Newcastle have played three completely different games so far in the Premier League season.
Chris Hughton – has made good start in Premier League
In the first game at Old Trafford it was obvious what class means to a team, as Manchester United looked streets ahead of Newcastle in everything they did.
And we were perhaps a little lucky to keep the score down to just 3-0, as the Red Devils squandered chances in the second half.
Then in the next game, Newcastle just annihilated Aston Villa, after they should have been behind in that game after just 10 minutes when John Carew wastefully missed a penalty by blazing way over the bar.
But then Joey Barton scored that wonder goal on 12 minutes, and the rest is history with one of the biggest ever wins for Newcastle in the Premier League.
The 8-0 win against fellow relegation strugglers Sheffield Wednesday back in September of 1999, in Sir Bobby Robson’s home debut as manager, stands out as another tremendous performance from the Magpies, with Alan Shearer scoring five goals.
The Aston Villa game was similar to that game, in that it was Chris Hughton’s Premier League home debut as Newcastle manager, and new number 9 Andy Carroll, like Shearer a local lad, scored a hat-trick.
Let’s hope Chris does half as well as the phenomenal Bobby Robson did at Newcastle – as Bobby had Newcastle in 4th, 3rd and 5th places in his last 3 seasons on Tyneside – and Bobby was both a tremendous manager but also a great guy who was respected the world over.
And back to the present – in our third game this season we had a very tough game at Wolves, which is a hard place to get points – and we should have been at least two goals up at the break, but found ourselves instead 1-0 down, after dominating the first 45 minutes in a very physical game.
But it is testament to the new spirit at Newcastle, that the lads were able to come back from that adversity, and at the end of the game get a good point away from home.
So it’s 4 points in our first 3 games, and given the opposition the team has played so far, most Newcastle fans will be very happy with that points return.
Now we have fellow promotion team Blackpool at St. James’ Park on Saturday, and of all the games this season this would be the game where Newcastle would be expected to get all 3 points.
But that may not be as easy as it looks, although with new boys Sol Campbell, Frenchman Hatem Ben Arfa and Ivory Coast International Cheick Tiote all expected to be on the bench, a sell-out crowd will hopefully be at the game this Saturday.
A win against Blackpool and Newcastle can be in a better position than they are now – which is a decent 8th position.
The next games after Blackpool are Everton away, Chelsea away in the Carling Cup, and Stoke City at St. James’ Park – so there are no easy games this season, that’s for sure.
But most Newcastle fans are pleasantly surprised at the good start the lads have made, but it’s always going to be one game at a time and our feet are still firmly on the ground for this season.
Next up – Blackpool and it would be great to get a win on Saturday.
The goal continues to be survival this season, but we are willing to be surprised on the upside too. 😀