When you have won nine games in a row and you are playing a side in relegation trouble at home in front of a full house of over 52,000 fans – let’s tell the truth – you expect to win the game.
We expected we could get 10 wins on the trot yesterday for the first time in Newcastle’s history, but we didn’t.
And not only did but we actually lost the game 1-0 to Blackburn Rovers.
Dwight Gayle went close late in the game
So it was another shocking defeat at home and we have now had three of them this season – all completely unexpected – starting with the 2-1 defeat by Huddersfield in the first home game of the season.
Yesterday was very like the 2-0 Wolves defeat in late September.
That’s the last time we lost a game and also the last time we failed to score in a game – and we had just walloped QPR 6-0 away and we were playing a lower team in the league at home.
And we lost and didn’t play anywhere near our best and fans are really upset as we saw in the comments after the game.
But now’s not the time to panic or even overreact too much.
As Rafa has said in his post match interviews – we need to put things right quickly before our quarter-final tie at Hull on Tuesday night and then the game at Nottingham Forest on Friday night.
It’s an odd thing, but we have done better away from home than at home this season and have lost only one game away from home all season – 1-0 at Fulham in the very first game.
In the 9 games we have played away from home this season we have won seven and drawn one.
The number one goal for this season is promotion – that’s the only thing that matters.
If we can also do well in the cups then fine – but if we are prioritizing anything this season it has to be the league.
Yesterday was hard to take and fans are rightly gutted – but it’s only one game.
Think of it this way – in the last 9 games in the league we have taken 24 points.
That’s not too bad – and now we need that same return from the next 9 league games.