Newcastle have played nine games this year and we have picked up 3 wins and 4 draws for 13 points.
That’s not too bad a return and it seems we need three more wins in our remaining 8 games to be safe from relegation.
One good thing that’s happened this year is that we are starting to play really well at home as witnessed in the last two home games against Manchester United and Southampton.
Both wins and two clean sheets too – who would have ever thought that was possible?
And we need to keep the good home up in our four remaining home games starting with Huddersfield at home two weeks on Saturday, after a three-week break.
Mo Diame – in action at home to Manchester United
Mo Diame has been in excellent form for us this year as the midfield enforcer and he has given an interview in the Chronicle today where he talks about how crucial our home form is:
“We have had two very big wins at St James’ Park in the last couple of games but we need to make sure we keep going,”
“This stadium has to be our fortress, with all the fans pushing us in every game – just like they did during the win over Southampton.”
“We have to give our best to win these games, we are doing well and must keep doing it.”
“I think we had some problems and little details earlier in the season that we couldn’t sort out for a while.”
“We made mistakes and it cost us some points at home.”
“But we’ve been working hard on the training ground, correcting these issues, and we are focused to keep making less mistakes going forward.”
“To be honest, it helped us a lot that we scored the first goal so early.”
“It put away a lot of the pressure and made us just work hard to make sure we made the most of that.”
“Other teams know it is very hard when you concede goals against Newcastle this season because we have done well defensively.”
“A lot of people may have been criticising us for the way we played against Manchester City when we played deep and defended a lot.”
“But it could be important at the end of the season for our goal difference.”
“We are doing well, the team just needs to keep going.”
Rafa was only able to bring in three loan players in January and goalkeeper Martin Dubravka and winger Kenedy have made a huge difference to the team.
They have both settled in well and if we have both these players next season we will do a lot better then this term.
We are likely to buy Dubravka (we have an option to buy him for €4M) but it could be more difficult to sign the 22-year-old Brazilian who is already a firm fan favorite.
And if we can get Islam Slimani fit then hopefully he can prove he deserves to be a permanent player at Newcastle too.
Surely he will be available for the home game against Huddersfield?
What do you think?