With nine games remaining this season Newcastle are in 5th bottom place on 29 points and only 2 points above the drop zone.
But with the clubs packed together in the bottom 11 – we are only 5 points off 10th place – where Brighton and Everton are tied on 34 points each.
But we are still 5 points better off than we were two years ago after Rafa’s first game in charge when we lost 1-0 at Leicester to the eventual Premier League Champions.
We are doing better than under Steven McClaren two years ago – with an inferior side too
Benitez has again wants our fans to remain calm as he has said this in the Chronicle today:
“Every game is like a cup final for us and if you can get points on the board and tick the games off it’s good for the motivation of the players.”
“At the same time I’d like to say we need to stay calm.” “I have said before, and I read some of the comments, the difference between some of the teams is how you approach the final nine or 10 games.”
“For us, it is about being calm.” “We have to make sure the team stays solid and consistent and try to be consistent with results.”
“That’s what is interesting about the Premier League!” “We were just nine minutes away from being in the top 10 (when we were beating Bournemouth 2-0) and 10 minutes later we were still down there.”
“But that’s why you have to stay calm.” “We have to manage each situation and make each decision calmly.” “Things can happen.”
“If we have a clear mind about what we have to do we will make less mistakes and have more chances to win games.”
We are five points better off than two years ago after 29 games played and our goal difference today is a decent -13 compared to -26 two years ago.
So there is still hope for us, but we must start winning games soon.
We need 11 points from the final 9 games to be safe enough on 40 points.