With 13 points taken from the last 18 available Newcastle have eased their relegation worries although we are not safe yet.
Newcastle are playing some of their best football of the season and new boy Miguel Almiron has given Newcastle a new threat in the final third of the pitch.
He looks like an excellent signing at only £20M, and we expect him to get better under the tutelage of Rafa Benitez.
Next up is a tough game against West Ham at the London Stadium on Saturday afternoon and Rafa will again be hoping to take all 3 points from the game after we have won the last four games at home.
Rafa Benitez with Miguel Almiron during training
This is what Rafa has said as reported in the Chronicle today:
“Obviously winning games, you have more confidence and then the pressure is different, but still we have to have the same idea: one game at a time, the next game is the most important.”
“If we are where we are now, it’s because we are focused on that and we have to do exactly the same.”
“We cannot think the job is done, no chance.” “There’s no over-confidence.”
“We have to keep going – we can lose games, but we have to approach every game with the same mentality as Burnley.”
“The players know it is like that and the fans appreciate that.”
“To be fair, I was not thinking too much about how many points we could be clear of the relegation zone.”
“It was just carrying on doing what we know we can do well.”
“We went to Spain and we were training really hard for some days.” “We came back and it was still the same situation.”
“You see how they train and you see the things we are trying to do and they are very keen to try to do these things.”
“That is the main thing for me.”
“Always I talk about balance – to have a clean sheet, to score two goals and to be solid as a team and be a threat in attack is something that as a manager is what you are looking for.”
Newcastle are now well positioned with 10 games to play with 31 points.
That’s 7 points more than we had after 28 games when Rafa first arrived at the club on March 11, 2016, after Steve McClaren had been fired.
The goal now has to be to try to finish again in the top ten and maybe even beat the 44 points we picked up last season.