In the last three games we have won only one and drawn two for a meager 5 points and in each of the games we drew we gifted the opposition their goals.
At Norwich we gifted the team their second goal with an embarrassing error from Karl Darlow and then yesterday a misunderstanding between the goalkeeper and Paul Dummett embarrassingly gifted Bristol City their second goal.
That put 4th bottom Bristol City 2-0 up after after 21 minutes after not having won any of their previous seven games.
And if we go a little further back the last time we didn’t win in the league was the 2-2 draw at home to QPR when we scored an own goal after 89 minutes after we looked as though we had the game under control.
There’s another soft goal we conceded
So there’s six points dropped in the last six games otherwise we could have been on 76 points and 11 points above Huddersfield in 3rd place.
But as we all know nothing comes easy for Newcastle and we have a history of making things difficult – sometimes making things very difficult.
Certainly this season is not the easy season those football pundits had expected and prophesied last summer, when we were going to have the best squad ever in the Championship.
That’s simply not true and we have amply proved that.
With Dwight Gayle out we don’t look the same strike force in the final third of the field and some worrying defensive errors are starting to creep into Newcastle’s game.
Also, even though Rafa and everybody else warns of complacency against teams like Bristol City we continue to struggle at home against teams lowly placed in the league table – think also – QPR, Blackburn and Wolves.
But we are still well positioned in the league table 5 points above Huddersfield with a much better goal difference, but our play has become too sloppy and we must tighten up.
A good time to do that is in the next three games against Brighton, Huddersfield and Reading all away from home; we were hopping to have cushioned those three tough games with what should have been an easy enough win yesterday.
But we messed up and we cannot afford to do that in any of the next three games.
And we cannot mess up in the final 13 games of the season if we want to be promoted, which is the only thing that matters this season.