One of the things that can be classed as positive about last night’s 1-0 defeat at Craven Cottage is that it came in the very first game of the season.
So all this hype about Newcastle walking away with the Championship and being a cast iron certainty for promotion isn’t as obvious or as certain as it may appear.
That’s a good thing for both players, the coaching staff and the fans and we now probably need to get back down to earth.
Rafa Benitez at Fulham
Rafa will prepare the side for two home games in a row coming up against Huddersfield and Reading, where hopefully we can pick up all 6 points – but that is no longer a certainty either.
Rafa Benitez is nothing if not pragmatic – and he had this to say after the game:
“The only positive is that it is the beginning of the season and we have to make sure we are ready for the next game.”
“We need to improve a lot of things.” “Everybody has realized it can’t be like this for the rest of the season.”
That’s right – it cannot be like this for the rest of the season – that would be as disastrous as last season was.
Newcastle have to defend better than we did last night and the defeat will do nothing to help with the confidence of our players and of the team overall.
Two wins in a row will steady the ship and we probably need to average two points a game to be on track so that’s 10 points from the following four games scheduled for August, three of which are at home:
August: Sat 13 15:00 H Huddersfield Wed 17 19:45 H Reading Sat 20 15:00 A Bristol City Sat 27 17:30 H Brighton
That’s possible if we can play somewhere near our best form.