It was critically for Newcastle to get our second win in a row against bottom club Fulham on Saturday
But we failed to do that in what was another below-par performance at St. James’ Park when we didn’t manage one shot on target.
One reason Rafa was so disappointed after the game was that before the end of January we have some very tough fixtures coming up.
Four of the games are against the perennial top six clubs in England.
Rafa Benitez – knows Newcastle have tough games coming up
We have to play at Liverpool and Chelsea and at home to the two Manchester clubs before the end of January.
That’s another reason Rafa is starting to send messages to Mike Ashley that we have to strengthen in January if we don’t want to become a Championship club again in May.
Here’s where we are in the league right now.
Here are the fixtures coming up before February.
Wed 26 Dec Liverpool vs Newcastle 3:00pm Sat 29 Dec Watford vs Newcastle 3:00pm Wed 02 Jan Newcastle vs Man United 8:00pm Sat 05 Jan Newcastle vs Blackburn 5:30pm FA CUP 3rd Round Sat 12 Jan Chelsea vs Newcastle 5:30pm Sat 19 Jan Newcastle vs Cardiff 3:00pm Tue 29 Jan Newcastle vs Man City 8:00pm
Both Ki Sung-yueng and Yoshinori Muto will be missing for these games.
We didn’t do well against the top six clubs during the first ten games, but hopefully, we can pick up some points this time around.
It will be essential to do that otherwise we could be lower than our current 15th position in the league table by February.
It’s too much just thinking about it.