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Newcastle Miss Their Chances – Survival Now Unlikely

5:16 pm, Saturday, May 7th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 45 Comments

Newcastle could only draw this game against Aston Villa at Villa Park and so Villa broke their 11 game losing run – and really Newcastle have only themselves to blame for not winning a game that was a must-win to stay in the Premier League.

With Sunderland coming back from 2-1 down at half time against Chelsea to win 3-2 they are now a point ahead of Newcastle and a win against Everton at the Stadium of Light on Wednesday night will see them survive and Newcastle be relegated.

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Papiss Cisse mishits a shot at Villa Park

But we had the chances to win this game with Jack Colback and Aleksandar Mitrovic missing golden opportunities they should really have put away.

This is a game we should have won and it now looks like we have little chance of surviving and it’s our away form that’s been the major culprit – we have only two wins and three draws in our 19 games on the road.

Any team with that record away form deserves to be relegated.

And with Middlesbrough getting promoted today it looks like Newcastle will be the only north-east club not in the Premier League next season.

Sunderland could slip up by failing to get two points in their last two games – but it now looks a little ominous for Newcastle.

If Sunderland manage to win on Wednesday the inquests will start on how exactly we managed to get relegated after spending £82M in the transfer market.

We hope that those responsible will be sacked – they have let the club down and its whole fan base around the world.

Shame on them.

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45 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Oleg G // May 7, 2016 at 5:18 PM

    Very sad and disappointed.

    We didn’t win against Villa. I mean, really. Villa?

    And how the F did Sunderland pulled that off?

  • 2 Veltmann // May 7, 2016 at 5:19 PM


  • 3 Sawbuck // May 7, 2016 at 5:20 PM

    How can any owner run a club so badly.. it seems impossible like Michelangelo screwing up the Sistine chapel.

  • 4 Jib // May 7, 2016 at 5:20 PM

    We can give Boro a wave as we pass each other in different directions

  • 5 SPRINGY // May 7, 2016 at 5:20 PM

    my man of the match…mbemba for putting in a good cross…….thats it….anita did ok tbh

  • 6 magpie6699 // May 7, 2016 at 5:20 PM

    I’m now thinking is there ANY chance Rafa would stay with us after relegation? Banners out next Sunday??

  • 7 toon kk // May 7, 2016 at 5:21 PM

    A expected result tbh.

  • 8 Jib // May 7, 2016 at 5:21 PM

    Funny old game (sigh)

  • 9 Dennis Twice // May 7, 2016 at 5:22 PM

    Attack Toon attack, attack!

  • 10 wolfshead@toon // May 7, 2016 at 5:22 PM

    we would have been better off getting rid of carr keeping pardew and letting him buy the players he wanted – FACT

  • 11 Lilongwe Geordie // May 7, 2016 at 5:22 PM

    Lilongwe Geordie // May 7, 2016 at 5:21 PM

    Blaming Rafa?? Blame the lazy arrogant sh1tes that pull on the shirt each week. If you can pick up points at White Hart Lane, home and away at Anfield and Old Trafford, plus at home against City then you without question have the ability to pick up more than 7 points from 18 agent the next 3 wort teams in the division.

    Not good enough. I’m sure people who ridiculed Fat Sam through the week for ‘losing the plot’ fell a tad foolish now.

  • 12 terencelim // May 7, 2016 at 5:23 PM

    Hail Wor Ashley WOOHOOOO!

  • 13 Tsunki // May 7, 2016 at 5:23 PM

    Just as I expected, villa would fit out the defensive performance of the season. If I was a horrible villa fan I wouldn’t be too chuffed they put in a performance like that now after the season they’ve had.

    At least we can draw comfort from Ashley learning lessons, paying Rafa to stay on and investing in a decent squad without having carr and charnley run the rule over it. Yeah, right.

  • 14 Lilongwe Geordie // May 7, 2016 at 5:24 PM

    against the next 3 worse teams….. Sorry, pretty frustrated at the moment and paying too little attention to typing.

  • 15 Charlie in the Gallowgate // May 7, 2016 at 5:24 PM

    well well
    disappointing results

    Give the tw*ts down the road for fighting back twice and getting the winner They deserve to stay up.

    Our shower huffed and puffed without any end product – could of played until Xmas wouldn’t of scored.

    To slow and ponderous pass sideways backwards – same old for the past 4 years.

    May be relegation wont be a bad thing – cannot go on huffing and puffing scratching about the bottom finishing 4th bottom year on year – does your heed in

    typical our lot leaving the appointment of Rafa to late.

