Preview: Newcastle Utd vs West Ham Utd – 24/05/15

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Newcastle against West Ham. Hull City versus Manchester United. A dreadful season comes down to those two games. Regardless of the result in our game, a win or a draw for Man Utd will ensure our survival. A Hull win, however, will mean that only a win in our game will keep us up; a draw would see us relegated on goal difference. It is in our hands. Win and we survive, it is as simple as that. Although if the last 10 games are anything to go by winning is nigh on impossible.

Newcastle United Football Club are a fraud. This ‘club’ is far from a football club. Sir Bobby Robson probably best defined what a football club is when he said “it’s the noise, the passion, the feeling of belonging, the pride in your city”. The Ashley era has saw the noise diminish. There is no longer passion, the owner doesn’t care, the players don’t care and the overwhelming emotion among the fans is one of anger. The feeling of belonging is dying along with the hope. And if there is one thing this ‘club’ doesn’t have it is pride in the city, it should be a vital part of the community, instead though Ashley has distanced it from those it matters most to.

As for the football, well eleven people take to a field for 90 minutes, and there is a ball but that is where the similarities to a football team stop. It is an embarrassment to the rest of the Premier League to call what we play football. On the pitch we are just a rotten as we are off it. The club deserve relegation and quite frankly it says it all about the quality of the Premier League that there is a chance we might stay up. Best league in the world? Don’t make me laugh.

One thing is for sure, if Newcastle United are relegated, football wins. This club is a disgrace and everyone associated with it apart from the magnificent fans deserve to go down. The players are spineless, the manager and coaching staff are way out of their depth, the board and owner are amongst the worst human beings to ever take to this earth. Never has there been a club more deserving of relegation. Continue reading

Preview: QPR vs Newcastle Utd – 16/05/15

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Last week we papered over the cracks by halting our longest ever losing streak, and today we have the chance to all but guarantee another season in the Premier League if we can end our winless streak at the recently relegated Rangers’ Loftus Road.

We go into the match in 17th on 36 points, equal to Sunderland, although behind them on goal difference, and two above Hull City, who also handsomely better us in that department. In all likelihood, we’re just counting on Hull not getting better than a point in total from their games away at White Hart lane, and then at home to Manchester United on the final day.

Obviously staying up on our own meagre merits would be nice, and a win today could guarantee just that, should Hull lose, and if not then we need only not lose on the final day to keep our fate in our own hands. However, given our recent form (a single point from the last nine games, two wins in 2015) and our away results (three wins in 18 this season), I doubt we can count on a victory, even against a Championship bound, bottom of the table QPR that have just been battered 6-0.

Only one side has scored fewer goals than us on the road this season, Aston Villa with 12 to our 13, and again we’ve the second worst goals conceded, today’s opposition leaking an incredible 44 to our 34. Continue reading

Preview: Newcastle Utd vs West Brom – 09/05/15

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After a week of frank dialogue and open letters, Newcastle continue their fight against relegation this weekend against West Brom. Although it’s difficult to call it a fight when almost nobody in the dressing room cares what division Newcastle will be playing in next season, but only how they can get out of the club which has once again become the joke of English football. There is only another 270 minutes of football left to endure this season, and they could be the most important in a long time as we are closer to relegation than we have ever been since 2009. We may have finished 16th in 2013, but I don’t think it ever got this bad in that season.

John Carver remains in charge, despite having a very… well, interesting week. After accusing Mike Williamson of getting sent off on purpose and agreeing with supporters that the performance at Leicester was spineless, there were rumours that the head coach had lost his job, but he has remained, despite the club contacting Steve McClaren, who turned the post down. It shows how bad that the situation has got when a manager who failed to take one of the Championship’s best squads to a play off place doesn’t want to touch us.

Moreover Carver suggested that he was the best coach in the league, which may have been an attempt to show that he still has faith in his own ability, but it was a very poorly advised comment to make considering he is on his way to becoming one of the worst managers in Premier League history. Continue reading

Newcastle’s Relegation Battle

Originally a forum thread by Cal

So I guess what most of us feared could happen is finally on the verge of becoming a reality.

The table as of 02 May 15:

14 Aston Villa 35 9 8 18 29 50 -21 35
15 Newcastle Utd 35 9 8 18 36 60 -24 35
16 Hull City 34 8 10 16 32 45 -13 34
17 Leicester 35 9 7 19 39 54 -15 34
18 Sunderland 34 6 15 13 28 50 -22 33
19 QPR 35 7 6 22 39 61 -22 27
20 Burnley 35 5 11 19 26 53 -27 26

We’re currently two points above the drop, and have the second worst goal difference, with only bottom of the the table Burnley having a greater deficit. Hull and Sunderland have games in hand over us; Hull vs Arsenal this Monday, and Arsenal vs Sunderland on Wednesday 20th May.

Let’s have a look at the run-ins… Continue reading

Preview: Leicester City vs Newcastle Utd – 02/05/15

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Having conquered our all-time record for consecutive competitive losses last time out at Swansea, Coach Carver takes his side to a resurgent Leicester in what might as well be considered a relegation six-pointer, or just a chance to extend the run to eight in a row.

Leicester spent nearly half a season propping up the table, however they now find themselves a point above the drop after having gone on to find three points four times in a row, and threatened to make it five mid-week against Chelsea, going into half-time a goal up before the Champions-elect came back to win 3-1.

In the last three weeks Leicester have racked up as many points as Carver’s Newcastle have in the last four months, the most recent couple of which we’ve failed to earn even a single point in. As a result, we’re now 14th, four points above our hosts and on a downward trajectory. The Foxes are fighting for survival, while we just hope that Sunderland can’t scrap together five more points than us (so on current form that’ll just be five) from their final five games, which includes one in hand on us.

Things are certainly looking bleak on Tyneside as our club fumbles around blindly, but some sunlight is starting to break through the fog. Ayoze Pérez has found the net for the first time this year, Siem de Jong recently returned, and although not yet ready for a full 90, he still managed to show his class and get a goal within 13 minutes of getting on the pitch. Continue reading