It was an excellent weekend for Newcastle, and at the moment we are 5 points clear of 3rd bottom Stoke who play at home to Manchester City tonight.
And we have the lowest goal difference of all bottom 12 clubs so with 8 games to play we are effectively 6 points above the drop zone.
But we must keep winning and have an excellent chance to get our third successive home win on March 31st when we play Huddersfield Town.
Matt Ritchie – after scoring Newcastle’s 3rd goal on Saturday
Two years ago we were on 25 points after 30 games played, and in 2009 we were on 29 points at the same stage of the season – when Alan Shearer came in to manage Newcastle.
In 2009 we finished with 34 points, and two years ago we got a decent 37 points.
Matt Ritchie scored his second goal of the season and in successive home games.
But Matt is not getting carried away after we have picked up 7 points from our previous four games.
This is some of what Matt has said on NufcTV:
“We need to take one step at a time. We’ve had a few good results, we need to continue to work hard, do what we have been doing.”
“Performances are coming together as a whole now and we’re performing really well as a team.”
“We need to continue to work as we have been, concentrate on that and hopefully we can keep picking up points.”
Our next game is another crucial home game against Huddersfield on March 31st, and it will likely be a lot more difficult than yesterday’s game.
It looks like the lads will be off to Spain later this week for four days in the sun where they can get some warm weather training in.