Newcastle In Danger Of Not Getting Automatic Promotion

Newcastle have done well against the good teams in the Championship this season and we have managed to beat teams like Brighton, Leeds and Reading, but we have also had too many shocking results against poor sides.

We have lost twice to 2nd bottom Blackburn, lost to Wolves who are 5th bottom and on Saturday we somehow got only one point out of the home game against Bristol City – and they had lost 10 of their last 13 league games.

We still have to play Burton Albion and Wigan Athletic at home over a span of 5 days in April and how many Newcastle fans think we can get 6 points from those two games?

Rafa Benitez – can manager sort things out?

Given the talented team we have and where we are positioned in the league table, these should be home bankers but they won’t be and that’s been Newcastle’s Achilles heel this season.

Just in case we thought it was gong to be easy this season we managed to lose our first two league games and that in itself was a real shock.

The inability to beat relegation fighting sides at home could still cost us that automatic promotion spot and it’s by no means certain that we will finish in the top two.

We look OK at the moment but these next 3 games coming up away from home can quickly change that.

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If you think what has happened in the last three seasons at Newcastle, there have been too many perfect storms where everything seems to go against us.

We hope this season is different and that Rafa can fix the problems and we can get on another good winning streak and tie up promotion as soon as possible.

If we don’t finish in the top two then the playoffs are going to further test the frayed nerves of Newcastle fans everywhere.


It’s never been easy supporting Newcastle United and they always seem to make things difficult.

If we can win games and tie up promotion soon, that will be a big change and a huge relief too, given everything we have been through with the club over the last three or four years.

A win at Brighton tonight would be  a good start to doing just that.

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44 comments so far

  • Blofal

    Feb 28, 2017 at 8:00 AM

    Comment #1

    I’m hoping to see Elliot in goal. He deserves his chance. This is the team I would like to see..

    Yedlin – Hanley – Clarke – Dummett
    Ritchie – Shelvey – Colback – Atsu
    ———-Mitrovic – Murphy

  • Bambams

    Feb 28, 2017 at 8:02 AM

    Comment #2

    Been up early and spent some time looking at our remaining fixtures. You can never accurately predict what points we will get, I am just so frustrated with the games and points we have thrown away that had we cut them out we would of been out of sight at the top.

    We are all looking to blame Ashley for not releasing the cash in the window but I also feel at this stage especially at home when Gayle is missing we should play two up front.

    One striker allows the opposition to put two on him.

    Anyway what do I know, Rafa has the experience and we are top scorers still and in an automated promotion spot – at the moment.

    What 4 points would do over next three games especially if we could beat Huddersfield.

    I wonder if I will ever be able to relax and watch our team !

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Feb 28, 2017 at 8:08 AM

    Comment #3

    I don’t think you will be able to relax – going to go to the wire

    TWO out of THREE won’t go…

    Fixtures up tp international break and the points I think we/teams will have going into April Mayhem of 7 games

    Brighton & Hove Albion v Newcastle United Tue 28 Feb HOME
    March 2017
    Huddersfield Town v Newcastle United Sat 4 Mar HOME?
    Reading v Newcastle United Tue 7 Mar DRAW
    Newcastle United v Fulham Sat 11 Mar DRAW
    Birmingham City v Newcastle United Sat 18 Mar WIN

    75 points going into APRIL

    Brighton & Hove Albion v Newcastle United Tue 28 Feb HOME
    March 2017
    Nottingham Forest v Brighton & Hove Albion Sat 4 Mar AWAY
    Rotherham United v Brighton & Hove Albion Tue 7 Mar AWAY
    Brighton & Hove Albion v Derby County Fri 10 Mar HOME
    Leeds United v Brighton & Hove Albion Sat 18 Mar

    83 points going into APRIL

    TBA -Wolverhampton Wanderers v Huddersfield Town Tue 28
    Huddersfield Town v Newcastle United Sat 4 Mar HOME
    Huddersfield Town v Aston Villa Tue 7 Mar HOME
    Brentford v Huddersfield Town Sat 11 Mar DRAW
    Bristol City v Huddersfield Town Fri 17 Mar AWAY

    75 points going into APRIL with a game in hand

    If it was not for our defensive lapses mistooks in February
    we would be just about home and hosed…
    2points QPR leading 2-1 until the 90th minute Clark – Darlow cock-up
    2 points Norwich leading 1-0 nil Lascalles – Darlow cock-ups for both goals.
    2 points Bristol City Player might of been off-side but was given far to much room, Dummett – Darlow cock-up

    them 6 points would have us on 76 points.


