Newcastle have carved out two tough victories on Saturday at Burton and last Wednesday night at Wigan for a good 6 points.
And when you take into account the 4-0 home win over Birmingham a week last Saturday that’s three wins and 9 points in eight days after losing three games in a row – none of which we should have really lost.
But we did and it shows the resilience of this Rafa Benitez Newcastle side that they can fight toe to toe with the likes of Burton and Wigan on their own grounds and come away with wins.
They are certainly not easy games to play.
Alan Shearer – confident about promotion
When we (painfully) think of Steve McClaren’s Newcastle side last season, we shudder at the incompetence and the frailty of that side who could collapse at any minute and often did.
Things have thankfully changed massively for the positive under Rafa and he’s made the lads into winners.
They know how to win and they have taken on the mantle of Rafa – who wants to win every single game however he can.
So setting a target of points means nothing to the Spaniard – if he did ever answer it would be “as many points as possible.”
Alan Shearer seems to be a big admirer of Rafa and he’s been speaking on the Four Four Two web-site and seems very confident of promotion this season.
This is what he has said when asked if he thinks Newcastle will be promoted, as reported in the Shields Gazette:
“Yes, I expect them to come up.”
“With it being a one-club city, the support and backing is amazing. They have been starved of success for so long.”
“I hope the wait doesn’t go on too much longer.” “The people in Newcastle live for their football and their football club.”
“And they worship anyone who gives their best for them.”
Really good words from Alan there – said like a true Geordie!
Rafa is keen to keep the expectations under control, so that it doesn’t start to affect the side’s form if our players think they are going to be promoted.
The lads must continue to do what they’ve been doing and respect every single opponent whether they are at the top like Brighton or a team at the bottom like Rotherham.
We have found in this league Newcastle can be beaten by any side if they decide not to turn up for a game – just think Wolves and Blackburn at home.