No Chance Of Newcastle Doing This Under Benitez

Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp has said that Newcastle shouldn’t get too carried away with their recent results, which has put us one point from safety – two if you consider goal difference.

Redknapp also thinks the challenge to keep Newcastle in the Premier League is one of the biggest challenges in Rafa Benitez’  career, and we agree with that.

jamie redknapp

Jamie Redknapp – Sky Sports pundit

This is what Jamie has said in the Daily Mail today:

“Coming from two goals down to draw at Anfield suggests Rafa Benitez has instilled belief at Newcastle but they mustn’t get too carried away,”

“When he took over they were second bottom and one point adrift of safety and that’s where they remain.”

“It’s now a case of who wants to win at the bottom. Draws for Newcastle and Sunderland were good on paper but Norwich will be delighted neither side won this weekend.”

“Rafa’s reputation is on the line and keeping Newcastle up will be one of the biggest challenges of his career.”

When Rafa first arrived and before the game at Leicester City on March 14th, we were second bottom and one point from safety – two if you consider  goal difference – with a game in hand.

17	Sunderland	29   -19    25
18	Norwich City	29   -23    24
19	Newcastle       28   -25    24
20	Aston Villa     29   -33    16

Seven games later and we have six points more on the board – 30 points –  but are still two points from safety if you consider goal difference – and we have now played one more game than Sunderland and Norwich.

This is how we are now.

PosTeamGamesGDPoints
Crystal Palace38-1242
16Bournemouth38-2242
17Sunderland38-1439
18Newcastle38-2137
19 Norwich38-2834
20Aston Villa38-4917

So looking at it that way, we are worse off then when Rafa first arrived – at least compared to Norwich and Sunderland..

But we have also come on well in the last three games after taking just one point from the first four games under Benitez – and we hope we can surge to get three wins in a row to finish off the season.

Only time will tell whether we can do that, but we must have a good chance of beating Crystal Palace at home and Aston Villa away on the next two games?

Notice that Aston Villa have lost all their games since Rafa arrived at Newcastle, so hopefully we can continue that trend the game after next.

We’ll just have to wait and see – but our players will not get carried away with 5 points from the last three games and some good performances in there.

Not with Rafa Benitez as the manager.

It’s a very good time for Newcastle to be coming into some really good form with two very winnable games next up.

We are hoping Rafa can increase his win percentage at Newcastle appreciably before the end of the season.

Howay The Lads!!

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