At this time last year Newcastle had just beaten Everton 2-1 at St. James’ Park and we had 25 points from our first 11 league games with 7 wins and four draws, but this year we have only 14 points in the league table and are in 10th position.
Kevin Nolan – after scoring the winning goal yesterday
And even when you look at the season before last, when Chris Hughton was in charge we garnered 17 points from our first 11 games and were in the top half of the table, so this is out worst start since getting promoted in May of 2010.
And for our relegation season, when e were still in turmoil after Kevin Keegan left the club we gained 11 points form our first 11 games, although four of those came in the first couple of games with a draw at Manchester United and a 1-0 home win over Bolton.
Next up for Newcastle in the league is Swansea at home next Saturday, followed by Southampton away eight days later, and then Stoke away on the following Wednesday, in a game we won 3-1 last season.
After the Swansea game we entertain CS Maritimo at St. James’ Park so we could be affected at Southampton and heaven help us if we are beaten at St. mary’s and hand the Saints only their second league win of the season.
Alan Pardew had talked before the Liverpool game about Newcastle picking up points in these next batch of games, but that hasn’t happened, and we are in danger of having a mediocre season, like Stoke City had last season when they played in the Europa League.
It could be that we don’t have a big enough squad and a enough good players to play two games a week, as the top clubs do.
What do you think?
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