Since Newcastle had those two great away wins at Brighton and Huddersfield in successive games at the end of February and the beginning of March, we have gone into a slump and our results are our worst run of six league games in the Championship this season.
We have just 8 points from those six games and have dropped 10 points and our only wins are against bottom four teams Wigan and Burton, who we beat 2-1 and 1-0 at home respectively immediately after the International break.
But just when we thought Newcastle may be going on a good run of wins to glory, our lads didn’t bother turning up at Hillsborough on Saturday and in fact they put in one of our worst away performance this season and were well beaten 2-1.
No excuses there.
Rafa Benitez – Newcastle manager
That allowed Brighton to equal the same number of wins we have – 26 – with their good win at QPR on Friday night and Brighton are back on top of the league – 2 points above us.
Here are the string of results beginning from Saturday and going back to the away game at Brighton on the last day of February.
April Sheffield Wednesday 2-1 Newcastle Sat 8 Apr Newcastle 1-0 Burton Wed 5 Apr Newcastle 2-1 Wigan Sat 1 Apr March Newcastle 1-3 Fulham Sat 11 Mar Reading 0-0 Newcastle Tue 7 Mar Huddersfield 1-3 Newcastle Sat 4 Mar February 2017 Brighton 1-2 Newcastle Tue 28 Feb
Rafa Benitez hit the nail on the head when he said this about the Newcastle side immediately after our 9th defeat of the season on Saturday:
“We were making these kinds of mistakes that we cannot afford, and I told them that.”
“We gave them the hope they could carry on. If you look at the chances they had, they were all our mistakes.”
“We have been talking about that. It was an opportunity that we had to be sure we could take, but now we must wake up.”
The players must wake up, because even though it looks almost certain we can finish in the top two we really want to win the Championship and finish on a high note for the fans.
The players have to realize Newcastle fans have gone through hell and high water over the Newcastle displays in the least three years and this is the on season when we have been successful and turned things around.
Newcastle players need to repay the Newcastle fans for their unbelievable support at home and away this season and hopefully they can draw some inspiration from the fact Newcastle are the best backed club in England given what little success we have had since 1970.
Make that no success since 1970.
Here’s how things stand at the top of the table and after our last game on May 7th at home to Barnsley we hope Newcastle United are up there in top place.