It’s almost mid-March, and Newcastle are probably only 5 points from safety in the Premier League with 9 games to play.
It was a hard-fought win on Saturday at Southampton against ten men. but in our last three games, there’s certainly an improvement and we look much more of a threat going forward.
And we are tight at the back, apart from sloppy defending after we were 3-0 up at West Brom last Tuesday night.
Now we have to take the chances we are creating.
At the same time last year, we had 31 points, and in our disastrous relegation season four years ago, we had a measly 24 points.
That was after Rafa had just come in to replace the woeful Steve McClaren, and we narrowly lost 1-0 at Leicester City in Rafa’s first game in charge in the Monday night game.
And they were Premier League Champions that season.
So we are fairly happy with our league position, especially after we had thought we could well be relegated after Steve Bruce was appointed as manager in the summer.
Steve Bruce – has done a very decent job so far this season
And would you believe it, but we are in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup for the first time since 2006 – when I was still a young lad.
We have had an easy draw with two League One clubs and one Championship side – but we’ve had that in the past, but Bruce this season has played a powerful team in each game in the FA Cup.
And there are mumblings about Mike Ashley being excited about the cup run.
This from a man who almost demanded former managers play weakened sides in the FA Cup because the Premier League is where all the money was.
So we are in a decent position this season, and we could even make it a good season if we can win some of our 9 games remaining.
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We were supposed to play Manchester City away on 18th March, but that is when the semi-finals of the FA Cup will be played.
Since we are drawn again them in the FA Cup a week on Saturday, one club will go through (probably Newcastle), so that league game has to be rearranged.
The game against Aston Villa will also need to be rearranged since that was going to be played on Saturday 21st March.
We’ll see how the rest of the season goes, but we could beat our 45 points of last season – hope so.
And we are still hoping that once we are safe, one or more consortiums can come in and try to buy the club.
That’s possible but not probable since we don’t believe Ashley really wants to sell the club – whatever he says.
Anyway – as always – we live in hope.