They may have pulled off a surprise win at Anfield last weekend, but a 0-3 defeat to Man City on Saturday night has kept them in the bottom three – and dented their goal difference considerably.
Scott Parker’s side actually started the game promisingly, finding space in behind and showing the sort of confidence that had them 5th in the form table before kick off, however three second half goals gave City a convincing win.
A sigh of relief for us NUFC fans and scoreline that sees their goal difference go from -11 to -14 – halving the gap between ourselves (-17) and Fulham on that front.
This means we’ll end the weekend two points clear of The Cottagers, however Brighton could yet move one clear of us and into 16th IF they beat Southampton (33 points) in the 12pm kick off on Sunday.
Here’s the Premier League table as of Saturday night, with Burnley all but safe after a huge win at Everton and West Brom all but relegated after losing 1-0 at Crystal Palace:
All of the above doesn’t change the fact that we should’ve found at least one win from recent draws with Wolves, West Brom and Aston Villa, but Lascelles’ last gasp equaliser and the blow to Fulham’s goal difference could yet prove key in the final standings.
Either way, it feels like next weekend could be absolutely pivotal, with us set for a relegation six-pointer at Brighton after Fulham play newly promoted Leeds at Craven Cottage.
Here’s all three club’s remaining fixtures:
Newcastle (10 games) – Brighton (A), Tottenham (H), Burnley (A), West Ham (H), Liverpool (A), Arsenal (H), Leicester (A), Man City (H), Sheffield United (H), Fulham (A).
Fulham (9 games) – Leeds (H), Aston Villa (A), Wolves (H), Arsenal (A), Chelsea (A), Burnley (H), Southampton (A), Man Utd (A), Newcastle (H).
Brighton (11 games) – Southampton (A), Newcastle (H), Man Utd (A), Everton (H), Chelsea (A), Sheffield United (A), Leeds (H), Wolves (A), West Ham (H), Man City (H), Arsenal (A).