It’s hardly positive to get just one point from our first five league games and get knocked out of the League Cup at the first attempt by a lower division club at Nottingham Forest.
But Newcastle have been in every single game this season, and we have been unlucky not to pick up more points in the league against some top opposition.
The next two games are at Crystal Palace and Leicester City, and after those two games, we’ll have a better idea of how we can do this season.
The final game before the next International break is at Manchester United on 6th October.
Rafa Benitez – making notes at game yesterday
This is what Rafa said after the game yesterday:
“We knew it could be like that.”
“It’s a pity because we had some games where we could have got points, more than one against Cardiff.”
“But OK, we know where we are now and we have to keep the mentality and belief we had last season.”
“It’s a pity because we’re still scoring goals and creating chances.” “We have to do it earlier.”
“Maybe then it will be a different matter.”
“To be fair, I am more concerned about making up the margin that we now have against these top sides and losing games.”
“So for us it’s really important to concentrate on how we can improve the team.”
“We drew against Cardiff, we could have won.”
“But to lose against the top sides and to lose by this margin is something that everybody could have expected.”
It’s far too early in the season to talk about who may go down, and at this early stage, things can change quickly.
A couple of wins by Newcastle will see us surge up the table.
That’s what we’re hoping for – maybe in the next two games.