Newcastle have struggled through the second half of the season and we haven’t won too many games by big scores as we did last year when we took QPR apart at Loftus Road 6-0 and Preston at home 6-0 in the EFL Cup.
But after we had annihilated QPR we were at home to Wolves and it looked like another easy 3 points but we didn’t turn up and lost that game 2-0.
The high point of the season was when we had nine successive wins on the trot and it looked an odds-on certainty that we would break the record on November 26th, since we had Blackburn at home and they were third bottom of the league.
Rafa Benitez – Newcastle manager
But it was another stunning loss – much like the first two games of the season at Fulham and at home to Huddersfield and that other home loss to Wolves.
We have now lost nine games this season and there weren’t many people last summer who would have forecast we would lose that many games and five of them at home too.
But we have also come through games that could have gone either way and our lads have shown they can fight like the best of them and we have won a total of 26 games.
But over the last six games we have only taken 8 points (two draws, two defeats, two wins) and that’s a slump in anybody’s book, for a side trying to win the Championship.
With only five games to go our players must look at the big picture – and realize that even though we have had so many ups and downs this season we are close to not only gaining automatic promotion but also to winning the Championship.
If that’s not enough to inspire our players to play well we don’t know what is.
Here’s the final five games of the season.
April 2017 Newcastle v Leeds United Fri 14 Apr 19:45 Ipswich Town v Newcastle Mon 17 Apr 15:00 Newcastle v Preston Mon 24 Apr 19:45 Cardiff City v Newcastle Sat 29 Apr 15:00 May 2017 Newcastle v Barnsley Sun 7 May 12:00
Five wins will see us finish the season in style – and everybody will say we have had a great season.
But if we continue to sputter through these last few games and finish in second place then yes – we will have gained automatic promotion but not in the style or the way we wanted to do it.
Then there will be big cries that Newcastle need to significantly strengthen their squad for next season – and we’re sure that’s exactly what Rafa Benitez will then do.
So in short – how the season will look will now depend on these final five games – let’s go up in a blaze of glory.