Newcastle have played four games at home in the league and we have only 6 points from those games – two wins and two defeats.
On the road in the league this season we have played five games and we have three wins and one defeat – so 10 points from those five games.
At the moment we are averaging 2 points a game away from home and 1.5 points a game at home in the league – and that’s strange.
Our goal difference at home is +2 and away from home is +8 – with that 6-0 win at QPR the main reason for that.
Rafa Benitez and Jamaal Lascelles
We need to do a lot better in our home games and two defeats in the first four home games is a worrying stat.
Newcastle captain Jamaal Lascelles has talked about this today and we simply must improve our home results if we are to gain promotion this season and get back to the Premier League.
Here’s some of what Jamaal said yesterday:
“After the Wolves defeat, which definitely wasn’t acceptable, things do need to change,”
“Teams can’t be coming to our place and beating us like they did when we played against Wolves.”
“Norwich a good team but we have good, fit lads so there’s no reason why we can’t turn ourselves around and get the win.”
“We have to work on how we cope with teams sitting back.” “Last season it was more that we’d sit back and we’d look to counter teams.”
“It’s completely different now, teams will respect us as a team, as a club and as players. It’s down to us to change our style of play.”
“The game against Villa was maybe slightly different to what we’ll see on Wednesday night, it was much more physical and direct whereas Wednesday will be more technical, tactical and ball-playing.”
“Hopefully that will suit us a bit more.”
“It’s a massive game. Norwich are always a good team – they got promoted a couple of years back. By the end of the season they will be up there – they are top of the table now.”
“It’s a game we have to be winning if we want to be up there.” “It’s a long season so we need to bring it to them tomorrow night.”
Our home form has to improve and it would be a strange thing if we continue to perform better away from home than at St. James’ Park.
That would not be good with most teams gaining promotion based on their form at home.
We were unbeaten at home in our last promotion season seven years ago and we lost only four games of the 46 league games under Chris Hughton and won 30 of them for 102 points.
A win tonight against Norwich at home is what the doctor ordered.