How Newcastle Compare To Seven Years Ago After 11 Games

There’s not too many difference with Newcastle’s record seven years ago after 11 games played in the Championship.

Seven years ago we had lost only one and won 7 whereas this season we have also won 7 of the first 11 games and lost three.

However back in 2009 in the next two games we lost both of them away – we lost 1-0 at Nottingham Forest followed by a 2-1 loss at Scunthorpe three days later.


Rafa Benitez – Newcastle manager

That was the worst time we had that season – and we lost only one more game in early February at Derby County 3-0.

If we can win our next two games at home to Brentford and away to Barnsley over four days – two very tough games – we will be 4 points better off after 13 games than we were 7 years ago.

But that’s a big if of course.

Here are the two records after 11 games played.


Now back to yesterday’s game.

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8 comments so far

  • Toon toon b&w army

    Oct 2, 2016 at 1:33 AM

    Comment #1

    Tbh no team has a squad like ours,come december,January when injurys kick in an form goes out the window teams like huddsf’ld,Norwich ect will struggle as nufc have a large squad and then the quality will kick in,not worried bout how many point we have or had back in 2009,I’m really enjoying this season so far, I know there is a long way to go but do have a good feeling.

  • Kebabacus

    Oct 2, 2016 at 2:30 AM

    Comment #2

    Toon Toon: Agreed, we should finish strongly given the quality that isn’t even making the bench at the moment.

    For the love of god, Rafa, please drop Diame. For a supposed ‘big guy’ he wins nothing in the air and has created nothing.

    I would love to see either Mitro or Atsu get his spot. Mitro’s flick-ons or Atsu’s pace… we would be much more dangerous.

  • JDdubai

    Oct 2, 2016 at 6:12 AM

    Comment #3

    Thought we were poor yesterday, ok you cant play well every time and scrapping out a 1-0 win away from home can be a good attribute.

    But my gripe is how we set up to play the game in the first place. Far too defensive, it was rotherham after all, bottom of the championship tea.

    We were the width of a post away from drawing with them, surely that cant be a good strategy to go with when we should be looking to have the game in the bag by half time.

    Anita is a defensive choice ahead of Yedlin who offers much more attacking and hasnt shown any weaknesses in defense.
    Resting Ritchie laready – cant believe any professional needs a rest by October 1st – Yedlin/Ritchie partnership is our best line of attack and needs game time to gel, could easily handle the PL next season so think they need more time rather than less.
    Diame should be benched for a while, poor for last 3/4 games. Mitro needs game time to get his confidence up and upto match speed.
    Gouffran is his steady self – if you had Lazaar at LB then it makes sense to offer him some protexction but Dummett is ok defensively so why not have Atsu ahead of him?

    Obvs we won which is the bottom line so that is great, Im just a littel disappointed with Rafa’s approach to playing a poor, poor team. If that OG had gone in and we had drawn, Id think more questions would be asked. And if McClaren or Pardew had played this defensively vs Rotherham, even more so.

    Anyway we won so it is academic I guess, just think we should be more aggressive against the bottom of the table sides in this league and have games done and dusted with 30mins to play rather than hanging on.

    For next game:

    Yedlin-Mbemba-Lascelles-Dummett or Lazaar

  • JDdubai

    Oct 2, 2016 at 6:13 AM

    Comment #4

    need to spell check also…

  • expatmag

    Oct 2, 2016 at 6:43 AM

    Comment #5


    Agree with much of what you say. I actually thought Rotherham deserved a draw.

    I feel for the next game, we need to be more attack minded but also wary therefore we cannot afford to play 2 attacking full backs. I would like to see what Lazaars can do instead of Dummett. He is due a rest. Agree about Hayden being in there altjough Cback did a lot of unselfish work yesterday. Hayden is more creative.

    Diame must be dropped. Drop Gayle in behind Mitro.

    I would be rrluctant to drop either Lascelles or Clark because I thought tjey were our 2 best performers.

    Team for Brentford at home and NOT rafa bingo


    Anita Lascelles Clark Lazaars

    Shelvey Hayden

    Ritchie Gayle Atsu


  • catchy in norway

    Oct 2, 2016 at 7:09 AM

    Comment #6


    that’s what i think too, Diame is missing to many chances, i’m not sure what his role is, mitro and gayle would be a much stronger pairing

  • Moonraker15

    Oct 2, 2016 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #7

    We were width of the post from scoring 2 more goals as well so stop fckin moaning! We won!

  • BeeGuy

    Oct 2, 2016 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #8


    The poorer teams resort to “head tennis” to keep the better teams from moving the ball around on the deck. They put the ball high in the air, anywhere. and disrupt the organization of teams like Newcastle.The smaller NUFC players had trouble winning those headers and bringing the ball under control. While the ball was in the air, Rotherham defense got back to defend, or came forward to join in the scramble. It was ugly, and we will see it again from some other clubs.


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