Newcastle have done well against the good teams in the Championship this season and we have managed to beat teams like Brighton, Leeds and Reading, but we have also had too many shocking results against poor sides.
We have lost twice to 2nd bottom Blackburn, lost to Wolves who are 5th bottom and on Saturday we somehow got only one point out of the home game against Bristol City – and they had lost 10 of their last 13 league games.
We still have to play Burton Albion and Wigan Athletic at home over a span of 5 days in April and how many Newcastle fans think we can get 6 points from those two games?
Rafa Benitez – can manager sort things out?
Given the talented team we have and where we are positioned in the league table, these should be home bankers but they won’t be and that’s been Newcastle’s Achilles heel this season.
Just in case we thought it was gong to be easy this season we managed to lose our first two league games and that in itself was a real shock.
The inability to beat relegation fighting sides at home could still cost us that automatic promotion spot and it’s by no means certain that we will finish in the top two.
We look OK at the moment but these next 3 games coming up away from home can quickly change that.
If you think what has happened in the last three seasons at Newcastle, there have been too many perfect storms where everything seems to go against us.
We hope this season is different and that Rafa can fix the problems and we can get on another good winning streak and tie up promotion as soon as possible.
If we don’t finish in the top two then the playoffs are going to further test the frayed nerves of Newcastle fans everywhere.
It’s never been easy supporting Newcastle United and they always seem to make things difficult.
If we can win games and tie up promotion soon, that will be a big change and a huge relief too, given everything we have been through with the club over the last three or four years.
A win at Brighton tonight would be a good start to doing just that.