The chips are down
When it's not going for you - it's just not going for you and for Newcastle United the chips are well and truly down with eight games to go.
There were positives that came out of the Arsenal game but positives at the moment are no longer any good - unless they come in the shape of points.
The injuries to Steven Taylor and Sebastien Bassong could not be at a worse time for Newcastle, given the two players have been carrying the Mags in recent games.
Taylor has been sweating blood for the cause while Bassong has been head and shoulders above most of his team-mates.
One consolation is that Habib Beye is back and Newcastle will need all of his experience in coming weeks.
It's a mess and the chances of staying up are in the balance, amazingly a season that was once sold as Keegan taking the Mags back to Europe could now end up in the Championship under Joe Kinnear.
Dropping points is one thing but now the pressure is increasing to get THREE wins from Pompey, Fulham and Boro at a time when we don't know where the next win is coming from.
Even those trio of victories won't be enough and something is needed on the road.
With games at Stoke, Spurs, Liverpool and Aston Villa, it's hard to see where and when.
WHAT DO YOU THINK?