Newcastle have won our last seven games in the league and in that time we have beaten some very decent teams – like Norwich. Preston and Brentford who are all in the top half of the table.
Brighton & Hove Albion are also a team in form under Chris Hughton and they have won five of the last six games and remain only 3 points behind Newcastle, but we are now 8 points ahead of 3rd placed Huddersfield – who along with Norwich City have been losing games lately.
We haven’t played too many team who are in the bottom of the table yet and when you look at our schedule through early January we are playing some teams that we should be able to beat, with the emphasis on should.
Rafa Benitez – Newcastle manager seems confident enough
Here’s our schedule over the next couple of months:
November Sun 20 13:15 A Leeds United Sat 26 15:00 H Blackburn Tue 29 17:45 A Hull - EFL Cup 5th round December Fri 02 19:45 A Nottingham Forest Sat 10 15:00 H Birmingham Wed 14 19:45 A Wigan Athletic Sat 17 15:00 A Burton FLC Mon 26 19:45 H Sheffield Wed Fri 30 19:45 H Nottingham Forest January Mon 02 15:00 A Blackburn
The two most difficult games there – apart from the quarter-final at Hull City – are away at Leeds United and at home to Sheffield Wednesday.
Blackburn, Wigan, Nottingham Forest and Burton are all currently in the bottom 7 places in the league.
So that’s six games against teams in the bottom seven and while we don’t want to be over-confident, if our lads turn up for those games we should be able to get more wins and maybe decent ones too to improve our goal difference.
But we must not take anything for granted of course, with Rafa certain to ensure the team is ready for every single game – and the players seem to know they have to turn up if we are to win a game – we cannot be complacent.
The very tough game at bottom club Rotherham will remind them all of that.
But if we can continue to get those wins on the board then by the time the FA Cup 3rd round comes up we could be a lot more than 8 points clear of the 3rd placed team in an automatic promotion place.
We cannot get too far ahead of ourselves but that’s the opportunity we have this year.
If we are in a great position by January it will also help with our recruitment in the transfer window.