Newcastle face Tottenham on Monday night, and todayâ€™s results have not helped Newcastleâ€™s league position.
We actually jumped one place to 8th on goal difference after Aston Villaâ€™s 9 men were beaten 4-1 by Manchester United.
But lots of teams above us all won and the top 7 seem to be pulling away from the pack.
Michael Owen – can he fire us to a win against Tottenham on Monday night?
Seven teams above Newcastle at the start of the day all won on Saturday â€“ Blackburn, Manchester City, Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool, Portsmouth and Chelsea. This means that Chelsea are now 4 points ahead of us on 18 points in 7th place. So whatever we do on Monday evening will now only keep us in 8th place. But the top 7 are starting to pull away so it will be important to get all 3 points on Monday evening against the North London side, who have struggled this season.
Our next game after Monday is away to Reading on Saturday, and then the following Saturdays are home and away each week as follows: Portsmouth (H), Sunderland (A), Liverpool (H) and Blackburn (A). The game against Blackburn is on 1st December and in that month we play another 7 games before 2nd January so the games will start to come thick and fast.
In the next few weeks before all the December games, we need to ensure the team starts to gel more, and particularly in defense. The back four should get time to play more together – and that starts with the important game on Monday night.
We think the key to success this season are two basic things. Our defense and the injuries being kept to manageable proportions. Our injuries right now are getting to be under control, and if the defense can gel and stop leaking goals, we have to be in with a great chance this season.
The January transfer window is also available to us to bring in fresh talent, for our push up the league next year. We’ve made a decent start to the season but now is the time for us to start pushing forward. The support will certainly be there from the fans.