Newcastle have a terrible home record this season, and it’s the worst in the Premier league except for one club – Huddersfield.
Newcastle have only 7 points from our 11 home games, and Huddersfield have taken only 5 points at home.
Even Fulham and Cardiff City have taken 12 points and 13 points respectively from their home games.
So much for making St. James’ Park a fortress, but why is our home record so pathetic – when we get over 50,000 fans at our home games?
Ayoze Perez puts the onus on the players, and they have to stand up and be counted.
Ayoze Perez – we must face up to it
If we cannot improve our home form before the end of the season, we could be in dire straights with another possible relegation.
And even against Championship club Blackburn Rovers, we couldn’t win and had to settle for a lucky 1-1 draw – but now we have a replay next week.
Here’s what the Spanish U21 International has said in the Chronicle today – starting with the draw against Blackburn:
“It wasn’t good enough.” “It was against a Championship team at home and we keep struggling at St James’ Park.”
“Something is wrong. It wasn’t good enough but we have to keep going now.” “We have put ourselves in a tougher situation because now we have a replay.”
“It’s going to be a long January but we must stick together and face up to it.”
“I don’t know exactly (know what is wrong) but it is a strange thing.” “You can’t struggle as much as we are in home games. That means something is wrong.”
“It is strange because there is no consistency, sometimes it is individual performances, sometimes it’s not like that and it’s team performance.”
“It can’t be individual every time as we have changed players and rotated. I think there is a piece of the jigsaw that is missing.”
“It is holding us back and it’s why we are struggling. We’ve won twice at home and that’s just not acceptable.”
“It’s not good enough so something should change.”
Newcastle had over 33,000 fans there for the Blackburn game which is very good for an early FA Cup tie.
But Rafa doesn’t seem to want the distraction of an extended FA Cup run this season – he probably believes the squad isn’t good enough to have a long run in the cup and also survive in the Premier League.
If we do beat Blackburn next week – which must be doubtful – we play Watford at home in the 4th round.
We have taken 4 points from them in the league this season, and we actually beat them 1-0 at St. James’ Park.
That’s one of only two games we have won at home all season long – the other was against Bournemouth.
So there’s always hope.
We must improve our home results if we are to survive in the Premier League this season.
If we get only 7 more points for the second half of the season from home games, that will leave us with 25 points, and we need at least another 13 points away from home to survive.