After the first two games of the season, both losses, we would have snapped up our current state in a heartbeat.
Newcastle are 12th in the Premier League and have reached the fifth round of the FA Cup with a favorable draw at West Brom.
So in the grand context, we are pleased with how the season has progressed thus far.
Of course, the low expectations of life under Mike Ashley has played a significant role in our acceptance of mediocrity.
Alan Shearer also thinks Newcastle have done better than expected this season. He has given his opinion on Newcastle’s season with just 13 games to go.
Speaking to the Chronicle, this is how Alan has judged the campaign so far:
“At times it’s been tough but in the overall scheme of things, I don’t think many people can complain.
“When you look at the number of points they have and they’re in the fifth round of the FA Cup for the first time in Mike Ashley’s era with a decent draw.
“At times it hasn’t been pretty but they’ve also got the job done. They’ve been resilient, they’ve stuck together and had the right attitude.
“When you look at the number of goals the forwards have compared to those in and around them, then they are overachieving in terms of points.”
Newcastle’s resilience has gotten them some crucial points. They secured 5 unlikely points with dramatic late winners at home against Southampton and Chelsea along with the still shocking two-goal comeback at Everton.
Without those late-game heroics, we are in a very precarious position in the league. The hallmark of this season has been this squad’s resiliency and it’s paid dividends so far.