If we ever needed a win this season it’s against Nottingham Forest at home tomorrow night, as the lads start getting back to their winning ways and don’t allow the chasing pack of clubs to catch us.
The defeat at home to the Owls on MOnday was a shock to the system and brought us all down to earth a little and the Championship is indeed a tough league, but we need to be promoted in May – that’s an absolute must.
It’s really surprising that we perform better in away games than we do at St. James’ Park this season in front of capacity crowds of 52,000 – and that’s starting to be a concern for Rafa Benitez.
Rafa Benitez in training
But the lads have a chance to get a good 3 points against Forest tomorrow night – and we simply must win that game with a much improved performance over Monday night’s poor display.
There’s even been talk that the fans hinder Newcastle at home.
That could be due to the anxiety still existing over what happened over the last two years and it comes through when we are struggling at home this term – which is not very often.
Last season under the woeful Steve McClaren, Newcastle were embarrassed far too many times and we were finally relegated even after spending (wasting?) a massive £80M in the transfer market.
Complete incompetence reigned at Newcastle over that time and Rafa and our new players seem to have inherited some of that built-in anxiety that exists with Geordie fans this season.
But hey – the players have a chance to put things right at home by starting to win (all) our home games.
It’s really easy when you think of it that way.
Howay The Lads!!