We feel very confident that Rafa Benitez will never let his players get carried away and think that promotion is a formality for Newcastle this season.
If the players ever start to think that way then our results could quickly turn bad and we could slide down the table.
That’s the reality of being over-confident and not taking every game seriously where the opposition are at the top of the league or the bottom.
Slavisa Jokanovic and Rafa Benitez at Craven Cottage in early August
Every game is worth the same 3 points.
Slavisa Jokanovic is a good manager who we followed as he brilliantly took Watford to promotion in 2015 and he is now at Fulham, and produced a shocker in the opening game of the season when Fulham beat us 1-0 at Craven Cottage.
Jokanovic has talked today about there still being 30 games left in the season and that anything can still happen:
“There are still 90 points in front of all the clubs to fight for. It is so early and everything is open.”
“There is going to still be many important things, and all the teams probably will find an up down situation.”
“At the beginning of November nothing is clear. In front of us there will be many important months and games. We are thinking about small steps and the next game and that’s it, May is so far at the moment.”
“We don’t need to be thinking about the end of the season, we try living in the present and the games immediately in front of us. There are 30 more games and the chance to fight for 90 more points.”
“This is my plan. I’m not talking about promotion, not talking about top six, not talking about May, not talking about next season, only what is immediately in front of us.”
Jokanovic is so right there and Newcastle can never get over-confident this season – we have to fight and give 100% in every game – only then can we be successful in securing promotion when May rolls around.
Fulham are now 8th top of the Championship on 24 points, after surging in the last month or so by winning four of their last five games including a 5-0 walloping of Huddersfield and a 2-2 with Norwich at Craven Cottage.