Newcastle have not had a good start to the season, but on the other hand, it’s one of the most difficult starts we have had in the Premier League.
Three top six clubs in the first four games and we now host Arsenal in 13 days time, after the International break.
We watched the Cardiff – Arsenal game yesterday, and the Gunners looked weak in defense.
So perhaps we can get our first win of the season in our next game?
We are 3rd bottom of the league, but just 3 points out of 12th place – just to keep things in perspective so early in the season.
Rafa Benitez congratulates Jamaal Lascelles on Saturday
Here’s what an upbeat Rafa has said in the Northern Echo today:
“We cannot be watching the table,” “It is too early.”
“The main thing is the performance. We are not too far away, and as soon as you start with a couple of victories, you can go up.”
“You can see the team is getting better. The performance in defense against Chelsea was really good, and here against a fantastic team that won the league, we were still there.”
“We are still improving things and we will improve more because these players work really hard and listen to you.”
“They try to do their best in every training session and every game.”
“We knew the start would be difficult, but the message for the players has to be to keep your head high.”
“You can see the things we are doing, and we are very close.”
It’s very early in the season and we will see in our next six games how we fare against teams like Crystal Palace, Brighton, and Southampton.
Three wins in those games would be fantastic.