Tuesday’s Results Mixed For Newcastle – Now 2nd Bottom


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.

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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.

PosTeamGamesGDPoints
Crystal Palace38-1242
16Bournemouth38-2242
17Sunderland38-1439
18Newcastle38-2137
19 Norwich38-2834
20Aston Villa38-4917

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86 comments so far

  • manxpie

    Mar 1, 2016 at 10:27 PM

    Comment #1

    here’s a question who’s better ben arfa or mahrez?

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  • SPRINGY

    Mar 1, 2016 at 10:41 PM

    Comment #2

    manx
    mahrez seems to have a better work ethic,whereas ben arfa has more raw ability….but mahrez would get more starts from teams in the premier league then ben arfa goin off the last season or so…..just a my view like.

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  • kingkong

    Mar 1, 2016 at 10:41 PM

    Comment #3

    think they look very similiar. ben arfa may have more talent but mahrez is a better team player

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  • manxpie

    Mar 1, 2016 at 10:45 PM

    Comment #4

    well for me mahrez is way way better so consistant in both scoring and assists and as you say wat makes a premier league player
    him n vardy bargains of the century by a long way

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  • NoahJ

    Mar 1, 2016 at 10:47 PM

    Comment #5

    bournemouth are safe now- they’re playing well- it’s between use, sunderland, norwich and swansea

    as gutted I was for sunderland to equalise in the last minute, I’d easily have taken this result + the norwich result at the start of the night, especially as sunderland we winning

    If we get even 2 points in our two games in hand (albeit against man city and stoke), then we’ll be in a strong position

    as merson would say “we have a free swing” against stoke

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  • jane

    Mar 1, 2016 at 10:52 PM

    Comment #6

    in the 7 matches Norwich, Sunderland, Swansea and Villa have played since we last played these teams have only picked up one point between them and it was nearly none. surely we couldn’t ask for much better than that.

    so now we can afford to lose our 2 games in hand 🙂

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  • manxpie

    Mar 1, 2016 at 11:07 PM

    Comment #7

    wonder if jail has come to his senses yet lol?
    he must’ve been pissed earlier?

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  • SPRINGY

    Mar 1, 2016 at 11:07 PM

    Comment #8

    hoping we’ll get at least 5 points from next four games…but it could 3 or 6 depending on how things go

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  • manxpie

    Mar 1, 2016 at 11:12 PM

    Comment #9

    could be 0-1-2 or 4 aswell springy lol
    i’m thinking 6 tho when the hell do we find out when we play city tho?
    its been ages since we even knew we wouldn’t be playing them

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  • Lindisfarne

    Mar 1, 2016 at 11:13 PM

    Comment #10

    “Believe me, we’ve tried every formation and system of personnel you could imagine.”

    http://www.theguardian.com/football/2016/mar/01/newcastle-steve-mcclaren-stoke

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  • SPRINGY

    Mar 1, 2016 at 11:16 PM

    Comment #11

    manx
    ya right like…. with this team could be anything points wise…..nee idea mate when we play man city tbh.

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Mar 1, 2016 at 11:19 PM

    Comment #12

    Watched the bournemouth game tonight – don’t fancy our chances if they play like they did tonight miles better than Southampton.

    Looks like it could be three from four to go down and sadly most likely us with Norwich and Villa.

    Got a funny feeling if we loose tomorrow and Saturday McLaren is a gonna.

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  • manxpie

    Mar 1, 2016 at 11:19 PM

    Comment #13

    on that link lindi …………”.We notice you’re using an ad-blocker. Perhaps you’ll support us another way? Become a Supporter for JUST £50 per a year” eeeeeeeeeerrrrrrrrrrrrrr no thanks cheeky barstewards! lol

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  • SPRINGY

    Mar 1, 2016 at 11:20 PM

    Comment #14

    lindisfarne
    that article hardly builds the confidence does it….almost sounds like he’s grasping at straws and maybe leaning towards blaming players abilities.

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  • manxpie

    Mar 1, 2016 at 11:21 PM

    Comment #15

    charlie i never seen it but on sky it sounded like forster made some absolute clangers? is that true?

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  • JamesToon

    Mar 1, 2016 at 11:22 PM

    Comment #16

    We need to go 4-4-2/4-4-1-1 get the basics rights play it simple

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  • JamesToon

    Mar 1, 2016 at 11:23 PM

    Comment #17

    Very worried about our next 2 games

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  • SPRINGY

    Mar 1, 2016 at 11:24 PM

    Comment #18

    charlie
    the midfielder for bournemouth…..arter..i believe it is…how’d he play?…..he’s looked good in a few games…busy player.

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  • manxpie

    Mar 1, 2016 at 11:27 PM

    Comment #19

    i was only messin springy but surely now with the injuries clearing up finally (which i feel alot of people have either forgotten or just stupidly dismissed) we should start seeing better performances aswell as more options
    we certainly need cisse and doumbia to really step up!

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  • SPRINGY

    Mar 1, 2016 at 11:27 PM

    Comment #20

    james
    stoke is a game im not expecting anything from tbh….so if we get anything, to me its a bonus…..bournemouth home is a must.

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Mar 1, 2016 at 11:30 PM

    Comment #21

    manxpie
    deffo at fault for second goal – first goal mm maybe
    Springy
    Arter played well – in fact they all did – Southy looked poor like, Bournemouth were in their faces all game never gave them time to settle.
    The lad from Wolves – why the F88k did we not go for him – bargain – scored again – oh sorry plays in England not good enough – we go for some foreigner – DUMDUM I think they call him has not played a competitive game this season not fit looks older than me and I’m 60 plus – typical TOON

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Mar 1, 2016 at 11:32 PM

    Comment #22

    How’s about this for end of season Scenario

    we need to stay up.
    Spuds need to win to win the premiership
    Result – Draw
    we go down
    spuds runners up!!!

