Howard the duck strikes again
We may have taken four points from six over the weekend to make sure of Premiership football next term and fire ourselves back into the top 10 but many Toon fans left St James' Park feeling they should have taken six from six.
And the man to blame?
Well that'll be Howard 'the duck' Webb who dramatically waved away protests after Gooch Onyewu was man-handled by Abou Diaby right at the death and right in front of the ref.
Gooch later explained that Webb had warned both sets of players about use of hands and arms in the box but managed to look skywards when the Arsenal man got fresh with the American defender.
And it's not the first time Webb's bottled it either this season.
Don't forget it was Mr Webb in charge at Bolton on Boxing Day when Kevin Nolan made a clear push on Peter Ramage before his own goal at the Reebok and then later in the game the ref missed Kevin Davies' push on David Edgar.
Webb's one sided display at SJP yesterday DID contribute to United taking just a point but to be fair Newcastle had Nobby Solano to thank for a double clearance to prevent Gilberto taking the points in the second half.
Yet had many of us been offered four points from the six on offer over Easter, it's a fair bet many would have grabbed the chance with both hands.
So where does it leave us?
Well although a few doom merchants had tipped us to go down at a couple of stages this season, that's now not going to happen.
But for the rest of us, 10th place isn't a comfortable spot either.
Injury crisis or no injury crisis, nobody gets any pleasure out of being behind the forces of Reading and Portsmouth.
And unless there is an almighty wobble from the teams gunning for UEFA Cup slot only a sparkling run of form in the final five games with see United push for a place in Europe, perhaps an Intertoto Cup place is the best on offer.
There is the possible sighting of Michael Owen to come in a black and white shirt before the end of the season and Shola Ameobi so it isn't all bad news.
But be honest have you got any energy left to complain about anything? Or have you already started getting the holiday brochures out!