We dare say that most Newcastle fans will think the game at Brighton on Sunday afternoon should be a relatively easy one for Newcastle.
But we learned last season in the Championship the easy games turn out to be the ones where shock results can occur.
Who would have thought we would lose at home to second-bottom Blackburn Rovers almost a year ago after we had won 9 games on the trot.
We lost 1-0 and played poorly and didn’t create a new record of 10 consecutive wins at Newcastle.
It also seems that Rafa Benitez has been telling the players not to get over-confident with the three successive league wins.
And captain Jamaal Lascelles has given another interview to the local press.
Rafa Benitez and captain Jamaal Lascelles last season – see eye to eye
We can make it 4 wins in a row at Brighton on Sunday, but Jamaal seems very cautious, and he had this to say, as reported in the Chronicle today:
“People will think we’re fourth and get carried away.”
“It’s good to be happy and I am pleased for the team but at the same time, we do have a long way to go.”
“I think the main thing for us, like last season, is to keep our heads down and work hard. We will keep listening to the boss.”
“He will think the same as me, we know we have to prepare and keep working hard.”
“We don’t want to get carried away and think that we are flying but that won’t achieve anything.”
“We must stay humble and keep playing.”
“It’s always nice to play my part for the team. But again it was a great performance from the boys as a team against Stoke.”
“Since the win over West Ham we have set a benchmark and we are looking to maintain and improve. That’s what we aim to do.”
“We don’t want to get carried away or ahead of ourselves but we are just taking it game by game. The energy we show and the determination and passion is there to see.”
“When it went to 1-1 against Stoke we showed energy. Two years ago that would have been a different story but it goes to show what characters we have on the pitch.”
“We will roll our sleeves up and grab a game with two hands. We will go and make sure we will win the game because we were the better team by miles.”
“It should have been a win by four or five goals.”
“These fans are unbelievable. If we perform on the pitch for them that’s what it’ll be like. They know we are giving our all.”
“We will keep fighting until the last minute and they know how well we play. There was no frustration from them.”
“Maybe only frustration that we didn’t score a few more but I am really pleased with the way they are, I thank them. I know they will always be like that.”
“This one will be a big game again. We know they will be up for it. They are a good team, especially down at their place.”
“But we beat them there last season and there’s no reason why we can’t go there and beat them again.”
Good words from Jamaal there and he seems to have learned so much form Rafa in a very short 18 months.
We cannot get carried away, and each game is worth 3 points – so we will try to take those 3 points on Sunday at the Amex Stadium.
Then we will have 12 points from six games and need only 28 points to get to the 40 we need to stay in the division.
That’s one humble way to think about it.