Desperate times for Toon fans
Just how much damage did Newcastle United's 1-0 loss at Tottenham Hotspur exactly cause?
Make no mistakes there are once again more questions than answers for those who still have hope Newcastle will be playing Premier League football next season.
The R word is no longer one that is hushed at St James's Park, it has now become a very realistic possiblity unless Newcastle can turn it round in the last five games.
With one win in 2009, a 3-2 victory over the only team that have been more hopeless than Newcastle this season in West Brom, many feel there is no reason to believe that things are about to change.
It gives me no pleasure to say 'I was right' but just moments before the kick-off at Bolton in early March I raised the issue that we may not win again until Portsmouth at home, Steve McManaman and Andy Cole found the claim hilarious in the warmth of the TV studios.
Macca said: "What? They've got Stoke and Hull, and he doesn't even fancy them either?"
Well no actually having watched a shambles unfold at St James's Park throughout the season.
Well we weren't laughing then and we certainly are not laughing now as the prediction has sadly come true.
Now Newcastle's Premier League future depends on whether the Mags can BEAT Portsmouth.
It's a double whammy for the Toon, Hull must lose to Liverpool and Newcastle need all three points against Pompey.
If Wigan can do Newcastle a favour and beat Blackburn then fine, but we stopped relying on favours a while ago now.
Even then that would only reduce the gap to a point and after hoping Liverpool do the business against the Tigers, we're then hoping they don't do the business the week after when we head to Merseyside - at a ground where we haven't won a Premier League game since 1994.
As one southern journalist walked into the Press room yesterday at Spurs and said: "It looks like a farewell party for you boys in your last few games eh?"
He sadly had a point.
Whether United go down with a fight is down to the players, the fans know that the TV cameras will be present and looking for good shots of the Toon Army as this nightmare unfolds.
The only way out is those three home wins and praying.
Praying that others don't pick up wins or praying Newcastle can get something at Liverpool or Aston Villa.
Desperate, isn't it?