It’s something that has come as a major shock to Newcastle fans and given the pre-season when Newcastle were installed as odds-on favorites to get promotion this season, we have started the season with two defeats in a row and one of them at home in front of a sold-out 52,000 fans at St. James’ Park.
That’s not the way we wanted to start the season or expected to start the season.
Dwight Gayle heads home on Saturday to put Newcastle level
But that’s what’s happened and as manager Rafa Benitez has said – it doesn’t help blaming each other and the team simply has to start again and do a lot better.
The lads have to learn what the team has not been doing and start doing the things they practice every day in training.
This is Rafa summing up our current situation:
“It’s not just about the division, you know that when we play at home teams will be organised and play deep. They will play counter-attack.”
“It’s nothing new that we should expect. It’s just more that we need to play with confidence to break down these teams.”
“We need to do what we do in training sessions that we aren’t doing in the games.”
“We were nervous and we gave the other team the belief they could do something.” “Obviously, the two goals are something that’s difficult to explain.”
“But the team still have to better. The second half was much better, but still not enough to win this type of game.”
“Now we have to start again. We can blame each other or anyone but it doesn’t matter, we have to work harder and play better and be sure we don’t make the same mistakes in the next game.”
“In these games, you need to be very sharp and focused. Huddersfield were really up for it at the beginning of the game and they did really well.”
“The system that we want to play, you need to be patient on the ball and spread the play and let them run.”
“But, if we lose the ball, it can be very difficult and that is what we did at times.” “If you are focused and concentrated then you can get results against these teams.”
“We want to do a lot better.”
The terrible start to the season may have caused some fans to think of the disaster scenario this season – that we don’t get promoted.
Just like last season’s disaster scenario was to be relegated.
But it’s very early in the season to start even thinking that defeatist way – and also can be extremely painful – so I don’t recommend it at all.
There’s no good reason with the players we have that once Rafa gets them understanding more fully how he wants them to play and then producing the goods on match-day, that we cannot start to play much better and get some good results.
Rafa showed he could do that when he first came in last March and we lost three of the first four games and drew at home to Sunderland in the other game.
But the poor start this season has shown you can never take anything for granted in football – whatever division we are playing in.
Howay The Lads!!