After the games today in the Premier League, Newcastle are still fairly well positioned in the Premier League, and still better off than we thought they’d be this stage of the season.
Chris Hughton – hopefully we’ll learn from yesterday’s poor performance
Newcastle are still in the top half of the table, albeit in 10th place, and are currently 4 points off 5th place and 4 points above the relegation zone, so the season could still go either way.
But we shouldn’t over-react to the game yesterday, when we admittedly played really poorly against an in-form side, and paid the penalty with a 5-1 hammering.
We have to remember that it was only 11 days ago that Newcastle were in 5th place in the league, after we had beaten Arsenal 1-0 at the Emirates following the 5-1 hammering of Sunderland, and just before we played Blackburn Rovers at home.
We had hoped we could have taken maximum points from the home games against Blackburn and Fulham, to prove the lads were getting a little bit of consistency into their game this season, but it wasn’t to be, and we got just one point out of those two games.
Since the afternoon of 10th November, a short 11 days ago, we’ve sunk in the league a little bit, after getting just a single point from our last three games, and that came after winning the previous three games on the trot.
The next three games are against Chelsea at home, WBA away and then Liverpool at home, so they are not easy matches, but we’ll have to wait and see how we can do from now on – and more importantly which Newcastle side will turn up for each game.
At least with Chris Hughton in charge on Tyneside, it looks like Newcastle will go into each of those games, trying to find some way to get all 3 points.
One thing the lads must do this week, is to learn from their mistakes of yesterday, so they can cut out the sloppy goals we started to concede against Blackburn and continued yesterday. That’s certainly one area that Newcastle must improve on in the coming games, and we can measure the improvement in defense by how many clean sheets the lads can keep.
But it’s hardly doom and gloom time, as we’re still ahead of where we thought we’d be at this stage of the season – after all if we finish 10th in the Premier League this season – we’ll have done just great.
If somebody had said back in July, 2009 that we’d be in 10th place in the Premier League in17 months time, we would have asked them what they were smoking.
Hey, if we can survive the season, and end up in a decent position, the club can then press on, by further strengthening the squad in the summer.