If you look at the last seven games Newcastle played at the end of last season we did very well.
Of the seven games played we won six and drew one – securing 19 points in the process.
In the last game we even beat Champions Chelsea with a 73rd minute lightning strike – from none other than Titus Bramble.
How things have changed at the end of this season.
The last seven games this season have produced only six points with one win, three defeats and three draws.
It’s interesting to contrast the last seven games of both seasons.
Season Games Won Lost Draw GoalsF GoalsA GoalsD Points 2005-2006 7 6 0 1 16 4 12 19 2006-2007 7 1 3 3 4 7 -3 6
Last season – Martin O’Neil seemed unwilling to commit to the Newcastle job – and Roeder continued to do an outstanding job in getting us to 7th place in the league from 15th position when he took over from Souness on February 2nd.
With a final 7th place we qualified for the Inter-Toto cup and finally reached the last 16 of the UEFA cup. It was hard not to give Roeder the job after this performance.
If we had finished with the same flourish this season we would have collected an extra 13 points and improved our goal average by 15.
That would have given us 56 points and a goal difference of +6 and we would have finished above Bolton in 7th place and have captured a UEFA cup place.
I understand this is all woulda coulda shoulda – but what it does show is that even with seven games to go – when we were placed 11th in the table – and had gone through our terrible injury spell – there was still a chance we could have finished the season respectably.
The fact that we didn’t puts us back with the also rans – and a summer of complete re-building for the squad – and of course a new manager in Sam Allardyce.