    Not coinfident for the next four games…
    Defence and Darlow not on the same wave-length at the minute cock-upafter cock-up

    We only have one goalscorer who has scored more than 10 goals – Gayle who is out for the unseen future.

    Brighton have 4 that have scored 10 goals or more.

    Also huddersfield will have a advantage over us on Saturday as they will rest most of their team for their cup tie with City.

  • JamesToon

    Feb 28, 2017 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #4

    At least 5 points from next 3 games is crucial

    Never been so nervous for a championship game…

  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 28, 2017 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #5

    shameless clickbait headline there Ed. How about a positive spin like ”win tonight puts us back top”

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 28, 2017 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #6

    A lot of danger in the Headlines today.
    ”Also huddersfield will have a advantage over us on Saturday as they will rest most of their team for their cup tie with City”
    Not sure I quite understand that bit.
    Is it this coping mechanism someone mentioned that has people clucking in to their keyboards like a load of old women?

  • one fine day

    Feb 28, 2017 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #7

    Rafa bingo line up
    Yedlin Lascelles (c) Clark Dummett
    Shelvey Colback
    Ritchie Diame Atsu
    Score 1.1

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Feb 28, 2017 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #8

    I just think they will be a lot fresher because their manager will put out a reserve team tonight

    Coping: and at the minute I don’e think they are coping:
    i) Far to many mistakes
    ii) Lack of confidence in our back four on the ball so take easy option of a backpass which puts extra pressure on Darlow – like Saturday 12 back passes in first half
    iii) Ain’t got a goalscorer who is firing. Been a one trick pony with Gayle
    iv) Rely to much on Shelvey

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Feb 28, 2017 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #9

    Brighton have not been playing well in the last few games they have been as lucky as us to get the points as we have been!

    Apart from the Reading game where they exposed Stam’s tactical naivety to the full they have been very lucky to get wins and have had a lot of decisions go their way as well!

    Knockhaert to be snuffed out by Dummett and Gouffran again and Diame to score the winner for the toon tonight!! COME ON!!

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Feb 28, 2017 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #10

    Oh and I would play Murphy up front tonight as well from the start


    Feb 28, 2017 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #11

    So Darlow did give Dummett a shout then and he didn’t hear him or ignored him

    Also why are Huddersfield going to rest players against Man City?

  • AncientC

    Feb 28, 2017 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #12

    Insigne is being linked with Arsenal, and Tielemans to Everton. It is going to be slim pickings in the summer at this rate.

    Bony will be available, if Ashley feels like sanctioning money on a 28 year old – which seems unlikely.


    Feb 28, 2017 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #13

    Confirmed rafa bingo
    Think goofy will get the nod ahead of atsu to help out defensively,and diame over perez for strength in the middle of the pitch.


    Feb 28, 2017 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #14

    Tbf we will never find a CM because Everton want a team consisting of 10 of them and Lukaku

    Nar just because they are linked with them doesn’t mean they’ll go there. Slim pickings is a stretch mate

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Feb 28, 2017 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #15

    Huddersfield rested six for the first cup-tie

  • AncientC

    Feb 28, 2017 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #16

    WW, Everton being linked Tielemans means they are not the only Premier League club looking at him. Where do you think the money is going to come from to compete with PL, La Liga, Serie A, Chinese, even Ligue 1 clubs, in the summer.

    Slim pickings sounds accurate to me. Even clubs like Marseille & Lyon have money to spend now.

    Thinking we will have a chance of signings Insigne & Tielemans is what I would call a stretch.


    Feb 28, 2017 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #17

    We have had such a good away form this season that i keep worrying the when the wheels will come off our away form….tricky few games coming up so if its to happen this could be the time so its a big big test to come thru….but then we have to have a winning run at home from now till the end of the season because if things get tight and the pressure mounts…we look the weaker minded and more likely to buckle…..and the play offs are all about pressure…not good.

  • jimmygscot

    Feb 28, 2017 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #18

    Hate to say it the team needs freshening up. Lack of activity in transfer window has come back yo bite them.
    Hanley needs to be in centre of defence instead of Lascelles, Elliott in goal and why not play Mbewa alongside Shelvey.

