The football generally passed me by this weekend. I kept an eye on our score but there were too many other distractions to really make much comment on the actual game. Bravo to the thousand or so fans that braved a very cold weekend to travel up to St. James'. Newcastle must surely have seen this as a must win game after a fairly poor run of results and when Viduka (who always seems to find the net against us) tucked away the first goal I was pretty sure it wasn't going to be our day. It wasn't - little Michael Owen snuck in between our big central defenders and headed home the second to confirm the inevitable.
So, our miserable run of away results continues, and several of our rivals pick up points to make our task look that little bit harder again. It's difficult not to feel like we've lost that little bit of momentum we might have started with the win against Everton, but I'm trying hard to ignore the things we can't affect and focus on the things we can. The bottom of the table looks like this;
There's still room for hope there even if it does rely on us putting together a very impressive string of results. Next week's match at Pride Park is as big as it gets. Derby were good enough to claim a point at the Cottage, and have shown in recent games against Man United and Middlesbrough that they're still capable of making life difficult. We'll see.