing run in the next five games is going to get caught, WBA included. We still need two wins to start the recovery.

  • 5 cyprus // Feb 27, 2016 at 6:37 PM


    Wondering if any of those teams will go on a nice old losing run it if it’s just us or Norwich, bless them

  • 6 Rotonda heights // Feb 27, 2016 at 6:37 PM


    no more AP love in’s any more…lol!!!

  • 7 cyprus // Feb 27, 2016 at 6:38 PM


  • 8 Rotonda heights // Feb 27, 2016 at 6:47 PM

    Wonder if Ed, magpie52, manxpie, IanToon and munster will finally graciously put their hands up over AP.

    Many of us said after his initial honeymoon period AP would resort to type, ie being totally inconsistent and usually in a bad way.

    Now set losing records at WHU, NUFC and CP !!!!

    Don’t like to say I told you so, but what the hell, I told you so.

  • 9 Jail for Ashley // Feb 27, 2016 at 6:47 PM

    All I can say about us and Pardew is that it was a shame after his manager awards that he wasn’t backed, never forgiven him for taking that eight year deal instead of digging his heels in. The guy gets what he deserves, if he flops now at Palace he’ll become what he is, a Warnock, Mcarthy and that other dude that does the rounds

  • 10 GeordieTwo // Feb 27, 2016 at 6:48 PM

    Pardew for England! Boom, boom, boom boom boom!!!
    Pardew for England! Boom, boom, boom boom boom!!!

  • 11 Jib // Feb 27, 2016 at 6:48 PM

    England still the only team who can achieve the Grand Slam !

  • 12 Oleg G // Feb 27, 2016 at 6:49 PM

    Wow. Palace are playing some bad bad football in the last few months.

  • 13 GeordieTwo // Feb 27, 2016 at 6:49 PM

    3-0 to West Brom. One of the worst teams in the Prem who couldn’t even play in our half when we faced them! Hahahahahahaha!!!

  • 14 Jib // Feb 27, 2016 at 6:51 PM

    It would be the irony of ironies if we survived and Pardew took CP down.

  • 15 GeordieTwo // Feb 27, 2016 at 6:54 PM

    I have to say, this convinces me that you have to be mad to want to be a football manager. Even Mourinho got sacked this season. The players can make a man look like a complete idiot so easily. Look how they’re doing it for McCarver! Hahahahahaha. I shouldn’t laugh but some of these overpaid louts deserve nothing but a kick up the jacksie!!!

  • 16 GeordieTwo // Feb 27, 2016 at 6:57 PM

    Ahhhh it’s 3-1 now I see. Pardew is a genius again. 😆

  • 17 Jib // Feb 27, 2016 at 7:00 PM

    To be fair Cabaye is giving it a good shot but he’s an artist surrounded by artisans , he ain’t going to get picked for Les Bleus on this kind of showing.

  • 18 andrew84 // Feb 27, 2016 at 7:00 PM


    You’ll never get anything like that from Ed – as much as I respect him for running the blog, he is the grand master of passing judgment on account of hindsight, as shown with his comments on McClaren. Ed loved him when we first appointed him.

  • 19 GeordieTwo // Feb 27, 2016 at 7:01 PM

    I wondered about Pardew’s early success with Palace, but he did it with us as well. I can’t say I really understand how it works. One minute successful (5th place finish for us), the next thing he can’t win a match. How does that work exactly unless he destroys the players in training somehow?

  • 20 GeordieTwo // Feb 27, 2016 at 7:05 PM

    Anybody have any new theories about Pardew? Early success followed by a complete crash, repeated over and over again. Bizarre.

  • 21 Jib // Feb 27, 2016 at 7:06 PM

    Cabaye just got buttocked

  • 22 Jib // Feb 27, 2016 at 7:08 PM

    I think Pardew is like those buildings in a Spaghetti Western
    All facade nothing behind

  • 23 cyprus // Feb 27, 2016 at 7:09 PM

    Cabaye has been equally poor as the rest of them. Bolasie ok he good

  • 24 cyprus // Feb 27, 2016 at 7:11 PM

    Incredible Whickam goal

  • 25 GeordieTwo // Feb 27, 2016 at 7:12 PM

    3-2 now. Quiet please, genius at work…. 😆

  • 26 Jib // Feb 27, 2016 at 7:47 PM

    Bolasie – he bad

  • 27 beermonkey // Feb 27, 2016 at 7:52 PM

    show the king a bit of respect
    or he will come round and demand your dinner

    as pards would say its good to the king

  • 28 Jib // Feb 27, 2016 at 7:53 PM


  • 29 Mister Tuff // Feb 27, 2016 at 8:03 PM

    Jib Jibberish – your latest mischief saying I am Online Guy is laughable and quite pathetic.
    You insulted the bloke last night calling him a cu@t – you are a scumbag from the gutter.

  • 30 Jib // Feb 27, 2016 at 8:20 PM

    Mr Tuff
    Multiples are the curse of any blog
    Please grow up and leave us alone

  • 31 BandB // Feb 27, 2016 at 9:30 PM

    Eight o’clock on a Saturday night, and even the troll quit in disgust.

    “laughable and quite pathetic.”
    “Please grow up and leave us alone”

    What a shame you two can’t take your own advice.

  • 32 beermonkey // Feb 27, 2016 at 10:02 PM

    well more than happy the results went our way today
    both swans and norwich have tough mid week games and i think they meet next week end

    good opportunity for us

    palace have sunderland in there next game pards must be dreading that but i would like to see palace win it

  • 33 Munster Mag // Feb 27, 2016 at 10:20 PM

    Rotunda, in my defence i only ever said pardew was an average or below average manager. I never said he was good, and i dont think he is good. That said, some of your comments on him are looking very accurate and fair play to you for that. U may not believe it but i am v happy watching palace struggle. I have friends and in law who are palace fans. And seeing ian wright eat his own jocks is never a bad thing. Also tbe scouse journalist who ludicrously asked why pardew wasnt being considered for man u must feel like a tool now.

  • 34 toonking // Feb 27, 2016 at 10:50 PM

    Decided to spend most the day out so missed most the action will be able to see some from highlights but overall I get the impression villa, scums norwich and swansea will save us from relegation and maybe even palace if pardew does a charver. I can’t see palace going down even with a consistant loss because those 3 teams will save them too. Parjew will have a better excuse with them
    “we’ve got wembley waiting for us thanks to a great reward fixture having defeated spurs in FA cup”

    Kept a close eye on leicesteer city updates during the day and was thinking it would be a draw but they did a sir alex ferguson to see themselves get the win and move 5 points ahead of second.

  • 35 21st Century Schizoid Man // Feb 27, 2016 at 10:50 PM

    Idiocracy is really a troll who left this blog five years ago and has now come back to realise he is the most civilised blogger.

  • 36 jane // Feb 27, 2016 at 10:59 PM

    Palace premier league positions

    92/93 – 20th
    94/95 – 19th
    97/98 – 20th
    04/05 – 18th
    13/14 – 11th
    14/15 – 10th

    for teams like Palace remaining in the premier league should be a realistic expectation.

  • 37 jane // Feb 27, 2016 at 11:07 PM

    last game of the season could see Spurs needing to win to win the league and Newcastle needing points to stay up.

  • 38 toonincheek // Feb 28, 2016 at 2:07 AM

    jane –

    The last game of the season could also see Spurs not needing the points but us needing the win to avoid relegation AT THE EXPENSE OF CRYSTAL PALACE.

    Hmmm – difficult one, that.

    Please pass this on to your associates.

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