Newcastle United extended their losing run to seven games on Saturday as they were downed 3-2 by Gary Monk’s Swansea City in front of a sparse-looking St. James’ Park.
Things have not been right with the Magpies for much of the season, though few could have predicted such a collapse in form following Alan Pardew’s departure to Crystal Palace.
The former West Ham boss was never popular on Tyneside, but his performance at Palace, coupled with Newcastle’s demise, only serves to support the popular belief that he is a talented manager.
Caretaker boss John Carver has been tasked with taking over until the end of the season, but their record with him in charge is utterly dreadful and among the worst in the Premier League.
On Saturday, it was Swansea’s turn to kick the Geordies while they are down as Nelson Oliviera, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Jack Cork found the net in a thrilling 3-2 victory.
The Welsh outfit’s win condemns the Magpies to seven straight Premier League losses, but in conceding three goals they have now conceded more times at home than any other team.
26 - No Premier League team has conceded more home goals than Newcastle United this season. Struggles.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) abril 25, 2015
7 - Newcastle United have lost seven successive league games for only the second time in their history (10, Aug-Oct 1977). Dire.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) abril 25, 2015
Despite their rapid decline, the Geordies are still five points clear of the relegation zone and, owing to Sunderland’s poor form, appear to be relatively safe with just four games remaining.
However, with matches against fellow relegation candidates Leicester City and Queen Park Rangers to come, Newcastle’s situation could yet get a little more desperate before the season is over.