Nothing comes easy to Newcastle, so after putting in an excellent performance on Friday night at St. James’ Park in front of a capacity crowd, it would have been a great 1-0 win – a win we needed so desperately.
Then right of the blue at the death Chris Wood equalized and we suddenly had dropped 2 points in a game we should have won fairly easily.
The loss of 2 points may cost us the Championship to Brighton, unless we can win our last four games and even then Chris Hughton could have Brighton winning all their remaining games.
Isaac Hayden – finishing first always matters
At Newcastle seven years ago in our final 16 games of the season games Chris had the dominant Magpies winning 13 and drawing three and we also won seven of the last eight games.
We now need 7 points from our final 4 games to be mathematically certain of that automatic promotion spot and less than that by the number of points Huddersfield drop in their last five games.
Rafa has said he would take second place now – given everything that has happened and how much seems to have been against us this season.
Penalties that are not retaken after encroachment, stone-cold penalties that are simply not given – a referee giving away two dodgy penalties against us and each time sending one of our players off – all in the first 45 minutes of the game.
In that game we were still 1-0 ahead at Nottingham Forest, but lost 2-1 right at the end.
It’s been weird to say the very least.
Returning star Isaac Hayden will go all out to have Newcastle go up as Champions, but we will have to rely on the Seagulls slipping up.
This is what Isaac has said in the Mail today:
“Finishing first always matters, doesn’t it?”
“As much as you want to say it doesn’t matter or promotion is the main thing, and of course it is, but I think there will be a little bit of a sour taste if we weren’t to go on and win the title.”
“It was horrible on Friday just watching on from the bench, I don’t know what it would have been like on the pitch.”
‘It was a bit of an odd one because he is Leeds’ best striker and one of the best goalscorers in the division and he was just in the middle of the six-yard box, free.”
“But I thought we played really, really well and created a number of chances. The few weeks before we haven’t really been playing that well in all honesty. It’s been a little bit of a bad patch.”
“But against Leeds we came out and stamped our authority on the game quite early on, pressed them quite high and kept it in their half.”
“But it is about results at this business end of the season and the draw wasn’t ideal.”
One of the reasons we looked so good on Friday night was the return of the 21 year-old defensive midfielder from injury, and the former Gunner seems an emerging star at the club.
We need to get automatic promotion as soon as possible – that’s the only thing that really matters in the big scheme of things.