One of Newcastle’s many weaknesses this season has been inconsistency and under Steve McClaren after we put in a good performance it was generally followed by a horrendous display, so we quickly became a Jekyll and Hyde side.
As an example of that after one of the our best performances of the season at home to West Brom on 6th February, when we easily won 1-0 and could have scored more, we followed that up by not turning up at Stamford Bridge in the next game.
Rafa Benitez on Saturday
Newcastle were 3-0 down after just 17 minutes in what was simply a disgraceful and embarrassing performance by the team.
But it didn’t stop the Brains Trust at Newcastle from deciding to go ahead and jet off for a five day holiday in La Manga when the outcome of that trip was that we had Coloccini injured and he will now probably not return this season from that calf injury.
When he was injured there were even reports he could make the next game at Stoke City, so we were led to believe it was only a minor injury.
More incompetence from those running Newcastle.
We have had only two successive wins all season when we beat Liverpool 2-0 at home on 6th December and then a week later Ayoze Perez scored the dramatic winner at White Hart Lane to get a great 2-1 win.
At that time we thought Newcastle had turned the corner, but we could only draw 1-1 with bottom club Aston Villa in the next game and following that we lost the next four games 1-0, including the defeat at Watford in the FA Cup.
So in McClaren’s words – it was another three steps back and when Steve left us in March we were a cumulative 25 steps back for the season.
So Newcastle have been inconsistent all season long and tonight we have a chance to get our second win in a row against a strong Manchester City side for only the second time this season.
If the lads can do that it will give them tremendous confidence and belief for the final four games – where anything would become possible.
Bit what we cannot have is a poor performance and we cannot give away early goals either – we cannot have any collapse.
If anything, we have to play even better than we were on Saturday against Swansea.
So it really is a great opportunity for our players to put in a second successive good performance and get all 3 points as Rafa Benitez stressed in his press conference yesterday.
If Newcastle can do that it will be massive for Newcastle United and we could even survive this season.
In short – if Rafa is to save us this season and stay on at Newcastle – we really need the win tonight.
Howay The Lads!!