For the first time this season we are doing better than Chris Hughton’s Championship winning side of 2009-2010 and after 12 games played we have 25 points, which is one point more than we had seven years ago after 12 games played.
Newcastle had just lost their second game of the season 1-0 at Nottingham Forest on October 17th, 2009 and it would be followed by a second successive defeat at Scunthorpe United three days later on the following Tuesday night in front of 8,921 fans.
Chris Hughton with Championship trophy on 2010
That was three defeats for the season after we had lost to Blackpool earlier in the season (2-1 on 16th September), but there would be only one more defeat all season long – at Derby County in early February when we lost 3-0, the biggest defeat of that season.
After the two successive defeats we would go on a seven game winning streak before drawing 2-2 at Barnsley on 12th December.
We never lost a game at home during the 2009-2010 season and won 18 of our 23 home games – 59 points at home that season and 43 points away from home for a total of 102 points.
Here’s the comparison after 12 games played.