Newcastle are top of the Championship with 34 points from 15 games and if we continue that pace we will finish the 46 game season with 104 points – 2 points better than we achieved in 2009-2010, but 2 points less than the record held by Reading in the 2005-2006 season.
It will also be one point short of Sunderland’s total in the 1998-1999 season when it was called Division One and they finished Champions with 105 points.
Rafa Benitez – thumbs up from the manager – it must be good!
Newcastle have 14 wins this season in all competitions and considering the first two games were defeats, those wins have all come in the last 16 games.
And 14 is the most wins of any side right now in the whole of the Football League including the Premier League – that data coming from a Chris Waugh article in the Chronicle.
And Rafa Benitez’ record is already a good one at Newcastle – here is his full record at Newcastle since March.
|2015-2016 Premier League||10||3||3||4||16||12||4||13|
|2016-2017 EFL Cup||4||3||1||0||11||1||10|
|2016-2017 FA Cup||3||1||1||1||4||5||-1|
That’s 17 wins in 28 games for a win rate of 60.7% and a loss rate of 21.4% with only 6 games lost.
In 28 games we have scored 58 goals and have a goal difference of 34.
Here’s where we are in the league at the moment.
And here’s how we are comparing to Chris Hughton’s great season of seven years ago when we won the Championship with a terrific 102 points and 23 points above 3rd placed Nottingham Forest.
So this is all very good – excellent in fact.
But we are in now way getting carried away.
The only thing that matters now is we have to beat Cardiff City at St. James’ Park on Saturday afternoon come hell or high water – and we expect Rafa to say exactly that in his press conference tomorrow – although he may use different words.
Howay The Lads