After the first 9 game played this season, Newcastle had a good 14 points after we had beaten Crystal Palace at home 1-0 and we were 6th top of the league and talk that we could do very well this season.
After the next 9 games played we had 8 defeats and a draw in those games, and we were 3rd bottom of the league after losing 1-0 at Arsenal; we had 15 points from 18 games and talk of relegation.
You talk about being up and down and on a rollercoaster at Newcastle!
In the 13 league games played since the Arsenal defeat we have picked up 20 points (5 wins 5 draws), and in the last 5 games, we have an excellent 10 points.
So we are on a very good run of form, and we also see that Rafa is usually very good at closing out seasons.
Two years we got 12 points from our final 6 games and last year we won the last three games in a row to pip Brighton for the Championship title.
And Newcastle scored 9 goals and conceded only one goal in those final 3 games.
Rafa will be drumming into his players this week that the game on Saturday is winnable against Leicester since it was a close game at home.
We know Rafa takes only one game at a time but if we can get some good results in the next few games the confidence or our players will be sky-high and this season could turn even out to be (very) successful.
We would definitely have taken a mid-season finish last August and with the team now in 12th place, we could even go higher than that if we can keep up our excellent form.
And a good finish will have Rafa holding all the cards in his negotiations with mean Mr. Ashley to get some significant transfer money to spend this summer from the owner.