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The Good News – Bad News So Far This Season

5:17 pm, Thursday, September 22nd, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 49 Comments

The good news is that we have won seven of ten total games played, so that’s a 70% win rate and good in anybody’s book.

The bad news with Newcastle so far is that we have lost three of our first eight league games in all competitions.

Compared to how we did six years ago when last we were down in the Championship, we have 15 points from the first eight games – whereas Chris Hughton’s Newcastle had taken 19 points from the first eight games.

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Rafa Benitez – started quite well

That was six wins and one draw and just one defeat at Blackpool and then manager Ian Holloway.

We had a goal difference then of +9 whereas we have a goal difference today of +10.

Here’s the comparison so far.

PlayedWon Lost DrawGFGAGDPoints
This Season8530166+1015
2009-2010 Season8611134+919

We’ll track how we do against Chris’ record six years ago, but it does seem the Championship is now much stronger than it was six years ago.

So we probably should drop our expectations just a little bit – as Rafa said in Monday’s press conference – this is not a parade (to the Championship title).

One advantage with Rafa is that he goes all out to win every single game – so while we may have more than the four defeats suffered by Chris’s side in the 46 games in 2009-2010, when we won 30 and drew 12 – we could also win more games.

There will probably be less than the 12 draws we had six years ago, although Rafa’s philosophy in a game is if you cannot win – don’t lose.

We’ll have to see how it goes.

In the League Cup back in 2009 we had beaten Huddersfield 4-3,  but then we lost in the 3rd round 2-0 at Peterborough, so we were out of the League Cup at this time six years ago.

Of course in those days the cups were not important to Newcastle and were definitely second priority – that’s no longer the case under Rafa Benitez.

We have started well under Rafa, especially when you consider the first two games were both shock defeats and Rafa’s goal is for the team to get better and better as the season progresses.

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49 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Lindisfarne // Sep 22, 2016 at 5:31 PM

    The Championship has changed too, every game is going to be a tough match this time round. Generally all the other teams in this league are a level above those six years ago. Last time it was more about not loosing through over confidence, this time the opposition are a lot smarter, fitter and more technically proficient.

  • 2 Lindisfarne // Sep 22, 2016 at 5:45 PM

    My personal team selection and my bingo entry would be quite different, but I am going with the former:

    ————- Mitrovic
    Gouffran – Shelvey – Ritchie
    ——- Colback – Hayden
    Lazaar – Clarke – Lascelles – Yedlin
    ————— Darlow

    I don’t think Villa are in any great shape.

  • 3 GeordieTwo // Sep 22, 2016 at 6:17 PM

    I would try something like this against Villa:
    Darlow
    Yedlin Mbemba Lascelles Lazaar
    Ritchie Hayden Shelvey Gouffy
    Gayle
    Murphy

  • 4 GeordieTwo // Sep 22, 2016 at 6:18 PM

    Don’t give up on Mbemba because of an own goal. Just about every CB will put one in his own net once in a while. If not Mbemba then Clarke in there.

  • 5 GeordieTwo // Sep 22, 2016 at 6:24 PM

    If we can get past Preston it’s the quarter finals for us. Once we get that far anything can happen. We’re actually moving forward after 9 years in hell with Ashley. I don’t count the fifth because it was full of total disappointment the following year. Ashley couldn’t handle having a winning club that was in a decent if not great competition (Europa) and let the club fall apart again from then on. Pardew fell apart with it.

  • 6 Ron Knee // Sep 22, 2016 at 6:44 PM

    If anybody gives a monkey’s:-

    “Steve McClaren set to turn down offer of return to Queens Park Rangers.”

  • 7 catchy in norway // Sep 22, 2016 at 7:05 PM

    g2

    i agree , and i think chancel is our best defender

  • 8 lesh // Sep 22, 2016 at 7:41 PM

    Ron

    McLaren’s getting a bit picky by turning down QPR. Could he be doing the honourable knowing that the departure lounge’s beckoning Jimmy Floyd H? If nowt else, McLaren’s a decent bloke.

