5 games which signalled disaster for Newcastle


Newcastle's ill-fated campaign started slowly and then lurched from crisis to crisis with only brief moments of respite.

Here, we take a look at some of the key games which heralded the end of their stay in the Barclays Premier League.

1. October 3 2015: Manchester City 6 Newcastle 1

Manchester City v Newcastle at the Etihad

Summer signing Aleksandar Mitrovic's first goal for the club simply served to annoy City as Sergio Aguero struck five times inside a bewildering 20-minute period either side of the break.

2. November 28 2015: Crystal Palace 5 Newcastle 1

Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha scores against Newcastle

Harsh words had been spoken within the dressing room after a 3-0 home defeat by Leicester a week earlier, but the Magpies capitulated in horrific style once again to former boss Alan Pardew's Palace to leave Steve McClaren desperately struggling to keep his head above water.

3. March 5 2016: Newcastle 1 Bournemouth 3

Newcastle v Bournemouth in the Premier League, March 2016

McClaren's time was up when his ramshackle team was dismantled once again by the Cherries in front of the Toon Army, who made their feelings abundantly clear.

4. April 2 2016: Norwich 3 Newcastle 2

Andros Townsend in action for Newcastle against Norwich

New boss Rafael Benitez, having collected his first point from a derby draw with Sunderland the previous weekend, saw his team fight back twice to level, only to concede again in injury time on a day when defeat was not an option.

5. May 7 2016: Aston Villa 0 Newcastle 0

Aston Villa's Jordan Ayew tackled by Newcastle United's Jamaal Lascelles

Victory amid a rebellious atmosphere at Villa Park might have kept the Magpies' survival hopes alive, but they became the only Premier League club not to beat relegated Villa in either meeting this season as a lack of firepower came back to haunt them once again.