Some of us back in August thought we would almost walk away with the Championship this season but we were wrong – again.
Of course those first two games, when we lost both of them at Fulham and at home to Huddersfield – at the time we thought were two mediocre sides – level-set what we were expecting to a certain extent.
But then we won the next six games to get the momentum going and we followed that with a nine game winning streak and that equaled the club’s consecutive win record.
Rafa Benitez – happy with season so far
We could have set a new record of 10 consecutive wins, but we then lost at home to 3rd bottom Blackburn Rovers and that’s not been the only shocking result we have suffered this season.
But we would have taken being top of the league and in this position with 8 games to play.
Even if the Terriers win their game in hand we are still 4 points ahead in an automatic promotion spot – 5 points if you consider goal difference – so we are in a good position with only 24 points to play for.
The Chronicle have conducted an excellent question and answer with Rafa Benitez today and this is one of the questions posed to Rafa and his answer.
Has the season gone to plan so far? Did you expect to be in a better position?
“Everybody was talking before the start of the season about the difficulty of this division.”
“So I’m happy with our position, especially if you consider in the last five years many of the teams that have been relegated couldn’t go up in their first season in the Championship.”
“It is true that we have dropped points in some games we had hoped to win, but we are at the top of the league at the moment, and we have been there for much of the season.”
“That is where we were aiming to be, so we are on target. We all need to keep our composure and stay confident.”
One thing Rafa has said all season is that we also need to stay UNITED – more now than ever in these final crucial games of the season – when we can finally clinch promotion and celebrate.
That means supporting all of our players even when they are off form.
We can do this.
Howay The Lads!!