Newcastle have done really well in the Premier League since we were beaten 1-0 by Arsenal back on December 16th to end a nine-game streak when we picked up only one point.
And that point was at lowly West Brom when we were 2-0 down and came back with two late goals to get the point.
Hopefully, we can make that four wins in a row at St. James’ Park tomorrow when we meet Arsenal again.
Rafa had said during that difficult time before Christmas that Newcastle were getting better and we’d win again soon.
He said it was the little things the players were learning so they could compete more effectively in England’s top league.
Rafa Benitez with the squad – in southern Spain earlier this year
Rafa turned out to be right (again) and since then we have played 11 league games and won five of them and lost only at Manchester City and Liverpool in the league.
19 points from 11 games is a good return.
Newcastle have won the last three league games, and we have also won three home games in a row starting with that fabulous 1-0 win against Manchester United on 11th February.
So from some despair in mid-December things are looking up at Newcastle and if we can do well in our final six games of the season then we can even finish in the top ten; it will have been a (very) good season for Newcastle.
Rafa has just about stunned most pundits given the way Newcastle have been playing over the last six games when we have collected 13 points.
And everything seems ready for Newcastle to do even better next season if we can keep Rafa at the club.
It’s not clear if Mike Ashley will sell Newcastle this summer – we hope he does – but he could also be greedy, and things could be dragged out again; we hope not.
But Ashley must give Rafa significant money to spend in the summer so he can fortify the squad.
That will also help the owner sell the club.
Over the last four months, Rafa and our players have turned things around, and things are looking rosy in Newcastle’s garden.
That’s very good and a positive article to start this weekend with.
Howay The Lads!!