Newcastle are coming into some good form at the right time, and Rafa seems to have found his best combination of players.
And its surprising with Longstaff and Hayden playing so well in midfield and a back three of Schar, Lascelles, and Lejeune.
Schar is the one who scores those fantastic goals!
Matt Ritchie is in the side, and his upbeat personality, never-say-die attitude, and energy epitomize Rafa’s new look Newcastle side.
Matt was some signing for us from Bournemouth almost three years ago, and he’s played 115 games for Newcastle with 21 goals and 21 assists since then.
Rafa Benitez with Matt Ritchie
Matt is playing left wing back in Rafa’s new 3-4-3 formation which shows real promise and has a lot more threat up front with Miguel Almiron in the side.
We have 13 points from the last six games, and we’re sure Rafa wants the same or better from the next six games starting tomorrow afternoon at West Ham.
We have 31 points from 28 games, and at the same stage last year we had 29 points.
This is what has said as reported in the Chronicle today when asked if we can do better than last season:
“I’ve been told we’re two points better off than at the same stage last season so of course, it is possible,”
“Every season, your aim is to improve on the previous one. No one really believed me back in August when I came out and said our aim was to finish higher than last season.”
“We had a fantastic year and everyone was telling us we overachieved but look, within the group, we didn’t think that.”
“The league table does not lie and we deserved that.”
“I’m not getting carried away, there are some tough, tough games ahead, a lot of work to do to continue to perform as well as we have been doing.”
“Hopefully with that, will come the wins we need to keep climbing the table.”
“Burnley was a fantastic win for us but it’s all about small margins.”
“It certainly wasn’t easy for us because they had not been beaten in the league this year so that just shows what a good performance it was from us.”
“We’re really pleased. Once again, everyone performed really well, the system is working for us. Everyone feels really comfortable with it.”
“That win at home to Manchester City was big at the time but looking back, it’s proved massive,”
“You look at our results since but not just results but performances too – Tottenham, we got beat but really good performance, Wolves, another good one then Huddersfield and again today.”
“We’ve done what we had to, strung together five or six really good, solid team performances and that’s what we needed and always thought we had within us.”
“But the work doesn’t stop just because we’ve given ourselves a bit of breathing space.
“The job’s not done. We’ve given ourselves a platform, nothing more than that.
“We’ve got to reach 40 points as soon as we possibly can and then once we get there, look to kick on.”
Those are some excellent comments from Richie, and we can do a lot better this season if the lads keep taking one game at a time.
And once we are safe to keep trying to win every single game.
Last season we lost four of the final five games and finished with 44 points and in 10th place.
We can beat that this season.
Here are the next four games we have:
Sat 02 Mar West Ham vs Newcastle 5:30pm Sat 09 Mar Newcastle vs Everton 3:00pm Sat 16 Mar Bournemouth vs Newcastle 3:00pm Mon 01 Apr Arsenal vs Newcastle 8:00pm