We’ll have to start picking up some points fairly soon after going into a barren period when we have just one p[point after the last 18 played for.
After 9 games we were well positioned in 7th top place with 14 points and a goal difference of +2 but six games later we are currently in 14th place with a goal difference of -8.
We have seven games left through January 1st when the 3rd round of the FA Cup will soon start.
And we need at least 5 points from the next four games if Rafa is to make his mini-target of 20 points from the first 19 games (half a season) which would put us on target for 40 points and probable safety in the Premier League.
Rafa Benitez – big challenge at Newcastle
At the moment we are not doing much better than Steve McClaren’s team of two years ago, which had 13 points from 15 games after beating Liverpool 2-0 at home.
But then in the next game, we beat Tottenham 2-1 away and had 16 points from 16 games – close to what we have at the moment.
That was the only time in our relegation season that we had two league wins in a row!
Here’s the tough schedule coming up for Newcastle where we play Arsenal away and Manchester City at home.
Date Fixture KO time
Sat 9 Dec Newcastle vs Leicester 17:30 Wed 13 Dec Newcastle vs Everton 19:45 Sat 16 Dec Arsenal vs Newcastle 15:00 Sat 23 Dec West Ham vs Newcastle 15:00 Wed 27 Dec Newcastle vs Man City 19:45 Sat 30 Dec Newcastle vs Brighton 15:00 Mon 1 Jan Stoke vs Newcastle 15:00
Newcastle will need all the support in the next two home games – two wins would be phenomenal – and that’s possible if now probable.
We still have faith that one way or another Rafa will keep Newcastle in the Premier League, and then whoever is in charge in the summer there should be a lot more money available for Rafa to strengthen his squad.
As one of my sons Neil mentioned this morning at breakfast when we were reviewing how the team had done, he mentioned Newcastle is Rafa Benitez at the moment and one reason we are on TV so much.