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  • SPRINGY

    Mar 1, 2016 at 11:34 PM

    Comment #23

    manxpie
    can only see one of doumbia or cisse starting if mitro fit…and thats only if he decides to change the shape of the team….if mitro has been struggling for fitness rest him no point pushing him and possibly crockin him for the next 2-3 games….but i really dont know what side will be out tomorrow i expect it will be the usual 4-2-3-1…which to me has really worked.

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  • manxpie

    Mar 1, 2016 at 11:36 PM

    Comment #24

    cheers charlie and i’m with you on buying from the championship as i said earlier today surely there’s better defenders in the championship than a player in europe that has to totally accustom to this country aswell as the club and everything else
    afobe was i think an arsenal product aswell probably the best apprentiship you can get now a days

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  • SPRINGY

    Mar 1, 2016 at 11:38 PM

    Comment #25

    charlie
    im hoping that game means nowt cause if it does mean something to us….that will be one twitchy arsed day!!lol

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  • manxpie

    Mar 1, 2016 at 11:40 PM

    Comment #26

    charlie i prefer we win and spurs lose the title and we beat villa and absolutley hammer them with as many banners as we are allowed thats my dream

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  • manxpie

    Mar 1, 2016 at 11:44 PM

    Comment #27

    springy i’d rather start with either cisse or doumbia tbh and bring on mitro later on ala spurs game
    simply they have more pace and make better runs
    and lets face it he or perez hasn’t worked well away from home

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  • SPRINGY

    Mar 1, 2016 at 11:44 PM

    Comment #28

    manxpie
    what formation u prefer?

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  • Toonacious T

    Mar 1, 2016 at 11:46 PM

    Comment #29

    Manxpie, thanks for your response on previous thread. I had given up hope tbh! I just can’t see us beatinh Stoke with a Taylor and Lascelles at CB. Taylor has one good game every now and then so hopefully it is tomorrow. I thought Van Djik was one of the few Southampton players to emerge out of tonights game witb some credit but no point going over that old ground. I reckon we will need to score three goals to win tomorrow night and that really would be a miracle.

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  • manxpie

    Mar 1, 2016 at 11:48 PM

    Comment #30

    elliot
    janmaat saylor lascelles dummet

    townsend tiote shelvey aarons

    doumbia
    mitro

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  • manxpie

    Mar 1, 2016 at 11:52 PM

    Comment #31

    4411 but with proper width and pace ala leicester
    that means its as gpod defensively as it is attacking i know gini is out but he hasn’t showed anything away from home and him and perez to come on will worry any team

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  • manxpie

    Mar 1, 2016 at 11:59 PM

    Comment #32

    toonacious tbf saylor when fit has done very well for us he just seems to get the brunt of stick for some reason
    but stoke haven’t got a prolific striker either
    so we certainly have a chance

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  • SPRINGY

    Mar 2, 2016 at 12:00 AM

    Comment #33

    manxpie
    not sure if aarons is match sharp so i would go with townsend there and have sissoko on the right….but do get where ya coming from about pace…..and gini….has’nt done it away starting so maybe from the bench,but i really cant see macca having the stones to drop gini, sissoko or townsend for that matter(not that he should mind)thats why i expect…
    ——————————-elliot———————————
    janmaat———–taylor——–lascelles———-dummet
    ——————tiote/saivet—–shelvey———————-
    sissoko———————gini———————townsend
    ————————mitro/doumbia————————–
    one of two from saivet/tiote and mitro/doumbia.

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  • SPRINGY

    Mar 2, 2016 at 12:03 AM

    Comment #34

    this game in a weird way might actually suit taylor and lascelles….if walters plays,he’s more of a battler not to pacey.

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  • SPRINGY

    Mar 2, 2016 at 12:06 AM

    Comment #35

    whereas if colo was playing against walters(if he plays) he would struggle with his strength

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  • manxpie

    Mar 2, 2016 at 12:07 AM

    Comment #36

    aye tbf springy i can’t either lol
    but sisko needs dropping for me as he really doesn’t have a position he’s part cm and part rw so needs it just to focus him if nothing else and he’s been shocking most of the season and i think we need to keep it tight but worry them at the same time and then bring on more power and pace with the both of thembut wat do i know lol

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  • SPRINGY

    Mar 2, 2016 at 12:12 AM

    Comment #37

    manxpie
    for a big bloke sissoko is weak in the challenge and heading….with his physique and running he should be dominating cm but he lacks the work ethic and sense of danger and that quality control a good cm have, so we use his other asset his running ability….he has’nt been great but he does get assists and gets in attacking positions,which the rest of the team have struggled to do….but like you…what do i know!lol

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  • SPRINGY

    Mar 2, 2016 at 12:15 AM

    Comment #38

    with colo and mbemba apparently out the next 2 games and mbabu not due back till at least the weekend….is taylor and lascelles it at cb….who else is there?….cant think of anyone!

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  • SPRINGY

    Mar 2, 2016 at 12:17 AM

    Comment #39

    i shudder at the thought of the pace and movement of vardy against taylor and lascelles in a few weeks!

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  • MadisonToon

    Mar 2, 2016 at 12:21 AM

    Comment #40

    SPRINGY

    I agree about the problem with pace for our defense. Really, we are in the situation where we need to score more goals than the other team as we can’t expect to keep clean sheets against anyone with the backline that we have. Unfortunately, McClaren hasn’t gotten any of our strikers firing so the ‘outscore-them’ model is unlikely to work.

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