A simply disastrous day for The Magpies?
Desperate. That word describes Newcastle United?s situation perfectly right now ? because they look like a side who are hurtling down the precipice with no hope of escape. They may finally have ended their five-and-a-half-game away-goal drought but John Carver?s men have still not won a game since February 28th ? with the Magpies succumbing to their ninth defeat in their last 10 matches.
Despite taking the lead against already-relegated Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road after 24 minutes thanks to Emmanuel Riviere?s first-ever Premier League goal, Newcastle?s ineptitude in defence meant that they were 2-1 down by the 61st minute ? having been ahead at half-time.
A header from Matt Phillips that goalkeeper Tim Krul should have done better with and probably should have saved brought QPR level, and then a 30-yard wonder strike from Leroy Fer condemned the Magpies to yet another defeat. Hull City may yet go down, but Newcastle could quite easily drop instead.
It was a game that summed up John Carver?s five month spell in charge of The Toon to a tee.
Quite simply, he got everything wrong from start to finish and wasn?t helped out by the majority of his players, who need to have a long hard look in the mirror over the next seven days before West Ham travel to St James? Park next Sunday.
Here are how the 14 players that took to the field at Loftus Road faired on the day?