After Crystal Palace’s defeat yesterday at home to Manchester City, Newcastle are now just 4 points off 11th place with four games to go and only one point behind Palace.
If we can win three of those games, we could have a chance to finish 11th, but it will be difficult.
We are 10 points clear of relegation and 11 if you include our decent goal difference – so we should be safe for this season.
Rafa Benitez showed his class and skill by getting us an unexpected win at Leicester City on Friday night, so hopefully, we can keep the winning streak going, at home to Southampton on Saturday.
Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley
Captain Jamaal Lascelles has been interviewed in the Chronicle and thinks we have proved people wrong again this season after starting our first 10 games without a win and getting only three draws.
This is what he has said in the Chronicle:
“It’s another season where we’ve been written off, but we’ve proved people wrong.”
“Pundits seem to like going against Newcastle, saying, ‘Oh, they’re not good enough’ or ‘They haven’t spent the money’.”
“But we’ve proved you don’t need to spend the money if you’ve got a good group of players in.”
“It’s about the manager, it’s about the fans and the support, and it’s about the players and how much they want it.”
“We’ve got all three of those things in place, and when you combine them, you get a good team.”
“It doesn’t matter about how much the price tag is for one player, it’s about the team and the city being as one.”
“That’s why I think we’re so powerful as a club.”
“I’d like to finish a bit higher and get a few more wins. I don’t want to be happy just being safe.”
“But I’m proud of what we’ve done. From me becoming captain and lifting a trophy to last season finishing tenth.”
“And hopefully ,this year ending up somewhere like that, it’s very special. A lot of people will be looking at it and thinking, ‘How are they doing that?’”
“But like I said, it’s a combination of our work ethic, the manager and Newcastle as a city coming together.”
“It’s really pleasing.”
“We’d been working hard in training, and with this team, whenever we need something, we always give 110%.”
“We definitely need to make sure we offer that because in games like that (at Leicester), it pays off.”
“It says a lot about the character in the dressing room.” “We knew it was going to be difficult, but we believed in ourselves and kept on going.”
“It takes us to 38 points. A lot of people will say we’re safe now, and we probably are, but we still have to take care of business, stay fresh and keep going.”
Jamaal is right – we have done well given the money invested by the owner, but fans and Rafa don’t want to be proving pundits wrong every season by just avoiding relegation.
We want to be challenging for a top eight and then a top six position with the possibility of winning trophies.
That could be possible if Rafa stays on Tyneside, but it’s like pulling teeth trying to get any support from the owner.
There’s no guarantee if Rafa stays we’ll do too much better next season.
We have four games left.
Sat 20 Apr Newcastle vs Southampton 5:30pm Sat 27 Apr Brighton vs Newcastle 5:30pm Sun 05 May Newcastle vs Liverpool 4:30pm Sun 12 May Fulham vs Newcastle 3:00pm
Every one of those game is winnable so we are hoping we can have a good run-in to the season and beat last season’s points total of 44 points.
We need 7 points from those four games.
Howay The Lads!!