Two years ago Newcastle were completing their ill-fated trip to get warm weather training to La mange after we had been routed 5-1 at Stamford Bridge in a pitiful display that lacked fight and courage.
And when Newcastle came back from that jaunt nothing had changed, and in our 27th game of the season we were beaten 1-0 at Stoke City and were stuck on 24 points.
With the excellent win last Sunday against Manchester United at home we now have 28 points and have gained 9 points from our previous 6 games.
Hopefully, we can start winning games more consistently and pull away from the relegation zone.
Steve McClaren – at Stoke – didn’t exactly ooze confidence from the touchline
Newcastle are 2 points above the drop zone, and 3 points from 10th placed Bournemouth, who we play next Saturday at Dean Court.
A win in that game will take us above Bournemouth in the league table and will give us even more momentum as Rafa tries to save Newcastle this season.
There is no reason if we can start putting some good results together, why we cannot finish in a decent position and winning our final game at home to Chelsea will also help us do that.
Hopefully, by that time we will be safe from relegation in the Premier League.
Here are the stats from two years ago under Steve McClaren compared to this season under Rafa Benitez.