Let’s Keep Believing – Three Wins Can Do It


Sunderland got a 0-0 draw against a poor Arsenal side at the Stadium of Light today, so they go above the drop zone on 31 points – level with Norwich but with a better goal difference.

Sunderland and Norwich both have a game in hand on us.

Newcastle are on 30 points with three games to go and certainly the next two games – at home to Crystal Palace and away to Aston Villa are games we can win.

If we can do that then we could (should) be in with a chance of saving ourselves in the final game of the season at home to Spurs.

Wins are what’s going to save one of the three teams battling it out against relegation and we are top favorites to go down with Villa.

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Rafa Benitez – keep believing

But if we can continue the form of the last three games, we could certainly win the next two games – and then it would all depend on the final home game of the season.

Leicester didn’t miss Jamie Vardy much at all today in their 4-0 win over Swansea at the King Power Stadium – and his replacement – Argentine Leonardo Ulloa – scored another two goals.

That takes Leicester to 76 points from 35 games – 8 points above Tottenham – and they now need 5 points from the last three games to ensure their first Premier League title ever, after being rock bottom of the league last season with only 9 games to play.

Incredible.

Tottenham are at home to West Brom tomorrow night.

If The Foxes have won the title before we play Tottenham at home on 15th May, that could even help Newcastle, since Spurs will likely finish 2nd in the league no matter what the result against Newcastle.

Not that it will be an easy game against Spurs.

It could well be we need to win that game to survive and we have to remember that Sunderland have a better goal difference than Newcastle.

The good news is that we are much better positioned now then we were three games ago after the terrible defeat at Southampton and we are playing a lot better too – especially at home.

The lads have three games to play and it looks like if we can win them all we could be safe.

Since we have only won seven games all season long  that will not be easy.

But we do have Rafa Benitez starting to get some good performances and results out of the side – and the players are responding to their new boss well – although it’s taken some time to get things sorted out.

And as Rafa keep saying – keep believing.

That’s about all we can do – anything is still possible this season – including the great escape for Newcastle.

And fortune favors the brave too.

Here’s the bottom of the Premier League and we play two of those teams shown – Crystal Palace and Aston Villa in our next two games.

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

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121 comments so far

  • Tsunki

    Apr 24, 2016 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #1

    Soon it’ll be a

    “Only two wins of 6-0 each and Norwich and Sunderland to lose all their games 6-0”

    Article.

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  • Ron Knee

    Apr 24, 2016 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #2

    I wouldn’t be surprised if we disappointed against Palace and Villa, and beat Spurs.

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  • Jib

    Apr 24, 2016 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #3

    Weirdly on SuperSunday Jamie and Thierry are talking about this very thing and both think we’ll stay up !

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  • Tsunki

    Apr 24, 2016 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #4

    Ron the script is virtually writing itself.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 24, 2016 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #5

    Two wins and a draw might do it. I’m being optimistic I know. Norwich have Aresenal and ManU next so there’s a good chance they get no points from those two. Sunderland have Stoke and Chelsea so I’m hoping nothing for them. If we win both of ours we’re ahead to stay.

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  • Ron Knee

    Apr 24, 2016 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #6

    Tsunki

    Who wrote the part about the resurgent Sunderland?

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  • wolfshead@toon

    Apr 24, 2016 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #7

    lol ron it wouldnt be out of character after two excellent results to f*** up against similiar / weaker opposition

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  • Ron Knee

    Apr 24, 2016 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #8

    G2

    Are you relying on Arsenal to do us another favour? Steady on!

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  • Tsunki

    Apr 24, 2016 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #9

    Well city and Liverpool had compelling reasons to beat us but couldn’t. By the time we meet spurs, by rights, they shouldn’t either.

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  • bettyswallocks

    Apr 24, 2016 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #10

    I have already made the point on here that those on this blog who are.gloating about us being relegated, and there are quite a few, as it’s nothing less than Ashley deserves are being totally disrespectful to the history of this club and to the fans who are committed to supporting the club for its results on the pitch as oppose to its politics and hatred of the owner.

