The reality is it could be another very bad day for Newcastle fans today as we go to our bogey ground – St Mary´s – where we haven´t scored in the last three fixtures there and are yet to score a goal while conceding a massive 10 goals against the Saints.
If that trend continues today we will be all but certain to do down next month – and who knows what happens to Newcastle then as we go back down to the oblivion of England´s second division?
Rafa Benitez at his press conference yesterday
And although there were hints from Rafa yesterday he could even stay on Tyneside if we are relegated – that´s extremely unlikely for such a talented manager to coach in England’s second division after he started the season as head coach at Real Madrid last June.
But that´s the hope Newcastle fans have been reduced to this season.
So we have to start hoping for wins in each of our last seven games, but Rafa is certainly not panicking and he still seems positive he can save Newcastle this season, but also admits he doesn´t look at the league table table like the rest of us mortals do.
Newcastle fans are not that confident.
Here´s some of what Rafa said yesterday in more upbeat comments:
“This isn’t a team that is giving up.” “They are a team fighting and we were convinced we could score and win.” “It has to be like this for us until the game against Tottenham.”
“The fans have been fantastic so you can say nothing against them.” “They have to concentrate on our team then look at the table after.”
“They can ask for effort and they want to see the players working hard.” “I think they could see the reaction against Norwich.”
“We have some good players but they need to have confidence.” “Some time you have to score first or control the game and then it will be easier for us.”
“At the bottom of the table you can’t ask for too many things.” “You have to try, then be ready if something is wrong.” “You have to be sure to do the right things and it will be positive.”
“Then it will be easier to use the quality we have.”
So Rafa is asking the fans to stay with the team whatever happens today and next up are two games at home against Swansea and Manchester City and it wouldn´t be beyond the realm of possibility with a sold-out crowd we could win those games.
Remember that a win could typically mean gaining a full 3 points on Norwich in one game, so we should remain upbeat – although that´s difficult.
At this point Rafa may be looking to win each of our final four home games if we are to have any chance of making that miraculous recovery we would all love to see.