No Blue Monday in store for Toon fans
So there you have it.
The penultimate game of the campaign at St James' Park ends in a goalless draw and I suppose you have to be satisfied with a point.
OK, you can't be punching the air after that one but at least United looked up for it.
Wasted half chances and the presence of the predator we've lacked all season (Michael Owen that is) were obvious and were the reason why United took only point.
But surely this was a bit better?
Better than Pompey, better than Man City at home and a million miles away from Birmingham and 5-1!
I'm talking only about the performance and the outcome of the game of course and not where the club is going or who should be in charge now, but that was more like it and although it was far from the finished article three more performances like that might just sneak a place in the Intertoto believe it or not!
Well, let's not get carried away and whether United would deserve that place is up for debate yet would you really give a hoot if it means European football next season?
Chelsea could easily have left St James' Park with nothing today because Newcastle just about edged it overall.
Yet the reason Newcastle got just a point was because they lacked that little tiny bit extra.
You know it, the bit you need to finish teams off at the top level?
However, that has really been the story of the season for Newcastle, they have been that bit short.
Short in numbers, short in quality defenders, short in a goalscoring forward to partner Oba Martins and certainly short in luck when it comes injuries.
Now all that's left is a home game with Blackburn that is sandwiched between trips to Reading and Watford before a summer to reflect on what has been a long, long season.
The end may well be in sight now, but at least there was tiny chink of light after an encouraging draw with Chelsea.
*FORMER Toon hero Kevin Carr will be at Fluid bar for the final talk-in of the season with Steve Wraith at 7.45pm ahead of the Reading game and again at half-time.