A tepid performance from Newcastle United in the nation’s capital today saw the Toon take one step closer to Championship football as a defeat by Spurs saw us gain no ground on the teams around us.
Newcastle’s starting line-up included last weeks hero Andy Carroll but this task was just a little too much for the Gateshead youngster as Newcastle first-half performance was again not worth remembering. It was no surprise when Nolan came off – I’m not sure how he even starts a game anymore. We know that when Alan Smith comes on and makes a difference, there’s something wrong with our midfield.
The introduction of Martins and Viduka with 30 minutes remaining almost made an immediate impact as the Toon began to increase their urgency (why don’t we start off like that?) In the closing stages we were denied a penalty call and Martins volleyed over from only yards out. When it’s not your day, nothing goes for you.
With Newcastle yet to claim victory under Sherarer our next three home games against Portsmouth, Fulham, and the Smoggies are now must win games. We’re sitting on 30 points with better goal difference than the two teams above us, Boro and Blackburn. Nine points from our final five games would take us up to 39 points – two points clear of the 37 points pundits are claiming is the must-have total to avoid relegation.
A word to the wise Mr Shearer: please start with a 4-3-3. It wasn’t until that point that we actually looked capable of scoring.