It started last Saturday at Oxford United when we fielded a second team against the League One club and were surprised when we suffered our worst defeat of the season and the worst defeat ever in Rafa Benitez’ short reign on Tyneside.
And then in the last few days of the transfer window when other clubs were strengthening their squads for the run-in to the Championship we did nothing – didn’t spend one penny and didn’t bring in one player – not even a development player.
Matt Ritchie after scoring Newcastle’s second goal
We hope that wasn’t because Mike Ashley thinks we are strong enough to get promotion and therefore he didn’t need to spend any money last month.
And then last night after scoring in the first minute through Jonjo Shelvey against a QPR side struggling in 18th position in the league, we gifted the opposition with a point in the very last minute.
We were 2-1 up and had missed too many chances in the second half and we didn’t even ask the opposition to score – we did it for them with an own goal after 90 minutes.
That was 2 points simply thrown away when other clubs like Reading, Leeds United and Fulham were winning their games this week.
It’s been a bad five days for the Newcastle club and we must steady the ship when former head coach Steve McClaren comes visiting with his Derby County side on Saturday.
Not beating Derby County will only make things worse – so that cannot happen.
Hopefully things will improve from this point forward, otherwise an automatic promotion place will be in real danger.