It will be interesting to see where we stand a week on Monday – New Years Day – after we have played at Stoke because that will be the end of a four-game stretch taking place over a short nine days.
We must start picking up some points with the team 2 points worse off after 18 games played than we were under Steve McClaren two years ago.
But we’ve seen in the cases of both Everton and West Ham that it only takes a few wins and those clubs have moved up the league table.
Newcastle are 4 points from going 12th top and above Southampton in the league table – but we must end this terrible run of one point from the last 27 played for.
Jamaal Lascelles – back in the side – steadying influence
Here are the four games coming up.
Date Fixture KO time
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
And here is where we stand after 18 games after being 6th top after 9 games played when we had a good 14 points.
Here’s how the team compares with Steve McClaren’s side of two years ago.
We need to win tomorrow to start steadying the ship.