After the 3-1 defeat at Southampton Newcastle were on 25 points and 6 points behind Norwich with an inferior goal difference by 7 goals although we did have a game in hand.
Fast forward three games and we are now a single point behind Norwich on 30 points with an inferior goal difference of one goal, but they have a game in hand on us.
So if we can do as well in our final three games who knows – we could even beat the drop this season for the second year running.
Rafa Benitez – we must win these last three games
Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez was asked about the team picking up 5 points in the last three games and this is what he said in the Chronicle today:
“It’s a good sign. I always said that we have to keep believing until the end and keep fighting until the end.”
“We have done that and have three games to play. We are close but we have to carry on doing the same thing.”
“We can’t make the mistake of thinking we have a chance of staying up – we only have a chance of staying up if we win against Crystal Palace.”
“If we win against Palace we have that chance. So we must look to give everything and get three points.”
“Then we can start thinking about Aston Villa and whether we are close or not.”
“But we have to win our games, starting with this one. The message is very clear from everybody here.”
“It’s about Crystal Palace and if we want to have a dream, we must start it on Saturday.”
“You have to realise that the manager who is coming here now knows this team and the club and Cabaye is the same.
“There are a lot of players on the pitch that have to realise if they come here they will feel the pressure because the fans are behind our players.”
Any of the last three games that we don´t win, puts us in dire danger of being relegated for the second time in a short seven years.
That would be catastrophic for Newcastle United, especially since we have spent a massive £82M this season on bringing in eight new players.
If we do go down there will be an inquest on what exactly happened, but from the outside looking in – it looks like it´s been caused by sheer management incompetence by those running the club from the top.
Heads will need to roll.