After the last round of games in which we lost 1-0 at Stoke and Bournemouth beat Southampton 2-0 at home the Cherries are now 8 points ahead of us although we have a game in hand – against Manchester City at home.
So if we are to rescue ourselves and climb the table these are must win games for us with Bournemouth being 6th bottom of the league.
The conventional wisdom was that Steve McClaren needed to get 4 points from these two games so it will be interesting to see what happens if we don´t win this game tomorrow against an in-form Bournemouth team who have a much weaker squad than Newcastle have..
Steve McClaren – on Wednesday night at Stoke
We expect nothing will happen since the club seems to be willing to stick with McClaren even if he takes us down to the Championship.
Why – we have no idea – it seems like suicide to us.
Three is a report in the Mail today saying McClaren will be fired if he loses the game but what happens if we draw?
We have already waited too long and people like Lee Charnley running the club are simply incompetent in the roles they are in.
Steve will hold his press conference for the game today and we expect him to say how well we played and we didn´t deserve to lose and but for that great save by Jack Butland in stoppage time from Seydou Doumbia, we would have got the point.
But it seems a point was our only goal at Stoke, which in itself wasn´t good enough, especially when we had over two weeks to prepare for the game..