There is a lot of talk about how Newcastle have already suffered seven league defeats this season and four of those have come in the last eight league games including the shock 1-0 reversal at 3rd bottom club Blackburn on Monday afternoon – that was hard to take.
Newcastle should have won the game since we completely dominated the first half and the game as a contest should have been over at the break if we had taken our chances – but we didn’t.
Paul Dummett in action on Monday
And that’s happened too many times this season which is one reason Rafa Benitez is trying to bring in another striker this month.
Paul Dummett has been interviewed on the Newcastle web-site and he says that Rafa has told the players they must be positive:
“It’s very frustrating. The manager just said we’ve got to be positive, as we dominated the game.”
“It’s disappointing, and coming here away is a tough place to come.”
“We’ve struggled a few times I think in a few of the games where we’ve had the same situation, and we just need to finish things off when we get the chances.”
“The performance was really good – we’ve had a lot of chances and dominated the game and we haven’t got the result we deserved, but that’s football.”
“You’ve got to take your chances when you get them and finish teams off.”
Even though we have lost seven games we have won 17 and drawn only one and we have exactly the same points total of 52 as we did under Chris Hughton seven years ago when we had seven draws and only three defeats at this stage of the season.
So the way to look at it is maybe how many points we have dropped and in both cases we have dropped 23 points in the first 25 games.
Whether that’s through defeats or draws is immaterial really.
It’s nice not to be beaten too many times, but as long as Newcastle keep winning the majority of their games hopefully we will be OK and be promoted.