Newcastle moved to second bottom of the league tied on points with Norwich and Sunderland, after Sunderland picked up a point in a 2-2 home draw against Crystal Palace and it was former Liverpool striker Fabio Borini who equalized in stoppage time for the Black Cats.
That point moved them above both Newcastle and Norwich on goal difference and out of the bottom three.
But Bournemouth had an excellent 2-0 win at home to Southampton to move eight points ahead of Newcastle who have two games in hand – but it looks like the Cherries are picking up points well with 4 points from their last two games.
Fabio Borini equalized in stoppage time for Sunderland
Bournemouth are at St. James’ Park on saturday which is another crucial match for Newcastle and a must win game.
Norwich lost again, this time a 2-1 home loss to Chelsea and now have the same goal difference as Newcastle at -22 but have scored 4 more goals than us (31 versus 27) and Sunderland’s goal difference is -19.
Aston Villa were beaten 3-1 at home by Everton for their 18th defeat in 28 games and all looks lost for Villa as they are 8 points adrift of safety and 9 points if you count goal difference.
There are now 8 points between 4th bottom Sunderland and 6th bottom Bournemouth and 9 points if you consider goal difference – and a gap is starting to open up and it looks like it’s any two from Newcastle, Norwich, Sunderland and Swansea for the drop.
It’s ridiculous when you consider the squad Bournemouth have and Newcastle’s squad yet we are 8 points adrift of the Cherries.
There’s something wrong somewhere with Newcastle.
A defeat tomorrow at Stoke should send the alarm bells ringing at Newcastle and if they don’t they should.
Swansea visit Arsenal tomorrow night and while that would usually be a home banker, the Gunners’ form has been erratic of late.
The Newcastle Board and Mike Ashley need to wake up from their in-denial state, and realise fully we are in very serious trouble of going down this season.
Newcastle must get something out of out game at Stoke tomorrow night.
Here are the standings after tonight’s games.