The Newcastle team and many of the Newcastle players seemed to have improved as this season has gone on.
It’s indeed been an up and down season and after 9 games played we had 14 points.
At the end of the year after 21 games played we had 19 points.
And this year we have played another 11 games for 19 points (5 wins 4 draws 2 defeats), so this is the best spell we have had all season.
Rafa Benitez – thumbs up to fans after the game yesterday
Even if Newcastle don’t sign anybody in the summer and we can keep our three loan players – Dubravka, Kenedy, and Slimani – we should do a lot better next season than this.
But Rafa will want to strengthen the side further so Newcastle will be challenging in the top half of the table next season – enough of this relegations stuff.
This is what Rafa has said about his young team as reported in Chronicle Live today:
“We had some games where we deserved something more.” “But I have said sometimes before that this is a young team.”
“It is a team of young players from the Championship, some of them without an experience of the Premier League so it was a learning process.”
“Little by little we are learning little things.” “It’s those little details that can make a big difference.”
“We have said before that we could have won against Bournemouth when we had a chance to score the third goal and finished the game, but didn’t do it and drew.”
“So it’s these little details that can make the difference in any division but especially in the Premier League.”
“We’re learning a bit more now.” “I was pleased with every player and also the fans.”
“There is a really good connection between everyone at the moment.”
The support by the away fans was again first class yesterday, and they sang their hearts out – especially near the end of the game.
Next up will be Arsenal a week today at St. James’ Park and it’s all set up so that if we can win the game, we will be safe in the Premier League.
That will be the sole aim of this next game.