Steve McClaren has talked about not worrying too much about the number of points Newcastle have until after 10 games have been played, but today he mentions waiting until after 12 games before we make any firm conclusions on how the season may go.
Certainly Newcastle have a couple of tough games ahead at Manchester United and at home to Arsenal, after we have managed to get only one point from our first two tough games at home to Southampton and at Swansea.
Steve McClaren at Swansea
The home game against the Saints was encouraging, but the 2-0 loss in south Wales showed too many of Newcastle’s failing last season for comfort, and it still looks like the defense needs strengthening.
Steve said Saturday’s trip to Old Trafford for the early kick-off game will be a test of character:
“Every game is tough. Like I said at the beginning of the season, I don’t think you can judge us until we are 12 games in.”
“Last week was very encouraging, this week I thought the first 40 minutes we recovered well after a bright start. After that, nothing so we move on.”
“Next we have a big test of character at Old Trafford.”
It could be difficult to get anything out of the next two games which would mean we have just one point after four games, and then we are at West Ham then home to Watford – so we have to hope we can get a win at least against the newly promoted side.
Here are the first twelve league games of the season.
August Sun 09 13:30 H Southampton 2-2 Sat 15 15:00 A Swansea City 0-2 Sat 22 12:45 A Man Utd Sat 29 12:45 H Arsenal September Mon 14 20:00 A West Ham Utd Sat 19 15:00 H Watford Sat 26 17:30 H Chelsea October Sat 03 15:00 A Manchester City Sun 18 16:00 H Norwich City Sun 25 12:00 A Sunderland Sat 31 15:00 H Stoke City November Sat 07 12:45 A Bournemouth
How many points do you think we can have after those games?
The best chance of getting wins are against Watford, Norwich and Stoke – and maybe at Sunderland?
What do you think?