    Don’t deserve to stay up when You cannot beat
    Villa home or Away
    Mackems home or Away
    Norwich home win

    Thats 6 points out of 18 points from teams in the relegation dogfight.

    Sh*t return

  • 16 ShirebrookToon // May 7, 2016 at 5:25 PM

    Can’t see Everton winning Wednesday so we’re down and out FFS!!!!!

  • 17 Jib // May 7, 2016 at 5:25 PM

    Sad day Lilo
    Not sure it’s the time for popping at fellow posters.
    But if it makes you feel good – go ahead.

  • 18 Lilongwe Geordie // May 7, 2016 at 5:26 PM


  • 19 toon kk // May 7, 2016 at 5:26 PM

    Rafa did get it wrong to a cirtain extent.
    But with no striker’s, at least it seems like it, it was always going to be tuff.

  • 20 thejokethatisnufc // May 7, 2016 at 5:27 PM

    Very sad day I’m so depressed Villa did it again atleast they go down aswell I hste the more than Sunderland

  • 21 mfw13 // May 7, 2016 at 5:28 PM

    When you can’t beat Aston Villa home or away you don’t deserve to stay up…

  • 22 Ron Knee // May 7, 2016 at 5:29 PM

    I was hoping Benitez would stay if the players at least showed some fight. On today’s showing he’d have every right to wash his hands of the sorry shower of sh*te.

  • 23 Charlie in the Gallowgate // May 7, 2016 at 5:29 PM

    where has Shelvey gone ?
    where has Saviet gone ?
    where has Doumbia gone ?

    all bought in the winter transfer winner !!!!!!!!!!!

  • 24 mfw13 // May 7, 2016 at 5:30 PM

    Today’s game shows how much we miss a player like Cabaye…..we really need a playmaking mid-fielder who can pull the strings…..our attacking play is far too predictable otherwise.

  • 25 toon kk // May 7, 2016 at 5:30 PM

    It wasn’t all about today, we’ve been the same most of the season.

  • 26 manxpie // May 7, 2016 at 5:30 PM

    Lilo yeah but it was all pardews fault all mcclarens fault too
    ya can’t have it both ways
    but today rafa I feel got it wrong
    how there wasn’t more urgency is beyond me but not having mitro or shelvey on is crazy against a team that has lost 10 in a row or whatever

  • 27 Bambams // May 7, 2016 at 5:30 PM

    The simple truth is our club has been run by ‘non football people’

    Eight or nine years now and Ashley still thought he knew better than other clubs.

    What did we expect !


    Falcons for me next year, just sick !

  • 28 Lilongwe Geordie // May 7, 2016 at 5:31 PM

    It doesn’t make me feel any better. You’ve had your fair few pops at fellow posters, probably not something you should be advising others on I’d say.

    I’d had a cracking day of football until I turned up to watch that. It was a dismal performance, which was probably made worse by the effort and work rate that Sunderland put in to getting back into the game. That we barely mustered a shot on goal in the opening 45 against the worst team in the league, a team on an 11 game losing streak, is pretty shocking.

    I said it with Pardew, Mclaren, Carver, the players lift themselves for big games against big clubs. This wasn’t one of those, so a lot didn’t turn up. The players are the ones who should take a huge share of the blame. With Rafa it was well in our hands. 2 from 9 against Sunderland, Norwich and Villa is what cost us. They were the big games, but not the window of opportunity games.

  • 29 Jib // May 7, 2016 at 5:32 PM

    Cannot argue with that

  • 30 Toonacious T // May 7, 2016 at 5:33 PM

    Cisse and Mitro are just not good enough finisher’s. They don’t score enough goals. Simple as that. Rafa has tightened us up at the back but he can’t put the ball in the bloody net for us now can he?

  • 31 toon kk // May 7, 2016 at 5:33 PM

    Cisse, Mitrovic and Perez not good enough strikers for the premier league, simple!

  • 32 Bobbybee // May 7, 2016 at 5:34 PM

    How anybody can blame Rafa is beyond me. He worked a minor miracle to get us this far. I enjoyed the last few weeks, but then reality spoiled it for me – as it tends to do. The blame lies fairly and squarely with charnley and carr for wasting 80 million and not buying a striker of renown and not strengthening at the back. Disaster.

  • 33 Lilongwe Geordie // May 7, 2016 at 5:34 PM

    I think if you go back I always said the players were culpable. I had issues with Pardew, less with McClaren, and very few with Carver. I’ve aways said everybody is culpable.

