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Newcastle Still Need Two Wins To Be Safe This Season

Rafa was right when he said on Friday that a couple of bad results can put Newcastle right back into relegation danger.

Whatever you say about our players you cannot fault their characters or their determination to win for the shirt.

Yesterday was a great example of that and like last week at Everton it looked like it could have been all over at half time.

We had conceded two poor goals, and Matt Ritchie had missed his first penalty ever for Newcastle just before the Toffees scored their second goal.

Matt Ritchie missed a penalty yesterday

Indeed, the commentators at half time on NBC Sports seemed to have up their minds that Everton would win the game.

But an amazing comeback saw us score three goals in the last 25 minutes and that equals the most goals we have scored in any league game this season.

But a number of the teams around us in the league also won yesterday.

Brighton beat Crystal Place 2-1 away and Southampton had a great come from behind 2-1 win at home to Spurs.

And third-bottom Cardiff City had an excellent 2-0 home win against West Ham.

Bottom clubs Huddersfield and Fulham both lost again and they look like they are doomed.

But who will finish 3rd bottom is still up in the air.

Here are the league positions after yesterday’s games with Burnley at Liverpool this afternoon.

10West Ham38-352
12Crystal Palace38-249

Next up for us is Bournemouth away next Saturday before the two-week International break.

A win in that game will take us closer to safety but it looks like we still need another two wins to be safe.

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3 comments so far

  • Ben Afri

    Mar 10, 2019 at 7:46 AM

    Comment #1

    So sorry for the repost again but Ed is posting to quickly for me

    Regarding some of what I’ve noticed about our game. Yes, Lascelles should never have been beaten. But that clearance by Ritchie was appalling. Had that clearance been headed out into that position from inside the box, many would agree that it would have been terrible defending. But from the position where Ritchie cleared it, that was school boy stuff.

    Secondly, I am not sure why Ritchie seems to avoid using Miggy’s runs. Almiron makes some of the best runs into space and Ritchie decides to go inside. Some may argue that Miggy’s runs create space by dragging a defender out of position but what Ritchie is doing is passing the ball back to our own centre backs most times. It’s as if he doesn’t trust him. Conjecture it may be, but there is definitely no cohesion between Miggy and Almiron.

    That said, I do commend Ritchie’s heart. He’s a fantastic ambassador for the work ethic that encapsulates Rafa’s ideal character at the club.

    Hayden was fantastic. I’m really impressed by his all round performance. His positioning was faultless. His timing in tackling was that of a seasoned veteran. Some of his forward passing was graceful. And I never see him complaining.

    Schar was perhaps overwhelmed by emotion yesterday. He was clearly frustrated when we were down and nothing was going our way. He seemed to be another character Rafa needs to man manage the way he’s done with Shelvey.

    Speaking of which, I admire Shelvey’s dedication to improving. I was impressed by him requesting more game time with the under 23’s so when his time chance came to make it back into the 1st team, I think he’s earned it. But then getting booked for mouthing off to the referee!?

    Dummet was fantastic when he came on! I haven’t read through everyone’s responses on this blog but to me, the person who seemed to have sparked the solidity that gave us the solid platform to move forward with confidence was Dummet’s sturdy introduction. I’m not sure if he played left back in a back four, but to me it looked like we kept our 3 CB shape and he just slotted in at LCB. Love that position for him. I’d like for him to be given that role alongside Fernandez and Lejeune.

  • Dennis Twice

    Mar 10, 2019 at 7:47 AM

    Comment #2

    Attack Toon attack, attack!

  • Ben Afri

    Mar 10, 2019 at 7:57 AM

    Comment #3

    Anyway, I’m really looking forward to seeing Shelvey back, especially when he’s in that mood where he feels he has something to prove. Seen it when he came back a couple of seasons ago fitter than ever before. And I think that him feeling that some of the fans are considering writing him off has spurned him on. Credit to him for adopting that attitude. I wish Kenedy would do the same.

    I think we actually have quite a few players in our squad who’ve proved that they’re up to the challenge when doubt has lingered above their head. Hayden, Dubravka, Perez and his two fingers, Dummet and Shelvey have all stepped up when asked. Even Manquillo came on for his first game out and played well when Yedlin was rested.

    At this point, I’m not too worried who comes in because Rafa’s seemed to have kept the fire burning under our fringe players. So credit to the gaffa and the lads


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