After Shocking Start Newcastle’s Ship Has Been Steadied

Newcastle have done as well as we could have expected at this point of the season and with after 16 games played we have 37 points and are top of the Championship 3 points clear of Chris Hughton’s Brighton side.

That’s 4 points ahead of the pace set by Chris Hughton seven years ago, when we finished top of the Championship on 102 points – 4 points short of the record set by Reading in the 2005-2006 season.


Rafa Benitez in training

But it wasn’t always plain sailing and the season started off with a mini-disaster when we lost our first two games at Fulham and at home to Huddersfield.

That meant after two games played we had lost half the games that Chris had lost in the whole 46 game season seven years ago.


But Rafa steadied the ship and we have won 15 of 17 games since those two defeats and we seem to be right on track.

This is some of what Rafa said during his interview late last week with SkyBet after he had won the Manager of the Month sward for October:

“The team is learning it is growing, because the results are good. At the beginning it was not nice.” “We felt we could do better,”

“We did not deserve to lose both our first two games, but we had to manage it. “We had to keep sending the same message to the players and eventually things improved.”

Losing those first two games level set everything and it could be looked on as even a good thing as Matt Ritchie pointed out at the time.

That’s because our players and fans knew we would have to fight for everything if we were to gain promotion this season.

And that’s what our players have done most of the time ever since – but now we must keep fighting – right until the very last game of the season.

And we know that’s true because that’s what Rafa says – and he knows everything.


Here’s the current standings.

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Comments welcome.

14 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 14, 2016 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #1

    All hail Rafa!!!

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 14, 2016 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #2

    Leeds, Reading, Sheff Wed, Forest etc might well mount a challenge, can anyone honestly see them winning three games on the trot while we have a major blip in form. It’s not happening. We are the Champions.

  • sparky55

    Nov 14, 2016 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #3


    Less of us about mate cos nowt to moan about…all going to plan, everything in place for an immediate return to the land of fantasy and no signs of weakness in Rafa’s approach to short or long term challenges.

    Great fun in the real world but this ‘ere blog certainly has gone flat as witches.

    Happier this way for sure.

  • manxpie

    Nov 14, 2016 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #4

    Leeds have had a very easy run recently bar norwhich they beat the bottom teams lost against derby and Bristol in other words they should be beating them kind of teams bit far fetched to say he is doing better than rafa! !

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 14, 2016 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #5

    Aye, it was a great place to vent your feelings against a regime that you knew were failing us, there is literally nothing to moan about at the moment, I hope all the old posters return, where’ve you been?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 14, 2016 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #6

    Where’s Blackas?

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Nov 14, 2016 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #7

    There were a good few on here flapping and panicking after the first couple of games, but there was no need at all. It’s been great to see us develop over the following weeks.

  • bettyswallocks

    Nov 14, 2016 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #8

    Jail…….. He’s in trouble for spraying seeds at members of the public.

  • manxpie

    Nov 14, 2016 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #9

    Aye people saying we were nuts and laughing at us for predicting 100+ points I’m sure Belfast was at the front of that queue, but we are well on course for the record

  • HarrogateMag

    Nov 14, 2016 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #10

    Its from now on, after the international break that the pressure on the squads starts to tell with one game after another, and our extensive squad will ensure theres no major wobble

  • sirjasontoon

    Nov 14, 2016 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #11


  • bettyswallocks

    Nov 14, 2016 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #12

    It’s maybe not good for blog activity that Ashley is out of the news but that’s how it should be for the club to run smoothly. Most successful clubs have owners and chairmen that support their manager behind the scenes and the ones that are constantly in the news or interfering with team affairs are usually from a chaotic club.

    It is very hard to forgive Ashley for making our club a laughing stock with all his experimental efforts at running things his way but he must surely feel more comfortable with a proper man in charge and be able to see the difference.

    It was out of desperation that he allowed Rafa to take control of the club , as he had tried everything else so surely now we will never revert to being managed by someone that he hasn’t enough respect for.

  • martoon

    Nov 14, 2016 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #13

    Betty @12 – That’s all true and hopefully Ashley has got his hands full with all the problems at SD at the moment that he will leave NUFC alone and to be run by Rafa with some assistance from Charnley.

  • sparky55

    Nov 14, 2016 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #14


    Been to quite a few away games this year but no Home games…being based in Yorkshire I’m pretty close to a lot of championship grounds so really enjoying mesel…away matches are much more fun and most grounds really pleased to see us and atmosphere in and around the grounds is superb…good times mate…good times….and fcuk all to whinge aboot! 🙂 🙂


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