Last Three Games Have Decimated Season – But Still Good News


We were doing really well when we beat Brighton and Huddersfield earlier this year, but strangely  enough we have gone into a bad run of results over the last eight games.

But even after we had beaten Wigan and Burton at home after the International break, we were ahead in the league table but it’s the last three games that have decimated our ability to be promoted as Champions.

In the last three games we have taken only one point with suffered two away defeats in which we have played very badly – at both Sheffield Wednesday and Ipswich Town – and conceded five goals.

David McGoldrick scores Ipswich second goal

And in between we put in a good performance at home to Leeds United, but only managed to draw that game when we made a mistake in the very last minute of stoppage time and allowed Leeds to take away an undeserved point.

Brighton have won their last five games and they have therefore gained 8 points on us in those games – so we have let ourselves down badly in the last three games.

It’s simply not good enough and will taint the season, though we still expect to get an automatic promotion spot still.

But the good news is that if we can beat Preston at home next Monday and Huddersfield don’t win at an in-form Fulham on Saturday – we will be promoted.

We will have 88 points and the most the Terriers can get will be 87 or 88 depending on whether they lose or draw on Saturday.

And since we have a better goal difference of 33 goals, somebody tell us how it’s possible for the Terriers to score 35 goals in their last three games to get a better goals difference than Newcastle.

PosTeamGamesGDPoints
1Newcastle464594
2Brighton463493
3Reading46485
4Sheffield Wednesday461581
5Huddersfield46-281
6Fulham462880

Reading can still get 88 points if they beat Nottingham Forest on Saturday and win their last two games but they would then need to score 36 goals in their last two games with none conceded to better Newcastle’s goal difference.

Goal difference does mean something – especially when there are only a few games to play.

Of course we still need to win next Monday night and the way the lads have looked lately they seem scared stiff in case they will lose – which is what they have managed to do twice in the last three games.

That must change very quickly – it’s all in the mind.

Comments welcome.



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4 comments so far

  • sing in the corner

    Apr 18, 2017 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #1

    Lads
    It’s not that cut and dried.
    If I was picking the team I would probably have played Murphy, Yedlin, Hanley, and ‘someone’ at No10 instead of Perez from the start, having seen the state of Mitro, Perez at the end of a very tough non stop battle against Leeds? The 2 of them were DEAD beat, and we had pace, fresh legs and quality to bring in to start. The someone at No 10…hands tied and only really able to put the experienced but inconsistent Diame on. Mbemba only just back into the heat and maybe feeling it too.
    Anita had a knock which even kept him off the bench.
    People using hindsight after the quality we brought in didn’t show it, then it’s easy to blame the changes for a bad performance from the team.

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  • martoon

    Apr 18, 2017 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #2

    sing in the corner – I agree 100% – I’ve been trying to say this but people just keep saying ‘well Ipswich did it’. Most of the players we brought in were Internationals so they should have been good enough! We were pants but I don’t think you can blame the player selection.

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  • anthc

    Apr 18, 2017 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #3

    I’m sorry but footballers these days sell themselves as athletes and two games in four days shouldn’t be an issue imo.
    I’ve seen some of the goals and was at the Leeds game and the goals for me are simply errors by one if not a few players due to half arsed tackles and being out of position.
    It’s becoming a common theme with some players which will be their downfall come the summer as they’ll be out the door with rafas blessing.

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  • robertsleftfoot

    Apr 18, 2017 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #4

    I have been saying since new year that we are a poor team when we dont have Gayle. Never have we depended on someone so much which is to be honest embarrassing. We have Mitro and Murphy one of which came as one of the hottest properties in Europe and the other a proven Championship goalscorer…….

    I dont know how many times people including myself are going to say 1 up front at home does not work as you allow the other team too much time at the back and they are allowed and able to play out from their back 4. Its ok with Gayle as he chases down and covers the angles but Mitro and Murphy both play an old fashined centre forwards role and let their defenders have the ball.

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