    As for today, he may have in my opinion got it wrong, but in my opinion he got it wrong other times and won (and lost). I do think we waited too long for the Perez and De Jong change,

  • 34 stuart no9 // May 7, 2016 at 5:34 PM

    big sam bought defoe – we didnt . full f”’ing stop

  • 35 Bri // May 7, 2016 at 5:35 PM

    I just hope next season when we are in the Championship we invest in players who are committed and actually give a damn.And as for you Graeme Carr, fcuk off.I don’t want anymore recommendations from you regarding players, otherwise it will be another relegation fight.

  • 36 toon kk // May 7, 2016 at 5:36 PM

    Leicester 1 up already, that’s what you call a premier league club with desire.

  • 37 SPRINGY // May 7, 2016 at 5:37 PM

    started the day nervous,i said yesterday i feared they would slip up..just coz we have been utter shite all season away and tbh lack the spines to win when needed,felt better at half time results going our way….end of the game….bloody misery……now…. angry at half arsed performances from players…gini today was the worst of all of them today….so slow and dilly dallying around dawdling movement and total lack of genuine care….the rest were mostly the shite we’ve seen the rest of the season….lacking creativity and when we get chances… second division finishing….ffs man.

  • 38 Lilongwe Geordie // May 7, 2016 at 5:41 PM

    You criticised many a poster for not being happy with the window last summer. Now it is all Carr and Charnley’s fault for not getting it right. I seem to remember you calling someone else out for changing there stance on something, does that apply here?

  • 39 NoahJ // May 7, 2016 at 5:45 PM

    with the sunderland win, i think even a win for us today would probably not be enough.

    still, we were so poor today- if we can’t get up for it against villa, when we need a win and had a decent chance of survival, then what chance did we stand?

    Also, the villa fans- bunch of classless clowns. fair enough protest against your stupid owners, but do it on your watch; some of us actually cared about the game today.

  • 40 manxpie // May 7, 2016 at 5:45 PM

    Lilo the can’t have it both ways comment wasn’t directed at you tbh but others who have just blamed the managers
    But today I do have blame on the set up and selection for this game
    they didn’t worry us once not once!
    Having 2 DM’s wasn’t right for me we needed to win

  • 41 m1c4a3l // May 7, 2016 at 5:47 PM

    You get what you put in and you make your own luck in life. The players just didn’t fancy it today.

    They probably sat looking through the fixtures before the game expecting Norwich and Sunderland to both get defeated today. Hoping they would stroll to victory and put all the pressure on the other teams except that has well and truly backfired. Sad times.

  • 42 JP...from The Rock // May 7, 2016 at 5:47 PM

    Perez is a good AM but he’s not a striker. Cisse is shite, that wonder season he once had seems decades ago. Mitro is too slow and doesn’t shoot enough when on the ball. Too wasteful and not a natural finisher. We are down after again the top clubs never do me a favour and never cease to kick me in the balls when I need them to get a result. Disgusted with our lot and more so with Ashley for leaving it sooo late to appoint Raffa.

    Fiizy pop league here we come again.. Hooray..NOT! Ashley is the true culprit and Charnley close behind.

    If We somehow manage to hold onto Rafa I’ll keep watching us in the lower division on the hope we form a backbone and get straight back up. If Raffa goes however I won’t waste my time with this club anymore.

  • 43 stuart no9 // May 7, 2016 at 5:48 PM

    colback, cisse, gini, soko and to be fair , if we are going to start from scratch , mitro- need to be on their way . we need to get back to basics , up and coming kids WITH TALENT and get raffa to gel them into a team FIT for the prem , Too many ”so called ” big players not good enough fot the championship never mind the prem .

  • 44 NoahJ // May 7, 2016 at 6:06 PM

    Season post-mortem:

    1. We hired an unqualified manager that no fan wanted

    2. We failed to sack said manager despite three clear indications to do so (after the 5-1 loss to Crystal Palace; FA cup loss to Watford; and the 5-1 loss to Chelsea).

    3. We have not been out of the bottom six for the entire season

    4. We have taken 9 points from a possible 57 away from home (averaging only just above a goal every other game)

    5. The brief was finishing in the top 8 and a cup run. We are ending the season relegated and advanced only one round (against Northampton town) in both cups combined

    How can I justify even being gutted when the conclusion is completely reasonable and expectable?

  • 45 Moonraker15 // May 7, 2016 at 6:19 PM

    We had excellent scoring chances and missed them so you can’t blame anyone but the players for not winning today. Rafa’s line up was cautious but stopped them scoring and, again we missed the chances. We are going down barring a miracle and I suppose people are entitled to say well you didn’t do f..all ww hen you were there so what’s the point in being there. I’m afraid there has to be a radical plan by the club otherwise a lot of supporters including myself will be saying wtf am I using up so much energy on a f…ing lost cause??

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