We did well last night against Manchester City but at the end of the day we still lost, and that was our 5th defeat at home on the trot.
If we are to stay in the Premier League this season, we must do a lot better than that at St, James’ Park.
And Newcastle also have to make sure – as best we can – that we are very competitive against the bottom 14 clubs in the league table since there isn’t all that much between those sides.
But we have lost successive home games to Man City, Everton, Leicester, Watford, and Bournemouth and we should be winning four of those games.
It’s just 4 points from the last 11 games with 9 defeats.
Alan Shearer – need to go for it in next two games
Rafa must turn this thing around quickly, and the good news is that in the last three or four games we have looked a better more organized side.
And that seems to have coincided with the return of mercurial captain Jamaal Lascelles.
Jamaal again was masterful in defense last night, and he seems to be able to organize players around him to good effect.
This is what Alan Shearer has said about last night’s performance and what must happen in the next couple of games:
“It is relegation form from Newcastle, there is no doubt about it.”
“The way Rafael Benitez set his side up against Manchester City, it looked like he has one eye on the weekend game against Brighton.”
“That is the game they cannot be beaten at home. They are a Championship side playing in the Premier League, I think the fans understand that.”
“Benitez has dropped hints that he needs bodies to come in and if he does not, it will be a relegation battle.”
“Against the likes of Brighton and Stoke, they need to have a different mindset and go for it more. ”
“Today it was very negative setup.”
We have to go all out for wins in our next two games, and if we can do that and get all 6 points, then things will look a lot more rosy for Newcastle’s future this season.
Howay The Lads!!