In the last 30 days since we shockingly lost 1-0 at home to second bottom Blackburn Rovers to break our nine game winning streak, we have played seven games.
We have lost four of those games including three in the Championship in the last six league games.
Last night was yet another shocking loss in front of a sold-out St. James’ Park crowd when we managed to lose 1-0 to Sheffield Wednesday who are 6th in the league.
Let’s be clear, Sheffield Wednesday were the better side and deserved to win the game with Newcastle showing a lack of direction and no real thrust in the game.
Glenn Loovens scores winner
If we had won last night we would have been a full 15 points ahead of the Owls, but now it’s only 9 points as they moved on to 40 points.
We are now halfway through the season on 23 games played, but if Brighton beat QPR at home today as expected then we will only be in second place.
So much for being the best team ever in the Championship – which was always some self-serving nonsense.
We have lost 6 league games this season already – and that’s a 26.1% loss rate which is far too high and if we continue the second half of the season with that same loss rate we will lose 12 league games out of the 46 games played.
Of the six league games we have lost, four of themhave been at home and we have been beaten four times by teams outside the top six in the league.
Our defeats have been to Fulham, Huddersfield, Wolves, Blackburn, Nottingham Forest and now Sheffield Wednesday, so you cannot get way from the fact that we are too easy to beat this season.
In our promotion season seven years ago we lost only four games all season and none of them at home.
So we should level-set now and prepare to somehow win against Nottingham Forest at home on Friday night in front of another sell-out crowd, but that could prove difficult against a side who have already beaten us this season and will now fancy their chances to get the double over us.
And our players don’t seem to be at their best at home and certainly not in front of a sell-out crowd and that has to be all in the mind.
You cannot get way from the fact that this Newcastle side is not as good as we think they are and certainly not as good as most journalists think – there’s been too much nonsense written about this side.
We’re not as good as we think we are.
Normally we’d like to think it was just a bad night at the office but losing four games in the last seven over the last four weeks is not good and it’s ominous that we looked lack-lustre last night without the creative Jonjo Shelvey and we were outplayed by a good Owls side.
This is now a challenge for Rafa to turn this thing around and we have full confidence in our manager.
But it’s never been easy supporting Newcastle United, because they never do things the easy way.
Even this season we have had to take some very painful losses – the first two games were tremendous shocks to the system for a team that was supposed to walk away with the Championship – well at least according to the experts in the game.
That’s not going to happen.
The last four weeks of the year have not been good – let’s at least be clear about that.
We shouldn’t get too far ahead of ourselves and think we will get automatic promotion this season – there’s a decent case to be made that may not happen.