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  • Ron Knee

    Apr 24, 2016 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #11

    wolfshead

    It would be typical!

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  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 24, 2016 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #12

    Everything still to play for. Based on our season it’s the best we could have hoped for. Without Rafa it would already have been done and dusted. If we win the next two and Spurs can’t take the title that last game will mean nothing for them.

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  • Tsunki

    Apr 24, 2016 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #13

    I don’t think anyone is celebrating our impending doom. But it is understandable that some may accept the beating in exchange for the knowledge that it will also cause a measure of deserved punishment from the Fat Benefactor.

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  • Tsunki

    Apr 24, 2016 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #14

    For the Fat Benefactor! We’ve had enough FROM the bloke! 🙂

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  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 24, 2016 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #15

    Yes Ron mate. Arsenal need to buck up and play well against Norwich. Wenger has to get them sorted!

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  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 24, 2016 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #16

    Fat benefactor oot!!!

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  • Bobbybee

    Apr 24, 2016 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #17

    Oh look, Ed’s with me lmao! Some on here have us in division one in a seasons time before this one even ends. Hope you didn’t pay too much for those crystal balls – they’re faulty. If you’ve not got hope and belief, what have you got? We might not get nine points, but there’s still a chance. We’re playing better football and the lads are responding to Rafa. When all hope is gone, be as glum as you like – i certainly will be – but until then, BELIEVE and hope. Honestly, giving your support to the team you claim to be a fan of really doesn’t hurt. Until all is lost HOWAY THE LADS!!!

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  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 24, 2016 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #18

    We can definitely do it now with Rafa in charge. Six points from the next 2 are crucial but doable Bobbybee.

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  • Belfast

    Apr 24, 2016 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #19

    Odds still stacked against us imo looking at Sunderlands fixtures I could see them picking up points easily enough. We could even win all three games and still not stay up.

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  • killit the bulb

    Apr 24, 2016 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #20

    here we are again. scratting around for a point or a miracle. It’ll be terrible if we went down on goal difference, but that could be the reality, so then you look back over the season to the batterings we took week in week out, Knacker Ned shouting “I can do it, give me another 10 games and judge me then” and he had his chances. And turned into the biggest frauds to manage NUFC. The word Sackless was his to own….. right in both senses.

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  • Bobbybee

    Apr 24, 2016 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #21

    Seriously, i don’t think Arsene Wenger is even thinking about our plight, he wants to be in the CL. He’s done better in his job than we have in ours.
    Tsunki. Do you honestly believe he will care even one iota, compared to how we will feel? Oh great, we’ve gone down, but at least it hurt ashley so it might be worth it. That was EXACTLY my earlier point. You really couldn’t make it up. Anyone who feels or thinks along those lines just doesn’t get it at all. It will break my heart. Ashley will carry on regardless.

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  • Belfast

    Apr 24, 2016 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #22

    Stoke are absolutely awful at the moment. Everton much the same. Chelsea might turn up? Watford in rubbish form.

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  • soundoid

    Apr 24, 2016 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #23

    We need to thrash Palace and Villa hope palace lose all their remaining games with an eye on the cup final and get that idiot relegated.

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  • Bobbybee

    Apr 24, 2016 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #24

    G2, we’ve just held city and liverpool (away) to draws. Beating palace and villa are very doable and a must. There’s usually one twist and this season it could be us. A week ago we were 17/1 ON to go down. Doubt we’re still that. Why anybody would give up on us is just sureal. When the maths say we can’t do it, i’ll accept that and sulk 🙂 Until then, I’ll hope and pray and believe. Come on Newcastle!!!

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  • Bobbybee

    Apr 24, 2016 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #25

    Soundoid, think that boat has sailed mate, with their gd. We can match them on points if we win and they lose, but it would take a monstrous swing to catch them on gd. Love the spirit though marra!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 24, 2016 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #26

    Boobybee,
    I think you owe me an apology, I have been very cordial in my conversations with you of late even though you are a dick and a raving lunatic. And by the way I will be there on Saturday hoping we thump Palace and the mackems slip up but I, like many others think it is a little bit to late.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Apr 24, 2016 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #27

    Our former hero is in the fa cup final, well done couldn’t happen to nicer person.

