Newcastle’s Incredible Record Over Last 13 Games

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.

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 
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 
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.

4Sheffield Wednesday461581

All we need now is to keep winning.


Comments welcome.

35 comments so far

  • MagpieNiff

    Oct 19, 2016 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #1

    Ed the way you formatted the away wins and losses are confusing for me to read

    if we are away then score should be 0-6 (qpr example)

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 19, 2016 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #2

    Haven’t heard those drums for a while 😀

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 19, 2016 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #3

    Magpie niff,
    What would you do in a circular room if you were told to sit in the corner?

  • ShirebrookToon

    Oct 19, 2016 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #4

    That’s just cruel jail lol

  • Average_Contents

    Oct 19, 2016 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #5

    Sit in the middle

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Oct 19, 2016 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #6

    Good luck to the Heed tonight, hope they can get through to the 3rd round.

  • cyprus

    Oct 19, 2016 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #7

    Where’s my team? First? Luv it.

    On another subject, why did guardiola get rid of Nasri? Bad move. Could be embarrassing at Barca tonight.

  • ShirebrookToon

    Oct 19, 2016 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #8

    1 place behind the mackems lol

  • Ron Knee

    Oct 19, 2016 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #9

    Aguero on the bench. What’s that all about?

  • lukes26

    Oct 19, 2016 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #10

    just realized newcastle scored equal number of goals in one game as Sunderland’s scored in their first eight (6 goals)

    the scary thing for the mackems is when ive watched them, they seem to be well organized

    their players are just not up to epl standards..hard to see things getting better for them anytime soon

  • welshgeordie9

    Oct 19, 2016 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #11

    Hope there’s goals tonight between Barca and Man City.

  • welshgeordie9

    Oct 19, 2016 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #12

    One thing I would like to say about last nights match, we don’t need to rely on just shelvey creating chances for other players we have got Ritchie and with those two we have have got the two best creative players in the championship.

  • Jib

    Oct 19, 2016 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #13

    I’m a Lilywhites fan tonight
    Do Huddersfield and I’ll be well happy

  • welshgeordie9

    Oct 19, 2016 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #14

    1-0 to Preston, good start.

  • mattyNUFC

    Oct 19, 2016 at 8:09 PM

    Comment #15

    Preston and BCFC are both definitely on the up.

    havent seen either play but they seem to both be playing well. hope we’re up to it with preston back to back next week

  • mattyNUFC

    Oct 19, 2016 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #16

    i’m sure our quality will show, however

    but i still think they’ll be tricky tests coming up. Blackburn finally got a win, Ipswich and Cardiff are both Jekyll and Hyde teams, and i think leeds and forest will both be good tests.

    loving this feel-good factor. i’ll take a 1-0 win for the rest of the season, but really hope we can start to play consistently in both halves. will be great for confidence if we manage promotion

  • MadisonToon

    Oct 19, 2016 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #17


    A big thing we need to do is also finish off teams. We’ve only demolished QPR but we have had long strecthes in many games where we could have pushed our 1-goal advantage to 3 or 4 and we don’t take them, leaving the other team to hang around and make the end of the game tense. If we can figure out how to be lethal in those periods of games we will outscore any team in this league easily.

  • Average_Contents

    Oct 19, 2016 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #18

    2-0 Preston now lol.

    Blackley will not, I repeat, will not be happy.

    I can feel the steam from here 🙂

  • Average_Contents

    Oct 19, 2016 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #19

    It’s not going to be 3-4 nil scorelines every week though is it because let’s face it, we’d be getting into ‘cheating at football manager’ territory with all the best player’s and winning the league with a +100 goal difference therefore qualification into the champions league,a record points total and an F.A cup win all in your first season.

    What’s wrong with a gritty 0-1 or 0-2 away from home on a cold Tuesday night in Barnsley. A game where we looked in control for the majority.

    Unrealistic at best. 13 year old mentality at worst.

    No offence.

  • Munster Mag

    Oct 19, 2016 at 8:45 PM

    Comment #20

    Jail, haven’t been able to log in much. Hope all well with you. Yes, no complaints, but I do think the team is capable of more attacking performances and more goals. We have spent a lot, bought top ranked players for this league but the two holding midfieldsers is conservative. But, although u wont believe me, I’m delighted overall.

  • MadisonToon

    Oct 19, 2016 at 8:52 PM

    Comment #21

    I don’t think we’ll go FM2016/17 on the league, but I think missing opportunities to put games away will catch up to us in the long run – Rafa has said as much. I’m happy with 1-goal margins every game because 3 points are 3 points, but your luck will run out if you live on 1-0 victories (see Leicester City this year).

  • Toon Tang

    Oct 19, 2016 at 8:56 PM

    Comment #22

    Preston 3-0

    That should knock the stuffing out of their Udders

  • clinath@ed

    Oct 19, 2016 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #23

    Got these lot twice next week….don’t want them too confidant.

  • Ron Knee

    Oct 19, 2016 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #24

    Red card for Bravo!

  • Average_Contents

    Oct 19, 2016 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #25

    Yeah, calm down now Preston you greedy barstewards.

  • ShirebrookToon

    Oct 19, 2016 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #26

    Keep goin Preston. Nacker ya selves out lol

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 19, 2016 at 9:16 PM

    Comment #27

    So Huddersfield have lost twice since the manager said being in the PL was unrealistic, proper Phil Brown or Moyes moment that like.

  • Ron Knee

    Oct 19, 2016 at 9:17 PM

    Comment #28

    Another one for Messi!

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 19, 2016 at 9:18 PM

    Comment #29

    We are well on course to beat Readings record.
    I’m well thanks, tragic news on that coach that mind.

  • Novocastrian66

    Oct 19, 2016 at 9:20 PM

    Comment #30

    Shelvey is one yellow card away from a ban. As I think he won’t play against PNE in the cup he could get a “free” booking on Saturday.

  • Ron Knee

    Oct 19, 2016 at 9:23 PM

    Comment #31

    37th Barcelona hat-trick for Messi. Not bad!

  • Ron Knee

    Oct 19, 2016 at 9:34 PM

    Comment #32

    Penalty saved!

  • Jimmy……Jimmy……Jimmy Smith

    Oct 19, 2016 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #33

    We’re top, where we should be, but we aren’t flying. A four out of five proposition match to match, which is the percentage place to be, but still with two under firing positions, at 10 and left back even at this level.

    Top ten in the EPL? I think we are 3 to 4 regulars away from that, but that is of course well within our grasp.

  • Average_Contents

    Oct 19, 2016 at 11:19 PM

    Comment #34

    Sorry madisontoon, that did sound bad.

  • Spotlight Kid

    Oct 19, 2016 at 11:43 PM

    Comment #35

    Lies, damned lies and statistics, Ed. You can read nowt into 13 games without a far more balanced underlying form offset. And BTW why were my regular stat updates on Rafa v Hoots blocked yesterday? Just wait until the winter hits, and those cold wet away pitches take their toll with injuries and results. This is going to be much closer than the current table suggests. “Many a slip etc…..”


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