It’s a close call for our Man of the Match on Saturday when we had a shock result and lost to Bournemouth 1-0, with the goal coming in the 92nd minute.
It’s difficult to know how worse it could have been just before the International break.
We were expecting the win, but it didn’t come.
Rafa and the players were angry at the end of the game – but so were Newcastle fans; we have to look at the overall situation, and it’s not that bad – certainly much better than two years ago under Steve McClaren.
Former Bournemouth winger Matt Ritchie is our Man of the Match with 20% of the vote, and he twice went close to scoring on Saturday.
Matt Ritchie – Man of the Match
Next in line is Rob Elliot who had another good game in goal for the Magpies and here’s one player like Matt, who turns up for every game – it’s no wonder Rob is so popular at the club.
Frenchman Florian Lejeune is quickly showing he’s going to be our best center-back this season and he had another good game – he’s turning out to be an excellent acquisition for Newcastle.
There haven’t been too many fans voting after the game – the vote would have been three times what it is if we had won.
That’s the way it is – if we had won we would have been very positive – about everything – even the weather in Newcastle.
But it just wasn’t to be – but we can still pick up from where we are and do well this season.
We’ll try to stay positive – as difficult as that is after two painful defeats in a row.
And maybe Paul Merson will take us to lose at Old Trafford – that would be a good omen.
Keep believing in Rafa – he can do it!