When Rafa Benitez first came to Newcastle last March, he stressed the main thing to fight relegation was to keep calm.
And while Rafa was unable to save us from relegation after the completely incompetent Steve McClaren had been left in charge for too long, we still got 12 points from the last six games after getting just one point from the first four games Rafa managed at Newcastle.
Rafa Benitez last night – looks fairly happy
History seems to have repeated itself this season and while we got nothing from our first two games we have won the following six games in all competitions and scored 17 goals and conceding only one.
We are now second top of the Championship one point behind Huddersfield.
In the 18 games Rafa has managed at Newcastle, he has 9 wins (50% win rate) and the cumulative goal difference is +16 – which is amazing.
And after putting in one of our best displays last night for a very long time in dismantling QPR at Loftus Road 6-0 – it is now very important the lads keep their heads down and not get carried away.
Maybe the mantra is “stay calm, concentrate and keep winning.”
Rafa said as much in his post match comments on nufcTV when he smiled only once – a half-smile at the end of the interview.
If you turned the sound off and watched Rafa talking after the game and didn’t know the result – you could have guessed we had lost the game since Rafa came across a little solemn.
But he’s a really smart man and doesn’t want his players to get carried away and get too big for their boots.
It’s very important they keep with the advice Rafa has been hammering into them ever since he arrived on Tyneside.
We must concentrate fully on the next opponent, respect them and try to win any which way we can.
Next up are Wolves who were beaten 4-0 at home last night by Barnsley with all four goals coming in the last 17 minutes of the game.
Barnsley are level on 15 points with Newcastle and one place below us in the league.
We play Wolves at home both on Saturday in the league and on Tuesday night in the 3rd round of the EFL Cup.
The next goal is to win both those two games, but hey – we’re getting ahead of ourselves.
The next goal for Newcastle is to beat Wolves on Saturday afternoon in the league – that’s the only thing that matters right now.
We need 3 more points put up on the board on Saturday.
Howay The Lads!!