We´ll be talking this week about how unlucky we were to have Coloccini sent off against Sunderland but it´s still another derby game we have lost.
That´s six in a row against a Sunderland team who have been struggling in the league over the last three seasons and before the game yesterday they were bottom of the table without a win.
And before the penalty you could see why they were bottom – they looked hopeless.
Steve McClaren 6 points from 10 games
But the referee´s poor decision will help deflect attention from what is one of Newcastle´s worst starts after 10 games in their history.
It´s not the worst after 10 games because back in the 1898-1899 season we had just four draws in our first ten games, but then we won the 11th game when we took Liverpool apart 3-0 at St. James’ Park on Guy Fawkes Day – 5th November 1898 – a game I missed.
That meant we had 7 points after 11 games so if we draw against Stoke we´ll equal that points total – if we lose then it will be the worst start after 11 games in our entire history.
After 10 games last year we had three successive wins and had just beaten Liverpool 1-0 at home and were on 13 points and 11th in the table.
We would move up to 5th place by winning our next two games at West Brom (2-0) and at home to QPR (1-0).
And certainly this year is the worst year we have ever had in the league with 29 games played and only 19 points gained.
That´s a loss rate of 62% and a win rate of 13.8%.
There have also been three cup games this year – and we lost two of those and won thr other.
We have 9 games to go in the league before the end of the year so this year we will play a full season of 38 games – it´s going to be interesting to see how many points we can pick up – but so far it’s been worse than woeful.
And we need points if we are to be clear of the bottom three by January when surely we will be bringing in new signings to improve the squad and try to keep in the Premier League.
It´s probably better we will be talking about the referee this week – anything but have to look at our woeful record this season with even Sunderland now above us in the league table.
It´s not good.