It’s now 18 days since we were thrashed by Chelsea in what was an inexcusable display by a Newcastle side who were 3-0 down after 17 minutes and it could have been 9 or 10 if Chelsea hadn’t taken their foot off the gas once they knew they had all 3 points in the bag.
We have seen our players then jet off to the warmth and hospitality of southern Spain for some warm weather training and they had a friendly game against Lillestrom.
We won that game 2-1 and we make a point of saying that because we don’t get too many opportunities to say that Newcastle won a game this season.
Mike Ashley – shelled out £82M – but we are still second bottom
Now after 18 days of preparation we have two vital games coming up – against Stoke City tonight and then at home to Bournemouth on Saturday – and the Cherries are playing well having drawn 0-0 at Watford and beaten Southampton 2-0 at home last night – that’s their last two games and 4 good points.
They will be a difficult team to beat on Saturday and it will not be an easy game.
It will not be an easy game tonight either at Stoke City but we need a win.
We need a win to cheer up the many Newcastle fans who cannot quite believe just how bad this season has been.
It’s been a complete and utter disaster – so far.
Especially after owner Mike Ashley decided to shell out some of Newcastle’s money in the transfer market and allowed £82M to be spent on eight new players over the last two transfer windows.
But we are still second bottom of the league and we need to start winning games if we are to avoid the drop in May.
If ever Newcastle needed a win then it’s tonight at Stoke City.