Steve Bruce’s men slumped to a disappointing 3-0 defeat at the hands of Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday evening, passing up the chance to leapfrog their opponents in the Premier League table and move five points clear of the relegation zone.
The defeat means the Magpies have now won just two of their last 18 top-flight fixtures, and the result led to fans protesting outside St. James’ Park, calling for Bruce to resign from his position at the helm of the North-East outfit.
It’s not the first time that the former Hull City boss has faced protests during his tenure with Newcastle, and with a tricky run-in between now and the end of the season, it’s hard to see how the Toon are going to avoid the drop.
However, summer-signing Fraser gave an interview to NUFC TV (via the Chronicle) after the Brighton game, saying: “Every game between now and the end of the season – it doesn’t matter who it’s against – is a cup final. This club can’t go down, and we’ll make sure that it doesn’t.” Although it’s clear the supporters don’t share the same confidence.
“Fed up of words, especially from a player who didn’t take part by his own choice in Bournemouth’s relegation last season. Need action, a cohesive, united effort from everyone. We are lumbered with Bruce so lets try and show some desire and fight please Ryan!”
“Means nothing sorry. I can’t see us getting out of this. 1st relegation was softened with have @alanshearer share the pain with us on the pitch. 2nd was softened by having Rafa at the helm. This one will hurt, and will feel hopeless. Brace yourselves marras”
“Is this the same Ryan Fraser that downed tools at Bournemouth during their struggles & subsequent relegation? Wow, imagine being in the trenches with this lad?”
“Pathetic. Every game there seems to be ‘words exchanged’. Seems to work wonders…”
“Bit late in the day to be trying to show a united front after that pathetic display at the weekend and the matches that are coming up. Who are they trying to kid?”
“Actions speak louder than words. All we’ve had so far is words!”
It’s been a tough campaign for everyone involved with Newcastle this season and if Bruce doesn’t turn things around quickly the club will be spending another year in the Championship.