We played our best game in a number of years last time out, and if Newcastle can be consistent and play like that in most of our final 11 games of the season, we could finish higher up in the league table than any of us expected.
That’s especially true after we went 9 games with only one point and were then 3rd bottom of the league table – that was after our 3-1 defeat at Stamford Bridge on December 2nd last year.
Its been a case of three spells of 9 games each for Newcastle with differing levels of success.
In the first 9 games, we got a good 14 points and were 6th in the league table.
But in the next 9 games, we got just one point and in the last 9 games and were 3rd bottom.
Rafa Benitez – can shock us all this season
And during the last 9 games played we have a decent 13 points.
It seems the goals conceded leads to how successful we are – in the first 9 games we conceded 8 goals in the next 9 game it was 19 goals in the last 9 games we have conceded 9 goals.
So in our final 11 games (33 points to play for), we have to concede as few goals as possible and there’s a decent chance we can finish in a good position in the league.
If we can finish in the top ten that will only be the third time in 11 years under Mike Ashley that Newcastle have done that.
That would be amazing, but with the way lads have been playing lately and with no injuries, it’s possible if not probable.
Here are the 11 seasons under Mike Ashley – they are terrible.
|Premier Season||Position||Number of Points|
|2008-2009||18||34 - relegated|
|2009-2010||1 (Championship)||102 - promoted|
|2015-2016||18||37 - relegated|
|2016-2017||1 - (Championship)||94 - promoted|
|2017-2018||10||41 - status after 36 games|