Newcastle’s quest for Premier League survival starts tomorrow night at Villa Park, and we have 15 games to pick up enough points to avoid relegation, and while the club have done fantastically well to get five good players through the door this month – the proof of the pudding is in the eating – and in this case in the results.
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa – this lad can help us survive
Newcastle must stop playing like losers – and when we get into a winning position – like against Reading – who hadn’t won away from home all season, and had never scored an away goal in the second half all season – we did the unthinkable and gave away two stupid goals in the second half – and found another way to lose a game.
I’m not trying to be cynical (well not too much) – but when teams continue to lose games they tend to get a losing mentality – and that’s what Newcastle have at the moment.
That has to be broken of course – and confidence is a huge thing - and a win or two early on in this home stretch - will give the players and the manager confidence that we can indeed survive in the league this season.
The very first goal has to be to stay in the Premier League – and if we can do that we’ll be happy enough, because our squad for next season will be much better than at the beginning of this season, and we’ll not have any European competition - well we assume we wont - unless we win the Europa League.
There’s a thought. .
The second goal is that we need to finish as high in the table as possible, and a top 10 position would be great – given the results of the last three months.
I wont repeat the results – but it’s one of the worst runs of a Newcastle side ever in the Premier League, and suffice to say our 21 points after 23 games is the lowest total ever by a Newcastle side in the Premier League after 23 games played.
The new recruits will help turn things around - so we are optimistic we can save our season and survive – anything past that is a bonus at this point.
What do you think?
Howay The Lads!!
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