We cannot get too carried away and Rafa will ensure our players are ready to concentrate in all the 11 remaining games so we have a good chance to get that promotion which has been job one all season long.
And certainly after we have beaten the top side and the 3rd played since over the last week the odds have even shortened on Newcastle winning the Championship and getting promoted.
It’s thumbs-up from Rafa Benitez
With SkyBet we are 1/6 odds-on to win the Championship and 1/100 odds-on to be promoted.
To win the Championship:
Sheffield Wednesday 250/1
To win promotion:
Sheffield Wednesday 3/1
Rafa will be wanting Newcastle to do the best the team possibly can over the final 11 games for a number of reasons.
One is he wants to win as many games as possible – that’s always the case with Rafa.
But second is that a good run at the end of the season sets a team up for a good start the next season, because it increases the confidence of the team and they get used to winning games – a winning mentality.
Rather than the opposite.
Over the last two seasons in the Premier League we have seen the polar opposite effect, when we have had a terrible run at the end of the previous season and that has carried over to the start of the next season.
In the 2014-2015 season we got 3 points from the first 7 games and last season we got 3 points from the first 8 games.
Wins gives the team confidence for the early season games and hopefully in the Premier League next season we can get off to a good start.