It seems that Newcastle are finally pulling out of our swoon at the start of the season, when it was even worse than last season – and that was bad enough and led to protests and demonstrations for Alan Pardew to be fired.
Last season we had 4 points from seven games in the league before we went on a surprising five game winning streak and this season we had only 3 points from the first eight games – the worst ever and it equals our record back in the 1898-1899 season.
Steve McClaren – things are looking up
However, in the last four games we have two wins and 7 points and the team are finally showing some life.
When you consider the Sunderland game was in those four games then it could have been even better.
After 12 games played we have 10 points and last season we had 19 points from the first 10 games.
But lack of consistency is again the bane of the team and we must win at home to Leicester City next Saturday and to do that we have to play a lot better than we did at Bournemouth.
But the fact we got a win at Bournemouth when we were outplayed showed that our lads can hang in when things are not going well – and with Ayoze Perez scoring an opportunist goal – we took all 3 points.
We need to keep finding ways of winning games even when we are not the better team on the day.
Most of this year we have found ways of losing games, including eight games in a row and nine in eleven – when John Carver was the interim head coach.
Winning and losing are simply states of mind.
This is what Steve McClaren has said:
“The result was massively important,”“Five or six weeks ago, I think we would have lost that game.
“What impressed me is that over the last four or five weeks, we’ve shown much more of what this team is capable of doing.”
“We’ve seen that in terms of possession, creating chances and scoring goals, and now we’ve also seen that they can dig in when they need to.”
“They’ve got spirit and fight, and they showed they could stay in the game. Early on in the season, we didn’t really see that because we were playing well in the first half and then not sustaining it, or we were dipping for parts of games.”
“We’ve been trying to get them to extend what we were pleased with in parts of the Chelsea and Man City games for a much longer period. Can we do that for 95 minutes, or 96 as was the case on Saturday?”
“We had dips in the game against Norwich, but we came through them. Previously, we hadn’t really been able to come through them like that.”
The proof of the pudding is in the eating and we really need to get all 3 points against Leicester City – who are 3rd top of the league on 25 points and only one point behind joint leaders Man City and Arsenal – and it will not be easy.
If Leicester City win they could even go to the top of the league so they will be really motivated to beat Newcastle.
We need all 3 points next Saturday.