  • 9 Toon Tang // Sep 22, 2016 at 7:58 PM

    Lesh, he’s keeping himself open for when we come knocking. I think we may have judged him too soon..

  • 10 Essex Geordie Bill // Sep 22, 2016 at 8:00 PM

    I did post earlier that on our current form we would get 93 if it continued to end of season which would mean automatic promotion, if anyone is interested.

    People picking Darlow I think are doing so in hope rather than expectancy, I reckon he’ll go back to Sels. But I’ll probably go for Darlow when I do my selection, currently is a better GK.

  • 11 Jail for Ashley // Sep 22, 2016 at 8:01 PM

    lesh,
    Are you being sarcarstic about Mclaren being a decent bloke.

  • 12 Essex Geordie Bill // Sep 22, 2016 at 8:01 PM

    93 points

  • 13 Essex Geordie Bill // Sep 22, 2016 at 8:03 PM

    Jail

    Being a bad manager doesn’t make him a bad bloke!

  • 14 Jib // Sep 22, 2016 at 8:12 PM

    This is where Jail and Mr Tuff reveal themselves as very simple folk.
    Just because Pardew , Carver and McClaren fail as managers of a PL club – doesn’t make them the Devil incarnate.

  • 15 Jail for Ashley // Sep 22, 2016 at 8:29 PM

    Nothing to do with his being a bad manager, I was referring to the very public affairs he put his wife through and the fact he refused to resign at Derby last year after completely messing up their season by flirting with Churnley and co, knowing full well he’d be coming here after he’d been sacked, sounds like a bit of a shite house if you ask me!

  • 16 SPRINGY // Sep 22, 2016 at 8:37 PM

    Rafa bingo for villa
    —————————–sels——————————–
    Yedlin——mbemba—–lascelles——dummet
    —————-hayden———-shelvey—————–
    Ritchie——————perez———————goofy
    —————————–mitro—————————–

  • 17 SPRINGY // Sep 22, 2016 at 8:37 PM

    Bollicks…..that never worked

  • 18 SPRINGY // Sep 22, 2016 at 8:40 PM

    looks ok on laptop,but team all over on phone!lol….nevermind u all know who plays where!

  • 19 Jail for Ashley // Sep 22, 2016 at 8:44 PM

    You have to understand that Jib is the type of folk that thinks strict disciplinarians get up to the type of shyte Pardew does!

  • 20 Essex Geordie Bill // Sep 22, 2016 at 8:51 PM

    Jail

    Ok you put a good case for him being a sh!tehouse!

  • 21 Jail for Ashley // Sep 22, 2016 at 8:52 PM

    EGB,
    Thank you, I’ll close my case 😀

  • 22 Essex Geordie Bill // Sep 22, 2016 at 8:53 PM

    Springy

    As I understand it you just need to pick the correct 11 not their positions.

  • 23 Essex Geordie Bill // Sep 22, 2016 at 8:58 PM

    Anyway anyone with a haircut like his he deserves a bit of opprobrium.

  • 24 Jail for Ashley // Sep 22, 2016 at 9:01 PM

    opprobrium! Nice

  • 25 Belfast // Sep 22, 2016 at 9:21 PM

    Boycotting Rafa bingo – Due to me winning the first one and Jail completely ignoring it.

  • 26 Belfast // Sep 22, 2016 at 9:22 PM

    Izzzzz itttttttt caus me Irish ?

  • 27 Belfast // Sep 22, 2016 at 9:23 PM

    Yep Jail is irishist.

  • 28 Belfast // Sep 22, 2016 at 9:23 PM

    #BoycottBingo

  • 29 Belfast // Sep 22, 2016 at 9:27 PM

    Lesh he’s probably waiting on Jimmy Floyd getting the sack before he throws his hat into the ring.

  • 30 Jail for Ashley // Sep 22, 2016 at 9:28 PM

    Which one did you win Belfits, ?

  • 31 Jail for Ashley // Sep 22, 2016 at 9:28 PM

    Show me the link!!!!

  • 32 Belfast // Sep 22, 2016 at 9:32 PM

    Qpr.

