The average home gate at league games at St. James’ Park so far this season is very close to 50,000 and that’s not bad for a second division team.
And maybe our last home game against Norwich was close to the Istanbul miracle Rafa Benitez pulled off with Liverpool back in 2005 when they were 3-0 down at half time came back to be 3-3 after 90 minutes and win by penalties after extra time.
Last Wednesday night Newcastle were behind 3-2 going into at least six minutes of stoppage time and we scored in the 5th minute and 6th minute to win the game 4-3 – and that was against a top promotion contender in Norwich City.
Rafa Benitez at the New York Stadium last Saturday
So we gained all 3 points in the last two minutes stoppage time.
If you wrote that in a fictional story it would not pass muster – because it’s just too unrealistic.
Well maybe nor if it’s Roy of the Rovers?
But that’s Rafa Benitez – a bone fide world-class manager and he’s got the Newcastle players believing in themselves, playing well and building a winning attitude.
Hopefully the team will keep improving as the season progresses.
And our next road game at Barnsley will have 5,500 traveling fans in attendance with the club announcing the away allocation is completely sold out.
The road games at Fulham, Bristol City, Derby County, Aston Villa and Rotherham all had full support from traveling Newcastle fans with the allocation of away tickets being completely sold out.
After winning just two games on the road last season and getting just 9 points in 19 games we have already amassed 13 points from our first six road games this season.
That’s the definition of a transformation and Rafa is getting the job done on Tyneside and we are nicely positioned in 3rd place in the Championship after 11 games played, the first two of which we lost.
Long may it all continue and we promise to (at try to) keep our feet on the ground.
Howay The Lads!!