It’s not been a great start to the weekend for Newcastle United – and we haven’t even kicked a ball yet.
Our dismal defeat to Sheffield United on Tuesday raised alarm bells, but was then followed by Fulham’s impressive draw at Tottenham 24 hours later to reduce the gap between ourselves and the relegation zone to seven points (with us having played a game more).
At this point we still eleven clear of West Brom (19th place) and five clear of Brighton (17th), however BOTH have missed up massive away wins on Saturday afternoon.
West Brom came from behind to win 3-2 at Wolves in the early kick off, and that was followed by a huge 1-0 win for Graham Potters Brighton at Leeds.
Here’s how the table looks after those wins for West Brom and Brighton – and it could get worse, with an in-form Fulham (who are unbeaten in their last five) set to take on an out of form Chelsea side at Craven Cottage at 5.30pm:
On the plus side, Burnley lost at West Ham 1-0, however the table won’t read well at all if Fulham overcome an under pressure Frank Lampard in the tea-time kick off tonight.
Before that shambolic performance at Sheffield United, Steve Bruce insisted we weren’t in a relegation battle. A few days on and it seems he really does need a reality check, with us in free-fall and the likes of Fulham, West Brom and Brighton all showing real signs of life over the past week.
Let’s hope the result goes our way in the late kick off and we respond with a result of our own at Arsenal on Monday night!