Things are looking a lot more positive at Newcastle since our great comeback against Manchester United on Tuesday night in what was one of the best games seen in the Premier League this season.
And coupled with Jonjo Shelvey and Henri Saivet coming in it has lightened the mood considerably this week.
Steve McClaren – has to get some wins on the board soon
But even this week we lost two points to the two sides that were below us in the league – as Aston Villa and Sunderland both won their games and Sunderland are now above Newcastle on goal difference and we second bottom.
So the game on Tuesday night didn’t help us too much, we dropped one place and we need some wins from now on if we are to escape relegation.
And with games spread out to about one a week for the rest of the season if we don’t win games soon Newcastle will be down there in the relegation zone for some time.
In SkyBet Newcastle are still third favorites to be relegated at 4/6 odds on, with only Aston Villa (1/20) and Sunderland (1/3) worse off than we are in the betting.
Here’s our current league position today before the tough game at home this afternoon.
If we can wint he game today we could even move up to 16th place depending on the other results – and that;s 5th bottom bit another defeat and that would mean just two point in the last six league games and our slump after beating Liverpool and Tottenham in successive games will continue.
Our record this season is not good – in fact it’s still the worst ever in the Premier League after 21 games played.
And here are the rest of the 17 fixtures left in which we probably have to get 23 points at least in order to survive.
January Sat 16 15:00 H West Ham Sat 23 15:00 A Watford February Wed 03 19:45 A Everton Sat 06 15:00 H West Brom Sat 13 17:30 A Chelsea Sun 28 12:00 H Manchester City March Wed 02 19:45 A Stoke City Sat 05 15:00 H Bournemouth Sat 12 15:00 A Leicester City Sat 19 15:00 H Sunderland April Sat 02 15:00 A Norwich City Sat 09 15:00 A Southampton Sat 16 15:00 H Swansea City Sat 23 15:00 A Liverpool Sat 30 15:00 H Crystal Palace May Sat 07 15:00 A Aston Villa Sun 15 15:00 H Tottenham
Things are starting to look up – yes – but this is a reality check and Newcastle need to start winning very soon to alleviate the concerns among fans that we could still become a Championship club in May.
And that would be a compete and utter disaster.
Remember since Alan Pardew left the club we have only seven wins in 40 Premier League games and that’s two games more than a season and only 31 points on the board with a shocking goal difference of -33 and 73 goals conceded.
We hope that’s eight wins by this evening but another defeat would not be good.
What do you think?