We didn’t expect to get anything out of the game yesterday at the Etihad Stadium, although some of us were still hoping for a miracle, and we should get too down that we lost.
That was our 13th loss of the season, and we have 23 points from 24 games, but from now on there should be time for Rafa to prepare the team for most of the remaining games of the season.
Out goal difference is -12 and currently better than all but one (Southampton -11) of the teams in the bottom eight, so that could yet save us.
Newcastle are only 3 points out of 10th place – Watford – so it is very “compact” in the bottom half – as Rafa would say.
That gives us hope too.
Jacob Murphy scores with beautiful chip over the goalkeeper
The home games will be crucial, and our players must not be daunted by playing at St. James Park – they have to get rid of any anxiety they may have and play at or near their best.
The crowd only want them to do well, and yesterday the away crowd of 3,000 at the Etihad Stadium did Newcastle really proud – they were magnificent – the best fans in football.
Here’s the position we are in the league table (still 15th) and let us know who you think was our best player yesterday.