Heron Posted April 19, 2009 Share Posted April 19, 2009 First game of the season, away at Manchester United - everyone ruled it out as 0 points for us from our first game - yet we came away with an unexpected point in a well fought game. The optimism continued for a few games and the football looked decent although we struggled to pick up consecutive wins. Our signings looked fairly decent and everyone appeared to be happy despite limited funds being made available. Then... Keegan gets f***ed around by the board members, they go behind his back signing players who he normally wouldn't have (?) and Keegan spits his dummy out - Which was the snowflake thats now caused an avalanche. Now, not to get in to a debate about who was at fault i.e. the board/Keegan/The fans/etc, but just to discuss the emotions and performances from there onwards: What enthusiasm was there had been stripped from everyone involved at the club. A massive debate split the "faithful" support of Newcastle United and opinions strongly divided various sections of our support. The problem slowly faded into the background as we began to pick up draw after draw and struggled to pick up wins especially at home..where fans have become increasingly frustrated. Newcastle as a result were no longer United, and 8 games from the end of the season we finally as a club put a plug in our quarter-full bathtub of hope, we brought in Alan Shearer. Hope was restored in many, us being football fans we do suffer from a degree of fickleness. But on the other hand 3 games later 90% of us appear to have resigned to relegation. My point in this being, if you look at the remaining fixtures for the bottom 5 or 6, we are far from down yet, our games against Portsmouth and Middlesbrough could well seal our fate however. How many of us expected anything today? I bet there were only a few who 'expected' but we all 'hoped'. There are 5 games left this season 2 against the top 5. As ridiculous as it sounds should we really be writing these games off? We beat Aston Villa at SJP, we drew with Man United away, we pushed Arsenal and Man United at home for a good hour or so and we drew with Chelsea away. I know we have taken our beatings off them too, but to write off any game this season is foolish. This same attitude of resignation to defeat is what has got us into the problem we are in, in my opinion. I'm actually going to check the "Relegationometer" thread to see when that started because I have a feeling it was around December time. Which shows just how ridiculous we as a club have become this season. How many clubs in the bottom 8 or 9 thought they were down at January? I bet not many and I bet alot of them still don't believe they are down. Alot of it is down to the self fulfilling prophecy in my opinion - if you believe your going down you will go down, if you believe you can do it and avoid relegation you will, and I believe our biggest downfall more than anything else this season has been a flaw in the psychological aspects of absolutely everyone connected with the club. The only way we can redeem ourselves and possibly survive now is if we as supporters back them at home and constantly encourage instead of getting on their backs. 9 Points WOULD keep us up I don't care what anyone says and I personally believe we will get at least 7 - if we just BELIEVE we can do it. So a rather typical post by your resident Toon Ultra but this time I mean it more then ever - Bring Back The Noise! Get behind the lads! and lets get ourselves out this shithole called the relegation zone!! EDIT: Just for the record it was November 30th when we began discussing relegation - :-[ Link to post Share on other sites More sharing options...
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