Wigan, Leeds and QPR are three teams who have won at St. Andrew’s over the last month in the Championship, so we expected Newcastle to be able to take all 3 points yesterday.
But the game ended up in a 0-0 draw – a very disappointing result for the Magpies – but Blues manager Gianfranco Zola said after the game it’s 100% certain Newcastle will win the league this season.
We are not so sure about that, unless we start to win games like this and we did have plenty of chances to win the game.
Gianfranco Zola and Rafa Benitez
The teams that do well against us always seem to have their manager then explain how good a team Newcastle really are – which is interesting – maybe it makes them look better because they got a good result?
This is some of what Rafa said after the game after told about that comment from Zola:
“Gianfranco is a good friend.” “It was nice for him to say that we’d win the league.”
“We have experience and we are playing with confidence but there are still eight games to go.”
“We have one more point than before, and Huddersfield lost, it’s one less game and one more point.”
“So it’s a better position than before the game, but we’re still not very happy because we could have got three points.”
Yes – we should have had all 3 points – so another 2 unnecessary points dropped.
We just have to be a lot more ruthless in the remaining 8 games of the season if we are to get one of those automatic promotion spots.