Going Into 2018 – How Newcastle Compare With Relegation Season

We’ll keep an eye on how we compare with our relegation season of two years ago as a way to gauge how well (or otherwise) we are doing to avoid relegation this season.

That’s job one this season – we must stay in the Premier League.

We are slightly better off after 21 games played with one more point and a better goal difference.

So that’s at least something, and two years ago we beat West Ham at home 2-1 in our 22nd game.

But then lost five of the next six games and won only one –  a 1-0 win at home to West Brom.

And that’s when Steve McClaren was fired with only 24 points from 28 games after we lost at home to Bournemouth on 5th March 2016 and in came Rafa.

Rafa Benitez – hopefully he can guide us to safety

We have to hope we can get more points on the board in the next seven games and every game is possible to win – even against the top sides.

We have still to play Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea at home and we can get some points there if we are on form and have some new recruits brought in this month.


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10 comments so far

  • toontaff2

    Jan 1, 2018 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #1

    Yedlin Lascalles Clark Dummett
    Diame Shelvey
    Murphy Perez Richie
    Bench: Woody, Manquillo, Mbemba, Hayden, Merino, Atsu, Gayle.
    1-5 The Toon, naturally


    Jan 1, 2018 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #2

    Happy new year to all nufc fans,everywhere.

  • toontaff2

    Jan 1, 2018 at 8:40 AM

    Comment #3

    Mitro, Colback, Saivet, Haidara – all should be gone in the next couple of days, if we’re actually doing any transfer business. That still only frees up 3 squad places. It’s not just the fees/wages for the incomings, but we have to get rid of wages for players who are not playing.

  • geordiemark

    Jan 1, 2018 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #4

    happy new year to everyone, lets hope 2018 is a far better year then last year 🙂

  • geordiemark

    Jan 1, 2018 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #5

    going for 2-1 to the toon today

  • toontaff2

    Jan 1, 2018 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #6

    I enjoyed the day we won the Championship – it seems a long time ago, now, but what a great day to be a Toon fan!
    Looking forward to the day when that sort of celebration is for winning a cup! 💡

  • Lindisfarne

    Jan 1, 2018 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #7

    We will huff and puff and go down with a whimper in all likelihood. Otherwise another 0-0, although last I heard Stoke had 5 defenders injured which may actually provide an opportunity for us to score. As you can see I am primarily negative about our chances, but ultimately hopeful and if I could, I’d be at the game.

    Good times, good voice and a good new year to all nufc supporters.

  • Nufc-83

    Jan 1, 2018 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #8

    Brighton vs Bournemouth today. Draw would be best I guess. A lot of teams battling relegation are playing each other in the coming weeks which makes our next 2 games even more important.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jan 1, 2018 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #9

    Gone for 0-0
    Transfer window 9hrs 23 minutes old and not a scooby – could this be what we are in for until 31st Jan
    No one in but a couple out
    No take-over
    A diddle-squat January

  • Malta Mag

    Jan 1, 2018 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #10

    At this moment in time I’d never start a game without Merino Yedlin Ritchie or Lascelles. They are the heartbeat of the team. As for the left back debate, I’m on the Manquillo bench on this as I think he’s vastly improved and gives you more going forward. Don’t forget the lad’s a right back filling in because of Dummet’s unavailability so that should be taken into consideration. The problems in our team will be sorted with the purchase of 1) Striker with proven goal record. 2) No 10 as we are woeful in this position. 3) Left back to step straight into team 4) Goal keeper
    Toon Toon in Rafa we trust


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