In failing to capitalise upon an opportunity to build some distance with relegation rivals, Newcastle was then punished further when Fulham claimed three vital points in a 1-0 win over Liverpool.
The results will do little to allay fears among the Newcastle faithful that relegation is a real threat under the reign of Steve Bruce.
As is noted by the Shields Gazette, a number of supporters believe Bruce needs to be sacked in order to usher in drastic change that could ensure survival.
As Edwards of the Telegraph noted in a recent tweet, Newcastle fans will have to continue to settle with the sight of Bruce in the dugout for the foreseeable future:
‘Steve Bruce will not be sacked as #nufc manager and will definitely still be in charge against Aston Villa, probably well beyond that from what I’ve been told’, declared the tweet.
Nothing but Newcastle’s View
This is the news that many Newcastle fans will be hoping would never come.
If Newcastle’s pattern of results continues, the spectre of relegation will surely continue to haunt the club.
Many fans will be left indignant that the board are not prepared to take the hit of sacking Bruce in favour of a fresh roll of the dice, and misplaced trust in Bruce could prove costly.