After 29 games played last season Leicester City were on 19 points from 29 games and they then won two in a row so after 31 games played they had 25 points.
That’s exactly the same points total as Newcastle have at the moment after 31 games and we are second bottom whereas last year at this time Leicester were rock bottom.
They were 3 points from safety from 4th bottom Hull City who were on 28 points with Hull having played one more game.
Leicester’s goal difference of -19 technically meant they were really 4 points from safety with Hull have a goal difference of -16 after 32 games played.
Nigel Pearson – 22 points in final 9 games last season
Leicester went on to take 16 points from their remaining 7 games – 5 wins, a draw and a defeat to Chelsea – to survive on 41 points.
If Newcastle can replicate that effort we would end up safe on 41 points – 2 points more than last season – so it’s something the players should be aware of – all is not lost.
And of course Leicester are amazingly now 7 points clear at the top of the Premier League with only 6 games to play and every chance of winning it for the first time ever.
But we have to get a win as soon as possible under Rafa, and with that the players will gain a lot of confidence.
We still have four home games to play – and given a sold-out St. James’ Park we could still get four wins – it’s certainly possible if our players are up for each of those games against Swansea, Manchester City, Crystal Palace and Tottenham.
That’s what it’s going to take if we are to survive this season and certainly Rafa Benitez is thinking only of that and nothing else.
That’s certainly the right way to look at things.
Maybe if we can get both Fabricio Coloccini and Paul Dummett back in defense for Saturday we could be a lot more solid and start Aleksandar Mitrovic up front.
We can start winning these games, but only if our defense tightens up significantly after Saturday’s below-par performance at Carrow Road.