By Craig Hope for the Daily Mail
Published: 22:35 GMT, 1 March 2020 | Updated: 22:40 GMT, 1 March 2020
In December of 2015, Sportsmail wrote that Newcastle United were sleepwalking towards the Championship. Come May, they were relegated.
The point then was that no-one inside the club was awake to the threat of going down - be that the deluded manager Steve McClaren, the players or the board.
Four years on and you suspect they are just as oblivious to the danger of demotion. They shouldn’t be.
Newcastle currently appear just as oblivious to the danger of relegation as their 2015 failure
Why? Teams who don’t score goals don’t win games. Teams who don’t win games are in trouble. Newcastle are in trouble.
This reality has been coming since the first weekend of the season, only to be delayed by a series of head-scratching victories that arrived more by luck than design.
While those beyond Tyneside were hoodwinked by results, supporters and seasoned observers knew that it would not last.
Amid a subsequent run of one win in 10, Saturday’s stalemate was a fourth straight