  • JamesToon

    Feb 28, 2017 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #19

    Ancient C

    I think if we keep rafa in the summer he will give us the edge over every prem team apart from the typical top 7/8


    Feb 28, 2017 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #20

    Did they? Hope they do again then, Man City sticking a few past them will rattle there confidence

  • AncientC

    Feb 28, 2017 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #21

    JamesToon, it’s going to be a very competitive market in the summer. Here is hoping Ashley releases some cash on top of what Benitez can raise.


    Feb 28, 2017 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #22

    Time will tell. Pretty sure we will have plenty options come summer just need to get there first

  • AncientC

    Feb 28, 2017 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #23

    WW, maybe Benitez can raid the Real Madrid & Barcelona youth sides. It worked for Wenger, although it’s a work in progress going that path.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Feb 28, 2017 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #24

    yeah they did – brought them on near the end to try and get a winner.

    Also – depends on what team Man city puts out to!!!!

    Also: Don’t know what their bookings count is but they had five booked against Barnsley.

  • cyprus

    Feb 28, 2017 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #25

    Another score draw tonight, not bad. Elliot will get his chance but his error will go unpunished.

    Sticking my neck out there, with 3 predictions 😉


    Feb 28, 2017 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #26

    Tbh am not fussed if they win or lose. If they win more games and if they lose hit to confidence neither worry me

    Ideally they win and it stretches their squad further

    Plus Wagner starts his touchline ban so let’s hope that hurts them aswell

  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 28, 2017 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #27


    i think it’s fairly apparent huddersfield will prioritise promotion rather than risking injuries v city.

  • ron burgundy

    Feb 28, 2017 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #28

    “Bruised toe murphy”

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Feb 28, 2017 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #29

    Slim Pickens

    Who did he support?

  • ron burgundy

    Feb 28, 2017 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #30

    He is a Brighton fan

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Feb 28, 2017 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #31


    In that case they might end up with nowt.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Feb 28, 2017 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #32

    Bruised Toe Murphy, is/was he an actor as well?

  • Clematis

    Feb 28, 2017 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #33

    For me, Brighton are there for the taking. Huddersfield ripped them a new corn shute by going at them.

    For me, a team like this would be ideal:


    Anita – Lascelles – Clark – Dummett

    Shelvey – Diame

    Yedlin – Ritchie – Lazaar


    This provides cover for the full backs as well as unbelievable pace from both wings. Also, Atsu can play up front and is the closest we have to Gayle.

  • ron burgundy

    Feb 28, 2017 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #34

    no he is our Murphy never plays much due to the bruised toe

  • Belfast

    Feb 28, 2017 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #35

    In a ideal world we hammer both them 4-0 and play them off the park. I’m not that confident though haha

  • DubaiMicky

    Feb 28, 2017 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #36

    My choices for what it’s worth.

    Yedlin Lascelles (c) Clark Dummett
    Shelvey Anita
    Ritchie Diame Atsu

  • robertsleftfoot

    Feb 28, 2017 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #37

    I cant say I am surprised with our curent form, even picking up results at times we have looked lucky and at time very lucky to get certain decisions our way.

    I said it on here last week that this Rafa is king and can do no wrong is rediculous. I think any half decent manager worth his salt with the team Rafa has would be 10 points better off. You never know another manager may actually play 2 up front in the home games against the weaker teams.

    Tactics are actaully piss poor at home but no no no he has managed madrid so his 1 up top bollocks must be correct.

    He is also losing his powers around St James because now the board and owner can see he isnt invincible.

  • hibbit

    Feb 28, 2017 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #38

    we have also been very unlucky as well Nottingham Forest anyone !!!!!!

  • dannitoon

    Feb 28, 2017 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #39

    Only real shockers are BB hone and a and also bristol city… the loss against wolves albeit not expected but they were on a role.. all othr losses have been down to our lads not bothering to turn up… oh except forest away when even with 9 men we were the better team… we will get auto promoted and as champions as we will win our next 5 games starting with a 3-0 hammering of BHA

  • dannitoon

    Feb 28, 2017 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #40

    And those who are doubting Rafa… its coz of fans like you why SBR was sacked.. decent manager worth there salt would be 10 points better off…name one….. FFS get a grip..


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