    It’s too late – I won’t be crossing the picket line.

    #BoycottBingo

  • 33 kajman // Sep 22, 2016 at 9:34 PM

    Evening question to anyone ,,
    1, Atsu,,this guy needs to play,,he will dominate most defenders,
    2, have we a load to buy option, or just load,,

  • 34 Essex Geordie Bill // Sep 22, 2016 at 9:37 PM

    kajman

    sounds like you have a coad! 🙂

  • 35 Belfast // Sep 22, 2016 at 9:38 PM

    Lock and load!

    There is an option to buy if we get promoted apparently.

  • 36 kajman // Sep 22, 2016 at 9:39 PM

    Typo ,sorry guys..

  • 37 Jail for Ashley // Sep 22, 2016 at 9:41 PM

    Belfast bingo ban!!!

  • 38 Jib // Sep 22, 2016 at 9:54 PM

    Belfast
    I knew from the getgo that Jail would screw it up.
    Bent bastid

  • 39 Belfast // Sep 22, 2016 at 9:56 PM

    Aye everybody welcome on the #BoycottBingo picket line. Good crowd here – Me, Ian, carl, Pushy, sack Llambias, Murvar and a nameless bloke from Leeds with a Halloween mask on. Strength in numbers!

  • 40 Belfast // Sep 22, 2016 at 9:58 PM

    Surprised he hasn’t rigged it for Wwsbrd to be winning it Jib.

  • 41 lesh // Sep 22, 2016 at 9:58 PM

    Toon Tang

    Lol

    Jail – no, I wasn’t being sarcastic about McLaren seeming decent. I may be wrong of course. And Jib seems to think he’s ok too – or could he be baiting you?

  • 42 Jail for Ashley // Sep 22, 2016 at 9:59 PM

    Nobody has come forward yet to claim their five points. The rules stand.

  • 43 lesh // Sep 22, 2016 at 10:01 PM

    Belfast, or is it Father Jack, that’s what I was driving at re JFH getting the push.

  • 44 jimmysmith // Sep 22, 2016 at 10:04 PM

    My team v Villa:
    Sels
    Yedlin Mbemba Lascelles Lazaar
    Ritchie Colback Shelvey Gouffy
    Diame
    Mitrovic

    Resting Perez reluctantly. I like him in the hole behind a big striker, but Diame’s midweek effort gets him the nod this time. Also think Clark may soon break in more permanently either at CB or LB. I’d definitely put him among our best 5 defenders.

  • 45 Jail for Ashley // Sep 22, 2016 at 10:10 PM

    lesh,
    Then that most definitely concludes the case, the evidence is damping. If Jib reckons he’s alright then he is 100% a shite house!

  • 46 Jib // Sep 22, 2016 at 10:10 PM

    When it comes to BentBingo
    You’ll get no sense from
    Jail for Ashley

  • 47 Jib // Sep 22, 2016 at 10:15 PM

    Damp evidence !
    The worst kind

  • 48 welshgeordie9 // Sep 22, 2016 at 10:22 PM

    For a person who dosent Like previous managers jail don’t half go on about them, I’m sure he’s got pictures of them on his walls and either side of his bed covered with little red roses with i love you cushions.

  • 49 Mister Tuff // Sep 22, 2016 at 10:24 PM

    Jib Jibberish ——-WHAT”S THIS SHYTE.

    “Jib // Sep 22, 2016 at 8:12 PM

    This is where Jail and Mr Tuff reveal themselves as very simple folk.
    Just because Pardew , Carver and McClaren fail as managers of a PL club – doesn’t make them the Devil incarnate.”

    Eh – what’s all that about.
    Certainly publicised King Percy’s “off the field” mischief on here. Racisim, at West Ham, shagging exploits with hooers, scoffing another mans food etc etc.
    I am now happy to publicise the King Percy Dance Club.

    Cannot recall saying anything against Carver – prove me wrong.
    Wally Brolly – yesterdays man should never have got the job.
    Carver was just filling in until Wally left Derby at the season end.

    More invented crap from Jib Jibberish – blog pest.




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