Newcastle Star – Too Early To Be Talking About Relegation

We really don’t know how this season will turn out, but one point out of the last 27 played for is one of the worst runs we have ever had.

All our players are fit again, so maybe we can get back to the form we showed earlier in the season and start to win some games – like at West Ham on Saturday.

And look at Everton – they now have 25 points and are 10 points ahead of us after they beat Swansea 3-1 last night – they have four wins and a draw in their previous 5 games under Sam Allardyce.

So things can turn around very quickly.

Isaac Hayden thinkis it’s far too early to get too negative about things as he had this to say in the local papers as reported in the Chronicle:

“We’re not looking at that. There are 20 games left. You can’t be talking about relegation battles now.”

“There’s so much more football to play. Apart from the top six, I think it’s anyone’s game, really.” “We’ll try our best to get as high as we can.”

“If we play like we did against Arsenal, we’ll have a lot more opportunities to get points in the future.”

“Really, the game was decided on one bit of world-class quality. The goal was a great finish, and it ended up deciding the game.”

“We were toe to toe with them in the second half, and, really, we could have nicked something if we were a bit luckier.”

“There’s a lot to be positive about after that performance, especially playing at the Emirates. It’s a tough place to come. They keep the ball really well and make you run and work.”

“I thought we did that really well. We closed a lot of the lines and limited them to few clear-cut chances.”

“Second half, we matched them. We could have nicked something had we been a bit more clinical.”

“When you play against Arsenal away, they’re going to limit you to less chances. You’re running, closing gaps and defending for long periods of time.”

“When you do get the ball, you have to use it really well. They press high up the pitch and get the ball back as quickly as possible.”

“We had to be very patient when we did get the ball. I thought we did that quite well, but you want points, and we didn’t get any.”

“It was nice to play against them, but I just wanted to try and get some points for the club.”

“It’s a very difficult stage at the moment, and it’s frustrating not to get a point. We can only keep working and keep doing what we’ve been doing in training and keep listening to the manager.”

“If we play like that for the rest of the season against the lesser teams, if you call it that, I think we’ll be OK.”

It was an improved performance at Arsenal and we are hoping we are getting better with each game.

We now have Jamaal Lascelles and Mikel Merino back in the side, and they are making a difference.

It’s natural for Newcastle fans to think about relegation since over the last five seasons we have been in the Premier League we have been fighting relegation four times.

Such is life under owner Mike Ashley.

We need to pick up some points in the next 4 games through January 1st.

Date              Fixture              KO time
Sat 23 Dec    West Ham vs Newcastle     15:00
Wed 27 Dec    Newcastle vs Man City     19:45
Sat 30 Dec    Newcastle vs Brighton     15:00
Mon 1 Jan     Stoke vs Newcastle        15:00

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

6 comments so far

  • posada

    Dec 19, 2017 at 8:06 AM

    Comment #1

    Not long now.
    The first week of the transfer window will tell us all we need to know.

    Only 12 days to wait.

  • JohnJ

    Dec 19, 2017 at 8:09 AM

    Comment #2

    West Ham vs Newcastle 1 point
    Newcastle vs Man City nul points (or could we manage a point?)
    Newcastle vs Brighton 3 points
    Stoke vs Newcastle 3 points

    7 from those games would put us on 22 – fingers crossed 🙂

  • sing in the corner

    Dec 19, 2017 at 8:15 AM

    Comment #3

    It’s not going to be as easy as people are making out. Most clubs aren’t in a hurry to loan you their functioning strikers. There’s all month if they want. There are agents to get round as well as the players, who may well want game time, but not necessarily at a club that can’t buy any kind of result.
    Best we beat W Ham, look a credible option against City then beat Brighton.. Or we might be heading down the much maligned ‘list’ of options again.

  • sing in the corner

    Dec 19, 2017 at 8:20 AM

    Comment #4

    It’s not that bad a time to play the Hammers. They look like they are missing some players, particularly Arnautovich and Lanzini.. who was showing a few glimpses of coming not form. He hopefully will be banned. They have a tough game tonight too in the cup..
    I think we have to go for it on Saturday, given the circumstances and the opportunity, but can see why Rafa will prioritise not getting beat.

  • JDdubai

    Dec 19, 2017 at 8:28 AM

    Comment #5

    West Ham will be favourites, lost only 2-1 vs City, beat Chelsea, drew with Arsenal and beat stoke 3-0 away.

    Can’t see us getting much unless we match our performance vs Arsenal. The same again as there should see us ok.

  • Sav

    Dec 19, 2017 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #6

    It’s important that we get any January transfers underway early, not the usual last minute penny pinching we’re accustomed to in the Ashley wilderness years. Comments reveal Charnley and Raga are still in the dark about how much If any, will be made available for transfers. It would be a sad irony if the prospect of a buy out delayed vital action. With points like hens teeth and the club on a terrible run, every game we can improve in is not to be wasted.


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