Newcastle are simply a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hide side in that we look a very good team at home and a terrible team away from home.
We play some very good football at home and although we find it difficult to score goals, the home crowd is an enormous advantage to the side and the fans have been exceptional this season in supporting our lads.
Steve McClaren and Simon Smith in La Manga last week
We have picked up four of our six wins at home and have picked up 17 of our 24 points from the 13 home games and home form could still save us if we can win most of our six remaining home games.
Steve McClaren has put it in very simple terms in the Chronicle today what we need to do to survive.
Continue with our good form at home but reproduce that form on the road through the end of the season.
That would do it.
This is what McClaren told the Chronicle today:
“We just talked about it. It’s quite simple, in the last 12 games we have collected 14 points, in six of those games at home we have collected 11 points.”
“People have seen that and we have been delighted with the attitude and the kind of football we are playing at home.”
“The problem has been in away games and dealing with setbacks and making sure we go into games and score the first goal. We haven’t done that.”
“The last six games away from home we have won just once.” “So we have talked about maintaining our home form and improving away.”
“We have to maintain that home form – and the crowd are helping us do that enormously.“ “We just have to maintain our home form and somehow improve our away form.”
“The new boys have been talking about the atmosphere and how fantastic it is.” “It’s an actual joy to play at home, so we have to get that enjoyment playing away from home too.”
“We have been disappointing, especially Everton and Chelsea.” “Once we have had a setback we haven’t recovered from that. We have to deal with that.”
Those are good words from the Newcastle manager.
The acid test for Newcastle will come at Stoke a week tomorrow and the Britannia Stadium has never been an easy place for us to pick up points.
But time is running out and we must pick something up there and it would help if we put in a good performance too – but that´s the priority.
We need points first of all – however we can get them.
And then against Bournemouth at home, we just have to win that game against a relegation rival.
It´s easy to say but harder to achieve – but that´s what we need to do this season to survive – keep up the good home form and reproduce that in away games.