Newcastle did not get off to the good start a lot of fans expected and we amazingly lost the first two league games at Fulham 1-0 and at home to Huddersfield 2-1.
At the time new signing Matt Ritchie said it was a blessing in disguise and it seems Matt may have been exactly right with that comment.
Our first points of the season were in the third game when we beat Reading 4-1 at home and including that game we have played a total 13 games since those first two defeats – including two EFL Cup ties and won 11 of them.
Rafa Benitez – Newcastle manager
The two we didn’t win was the 2-0 home defeat by Wolves after we had hammered QPR 6-0 on the road – and then the 1-1 draw at Villa Park when the home side equalized in the 89th minute.
Here are those 13 games.
August Wed 17 19:45 H Reading 4-1 Sat 20 15:00 A Bristol City 1-0 Tue 23 19:45 H Cheltenham EFL Cup 2-0 Sat 27 17:30 H Brighton 2-0 September Sat 10 17:30 A Derby County 2-0 Tue 13 19:45 A Queens Park Rangers 6-0 Sat 17 15:00 H Wolves 0-2 Tue 20 19:45 H Wolves EFL Cup 2-0 Sat 24 17:30 A Aston Villa 1-1 Wed 28 19:45 H Norwich City 4-3 October Sat 01 15:00 A Rotherham 1-0 Sat 15 15:00 H Brentford 3-1 Tue 18 17:45 A Barnsley 2-0
So we had 7 clean sheets in the 13 games and in the six games way from home we conceded just one goal and that cost us the 2 points at Villa Park.
Here’s our full record in those last 13 games that got us all 28 points from the 11 league games.
Just like Rafa took four games to get the team sorted out when he first arrived back in March and then picked up 12 points in the last six Premier League games last season – maybe Rafa took those first two games to get to grips with life in the tough Championship.
And in fact after 13 games played in the league we are now 4 points ahead of Chris Hughton’s Newcastle side back in 2009.
Here are the current league placings.
All we need now is to keep winning.