Rafa Benitez has brought about a massive turnaround in Newcastle´s fortunes over the last four games in which Newcastle have two wins and two draws – and that´s against tough teams like Swansea, Manchester City and Liverpool – which have never been easy games for Newcastle over the past few seasons.
And we finally moved out of the bottom three after the 1-0 win over Crystal Palace in Saturday – thanks to a wonderful goal from new boy Andros Townsend who rifled in from a free kick just outside the penalty box on the right hand side after 69 minutes.
Andros Townsend scoring on Saturday
That’s four goals and two assists from Andros in 11 games for Newcastle – not a bad start to his Newcastle career.
This is what Andros has said about that win:
“It is a massive relief because Crystal Palace were extremely difficult to breakdown in the first half.”
“They set up to frustrate us and the fans.” “It was a nice relief when I got the goal from the set piece.”
“I think you can see how together we are on the pitch. As soon as we went 1-0 up, everyone was just focused, the wingers were helping out the defenders, the strikers were coming back in.”
“So everyone was together, everyone was working for each other.“ “We all deserved the three points as a team.”
“We are just focused on our own games.”
The players are certainly together and it’s night and day with the way the side is now playing compared to the way we played under Steve McClaren when we could collapse at any time in any game and often did.
We now have 33 points from 36 games, one point less than we had at the end of the season when we were relegated back in 2009.
In that season it also looked good with two games to play and we were 4th bottom ahead of Hull City on goal difference – but then we lost our last two games and failed to score a goal.
Hull got a point and survived.
We beat Middlesbrough at home 3-1 in the third last game, but then lost at home to Fulham and away at Aston Villa by scores of 1-0 to take the drop.
So there’s a decent chance we can get well above that 34 points figure this season if we do well in the last couple of games.
That has to be the hope of Newcastle fans everywhere – but it’s still going to be touch and go.
What do you think?