It was great that we broke our terrible seven game run with just one point when we beat an in-form Swansea City die 3-0 at St. James’ Park, but we now need to repeat that against a Manchester City side on Tuesday and they will be an even stiffer test.
But if we are to survive in the Premier League we need to win the majority of our remaining five games, three of which are at home.
Rafa Benitez congratulates Jack Colback on Saturday
Rafa Benitez was asked if the win against the Swans will give the team some much needed momentum:
“I said in an interview that we can talk and talk but we need to win.” “We’ve now won with the kind of performance our fans would expect and they are pleased.”
“Now we have to keep this momentum and the only way to do that is to work hard, be ready and approach the next game with confidence to hopefully win.”
“It’s a very big win.”
“We play against City on Tuesday and that’s a massive game for us now.”
“We approach the game with the confidence we needed before playing against such a top side.”
“They’re a good team – we can see Swansea were a good team,” “First half we pushed and worked very hard, we pressed them and for us it was a very good first half.”
“They started the second half much better and had some chances so we needed to change the shape of the team and start making substitutions, because we needed fresh legs.”
“I’m pleased because the 11 that started did very well and I’m pleased because the players coming from the bench also did well.”
“I’m pleased because we stopped an in-form team.”
“They had a lot of confidence coming into the game so to get three points and three goals in front of our fans can be a buzz for the rest of the season.”
Rafa obviously thinks the Newcastle fans can now provide the atmosphere and buzz for us to win games that could see us safe by the end of the season – they can be the difference between success and failure.
And note that in the five games Rafa has managed we picked up all 4 points at home.
This terrible and disastrous season ends four weeks today and we have five games to play, four are on the next four weekends and the make-up game is with City on Tuesday night.
Three games are at home.
We reckon that three wins and 9 points may be enough to get us to safety and we somehow have to beat out both Norwich and Sunderland to save ourselves.
It’s going to be very close but we do have a chance and it’s a better chance having beaten Swansea.