If Newcastle fans thought it would be a breeze in the Championship this season, that view was changed quickly when after two games we have suffered two defeats at Fulham (1-0) and at home to Huddersfield (2-1).
After those two defeats Rafa was cool and collected and pointed to the things Newcastle could improve on.
Then we went five league games and one EFL Cup tie and won them all, until we surprisingly lost at home to Wolves 2-0 after we had smashed QPR on the road 6-0.
Jack Colback in action at Derby
After that surprise defeat Rafa was cool and collected and pointed to the things Newcastle could improve on.
Since then we have had four games and won three of them and the game we drew at Aston Villa, the home team scored in the last minute to equalize.
We also had the sensational 4-3 win at home against Norwich City when Newcastle scored two goals in the 5th and 6th minute of stoppage time to turn a defeat into another win.
The mood on Tyneside is certainly upbeat at the moment and our lads are starting to get a winning mentality together as Rafa starts to fine tune the team.
This is what Geordie lad Jack Colback has said about things at Newcastle this season:
“I think the mood is a lot more positive.” “It feels like people are pulling in the same direction more now.”
“The group we’ve got now here as players is very good and obviously the manager has tried to change things which he’s seen fit.”
“Once the fans got over the disappointment of relegation they just want to see the team winning and playing good football and we’re managing to do that a bit more in this league.”
“It’s been an OK start, not fantastic.” “We’ve lost games we shouldn’t have, but it’s made us and everyone else realise it’s not going to be easy.”
“I think everything is there now to get the club back in the Premier League and to push on.”
“I think maybe things weren’t ideal and there was a limit to how far the club could have gone, but I think people have realised that it can’t be like that any more.”
“Things seem to be getting done properly now. It’s a long-term goal of promotion and then to get the club back to where it needs to be but if we can do that, we can push on from there and see where we can go.”
“The big thing when Steve McClaren was here was possession – more than what it is with Rafa here. We played it well under Steve at times, just not enough.”
“This year the quality isn’t as high so you expect to get more of the ball, especially at home where teams just sit off us a bit more to try and catch us on the break because they know the quality we have.”
“We should be dominating the game more and we are – but we know what to do with the ball a bit more as well.”
We probably should have done better in the league in these first 11 games, given how we have performed, but we have thrown a number of points away.
Rafa Benitez has completely transformed the Newcastle squad over the summer and he’s also transforming the club too – all for the better.
We are currently 3rd top of the league and quite well positioned after 11 games.
But we are hoping this new Newcastle team will keep improving this season as we play more and more games.