A fully deserved win for Newcastle tonight, with us ending up hanging on at the death after a failure to convert several big chances in the second half.
Ritchie missed an open goal and Joselu hit the post from a one on one in the second half, but we held on and came away with a thoroughly deserved three points – even if the score line SHOULD have been much more convincing.
It’s our first away win of the season and a victory that not only takes us into 13th but FOUR points clear of the drop zone.
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) November 26, 2018
After wins for Huddersfield and Fulham over the weekend, this was a big game between two sides who have every chance of being sucked into the relegation mix come May next year – and we came out on top.
Rafa got his tactics down to a tee, with Ritchie doing superbly at left-wing back to nullify the threat of Lennon and Lowton down their right hand side, with our three centre-backs Clark, Fernandez and Schar dealing well with their big strikers and Perez and Kenedy offering support either side of Rondon up top.
Here’s how the table looks after tonight’s big win:
The results over the weekend were very mixed. Fulham look set for a resurgence under Ranieri, Huddersfield pulled off a 0-2 win no one saw coming, however Cardiff did lose again and Southampton’s dismal start continued, with Hughes probably facing the sack soon enough after the 3-2 defeat at Craven Cottage.
Here’s our next five fixtures between now and Christmas:
- West Ham (H)
- Everton (A)
- Wolves (H)
- Huddersfield (A)
- Fulham (H)
A big chance now to kick on and get ourselves clear of that drop zone.
Thankfully, we can laugh about it now, so here’s Ritchie’s miss:
Matt Ritchie with miss of the season! pic.twitter.com/gc6848o66H
— Sarriball (@SarriballEra) November 26, 2018