Failing to beat Aston Villa last week backfired for Newcastle as Sunderland went on to beat Everton on Wednesday night. That ended the Premier League run in what has been truly deserved after an awful season! Even with that though it was still very disappointing to have it hit home on Wednesday that we will be leaving the top flight of English football (again).
It was back in 2009 when Newcastle last suffered relegation but the difference with that time to this time has to be the players who stayed and played in the Championship. That is going to be very different this time. Shocking that a couple of days after relegation was confirmed that Moussa Sissoko has been called up to the France squad for Euro 2016. A player who has been truly shocking nearly all season and some how undroppable gets to go and represent his country in the summer makes it all even worse.
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The final home game of the championship season was yesterday afternoon at St James Park. No one really cared about the game, we wanted the trophy at 5pm after the game. Just a shame the game was very dull and we drew 2-2 which kinda took the edge of it all a little, especially the long wait we had for the set up and presentation of the trophy and medals (or at least it felt like a long wait). So I won’t dwell on the match too much and just be happy it was the last home game of championship football and hopefully it will be a long time (if ever) that championship football returns to St James Park!
On Monday night . . . at the furthest possible place . . .we beat Plymouth 2-0 to become champions of the Championship and win the league. We will be presented with the trophy on Saturday after our final Championship home game (hopefully we will not have one for years and years to come) against Ipswich Town.
Goals from Andy Carroll and Wayne Routledge secured the win for the Toon who were dominant throughout the game. This condemned Plymouth to relegation. But did not stop them playing “We are the champions” from us! Along with “Blaydon Races” and “Local Hero”. The Toon Army invaded the pitch to celebrate!
The second last home game of the season saw Blackpool come to St James Park, with a lot of support in the bright orange shirts. Taking at least 3,000 tickets. With a chance of still making the play-offs we were half expecting this to be a slightly more difficult game but in the end that wasn’t meant to be. Again the pressure of playing at St James Park got to the away team who couldn’t really do much.
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Monday night saw Sheffield United come to St James Park for a 7:45pm kick off on Easter Monday . . . but promotion was already clinched at about 7pm thanks to a boring goal less draw between Forest and Cardiff. Which I watched with many other Toon fans in Shearer’s Bar. When the final whistle went everyone cheered and chants of “we are premier league” started as everyone began to pile out into the street. The promotion party had well and truly started before we even kicked a ball.
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We could have been promoted yesterday with a win over Peterborough . . . which we got in what seemed like a tougher game than everyone anticipated. But it was not meant to be with Nottingham Forest spoiling the would be party by getting a draw against Bristol City.
But this now leaves the Toon just needing 1 point from our remaining 6 games . . . so bring on Sheffield United at St James Park on Monday (which I am expecting us to win) and we will be back where we belong in the Premiership!
Was really pleased to see Joey Barton getting himself on the score sheet yesterday!
Howay the lads !!!
Back to St James Park after a 2-1 away victory over Watford last weekend. So before the game I decided to put some daft bets on . . . or what seemed daft before the eventual score line. I went for 4-0 to the Toon. I even took Jose Enrique as the first goal scorer and he actually had a couple of chances before he went off, lets hope he’s not injured again and it was more cramp/strain instead of something going again.
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