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  • bettyswallocks

    Apr 24, 2016 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #28

    Tsunki…….. I agree with Bobby’s point at 21. Let’s get relegated as it will hurt Ashley never mind how much it hurts us. Why don’t we cut our noses off to spite our faces whilst we’re at it.

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  • Bobbybee

    Apr 24, 2016 at 7:45 PM

    Comment #29

    Jail, yup, i probably do and therefore, sorry i mistook you for that other clown, it’s an easy mistake to make. He spoke so much like you i thought it was you. 🙂 To be fair though, i was wrong and apologise for my error. Still think you’re a dick though. 🙂 x

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  • bettyswallocks

    Apr 24, 2016 at 7:46 PM

    Comment #30

    Well done Welshie.. Just what we need to hear at a time like this.

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  • Bobbybee

    Apr 24, 2016 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #31

    Jail, talking of cordial, please explain your heated comment when i was talking about plastic Leicester fans. I asked at yhe time but you scuttled off rather than reply.

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  • beermonkey

    Apr 24, 2016 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #32

    welshie wum is back in the building

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  • Bobbybee

    Apr 24, 2016 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #33

    Is that jail who swore he’d never enter SJP as long as Ashley was there? Surely a man of your standing wouldn’t be a hypocrite would he? I take it someone else is paying as you would never give him another penny. 🙂

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  • toon kk

    Apr 24, 2016 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #34

    Miracles may happen, but in reality we will go down, but the board only have themselves to blame for hanging onto Macca for so long and not strengthening our weaknesses.
    Our players have been diabolical nearly all season, so we are in the bottom three for a reason.
    It’s a shame we’ll be relegated but nice to see us going down fighting for a change.
    We can only hope Rafa stays and we bounce back up in a few seasons, hopefully because our players are very unpredictable and there form won’t garentee promotion.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Apr 24, 2016 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #35

    Was it something i said,

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 24, 2016 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #36

    Bobbybee,
    I think it was in response to you calling someone who doesn’t go to every game as a plastic fan, not being a die hard fan does not mean you are plastic. I get to ten ish ges a season under normal circumstances, does that make me a plastic fan?

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 24, 2016 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #37

    No Bobby,
    I said I wouldn’t go back unless I thought there was suitable investement and there was 80M spent. I may have said that in a fit of rage.

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  • Back Door Man

    Apr 24, 2016 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #38

    Those knobs here who can’t believe we’ll survive are simply revealing a broad déclassé streak; a real fan would recoil at the notion of slamming our chances!  

    Clearly, there’s a real demand for this band of simpering fools to prostrate themselves in abject, sobbing obeisance before those of us with faith. 

    Keep reminding yourselves that until it’s mathematically impossible it ain’t impossible.

    I was hugely disappointed that the Arsewipes didn’t stuff the scum in that awfully shabby tin shed today.  But, when I reviewed the table it REALLY didn’t look too bad at all.  We know what we have to do!  BDM is confident of success.

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  • Bobbybee

    Apr 24, 2016 at 8:03 PM

    Comment #39

    Jail, that was what you thought i’d said, but check back and i made no mention of ST’s, i was pointing out that Leicester fans managed an average crowd of 19k last time they were in the PL. Like i mistook hail for jail, you totally took what I said out of context, even making up words to put in my mouth. You knew immediately you’d made a clown of yourself, because ST’s were never mentioned – except by you. See how easy I apologised? We all make mistakes, how we respond makes us what we are. Over to you then. 😉

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  • andrew84

    Apr 24, 2016 at 8:09 PM

    Comment #40

    Welsh may have intended for that comment to be laced with clever sarcasm and irony, however he’s that much of a WUM at the best of times that it is impossible to know for sure.

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