Eight days ago – which is a week in Beatles’ time – we were all on a huge high and were expecting Newcastle to create a new club record of 10 wins in a row when we played 3rd bottom Blackburn at home.
90% of our fans in our pre-match poll thought we would win the game.
But Rafa played a team that had six changes made from the team that had beaten Leeds 2-0 at Elland Road and it all backfired.
We didn’t play well and we shockingly lost 1-0 and since the game Rafa has as much as admitted he got it wrong.
Rafa Benitez – tough training week coming up?
Such is the integrity of our manager.
On Wednesday night we tried to make it through to the semi-finals of the League Cup and Newcastle had the chances to do that in the 90 minutes at the KCOM stadium and also in extra time when Hull were down to 10 men.
But we lost 3-1 on penalties.
And then on Friday night when we wanted to put everything right it took a completely bizarre performance from a referee that saw us concede two penalties in the first half and have Jonjo Shelvey and Paul Dummett get straight red cards.
Karl Darlow showed why he is our number one goalkeeper with at least three brilliant saves in those first 45 minutes including saving both penalties.
What a player this lad is turning out to be for us this season.
We lost the game 2-1 but again we played very well and our players showed tremendous guts, passion and fighting spirit given the adversities they faced during the game, with some of those self-inflicted.
The players were applauded off at the end of the game by the faithful fans for what was a monumental effort under very difficult conditions – they fought to the very end but lost to a late goal.
This week is also going to be a big week for Rafa to get the lads back on track and we expect him to have some tough training sessions to get the lads battle ready for Birmingham City on Saturday.
Expect Newcastle to appeal Paul Dummett’s red card tomorrow but not Jonjo Shelvey’s dismissal.
Last week was the worst week of the season for us with three defeats in six days but we still top the league after yesterday’s results.
If we can get back on track with our five remaining games this year we can be in excellent shape when the January transfer window opens up in the new year.
So the message is – yes it was a bad week – but in two of the games we were good, even very good and we just had no luck at all.
Newcastle are still well on track to be promoted this season so we need to push on and make sure we can get a good win on Saturday afternoon against Birmingham City and maybe that can be the start of another win streak.
We’ve had two good streaks so far this season – a six game winning streak that was broken at home against Wolves and a nine game winning streak that was broken at home against Blackburn,
We need another one to start on Saturday afternoon – maybe that will become a 10 game winning streak?
The message is we are still on track and Newcastle are doing well in the league after some calamities last week.
We need to regroup for these final five games of the season.