There are lots of stories and analysis about what´s wrong with Newcastle – it´s the owner, it´s the coach, it´s the players, it´s not spending enough in the transfer market, it´s the weather (well it can be really bad in Newcastle) – and all that stuff.
And the gates at St. James’ Park are down about 2.000 from last year and that shouldn´t be too surprising even at Newcastle – when you think we have only three wins at home all this year in 16 league games.
Ian Cathro and Steve McClaren in training
We´re not exactly sure what the problem is but the solution is easy – start winning games.
Last season we went from doom and gloom after getting just 4 points in our first 7 league games to almost enlightenment when we won five league games in a row to go 5th top of the league at this time last year.
And in there was also a 2-0 win in the League Cup at Manchester City – just for good measure – the first and only time we have ever won at the Etihad Stadium.
There are glimmers of light at the end of this long dark tunnel – and we have taken 7 points from our last four games.
That´s even though we were hammered at Bournemouth last time out but came away with all 3 points thanks to the heroics of goalkeeper Rob Elliot.
And if we can win today that would be 10 points from 5 games and certainly things will really start to look up at Newcastle.
Wins are wins – and even though our display two weeks ago was poor – the mood was still upbeat after the game.
Yes , we were hopeless but we got all 3 points and as Alan Shearer told us after the game – that´s the main thing.
Another win today – our third this season and sixth this year in the league – could really elevate the mood on Tyneside.
And let´s also make the rather wild assumption that we deserve all 3 points this time and that´s almost too much good stuff to take in all at once.
Things could really be swinging for Newcastle fans tonight.
And that has to be good.
All we need is another win.
Howay The Lads!!