Newcastle must ensure that we are doing much the same tomorrow!
You see, I’ve been waiting for the inevitable kick in the teeth to come along, but it hasn’t. We won away at West Ham, so I expected us to slip up against Sunderland. We beat Sunderland, convincingly, so I was expecting us to get a hammering at Arsenal. We won that, and, well you get the point.
Newcastle now begin a run of two ‘winnable’ games, starting tonight when Sam Allardyce brings Blackburn to St James’ Park, followed by Fulham coming to town on Saturday, and the first match of those two is ideally placed to give us Newcastle fans a massive kick in the teeth.
You can say whathever you want about Sam Allardyce and the way he sets his teams up, but the fact is that they are hard to beat. They always have been and always will be. Nothing is a given against them, and it will be a case of ‘same again’ tonight.
We’ve been here before already this season. A couple of good results followed by some disappointing results at home. Newcastle will have to show us tonight that they have learned from their mistakes and won’t go down that route again.
It’s imperative that we get points on the board as soon as possible to achieve our primary objective of ensuring survival in this league. Whilst a win tonight would take us up to fourth in the table, we shouldn’t forget our primary goal.
Once enough points to stop up have been accrued, then fair enough, aim for the stars, but we need to make sure, both as a club and as a set of fans, that we remember what the main mission of this season is.
If we can finally get our home form sorted, for good, and win these next two games, it will leave us with 23 points after 13 games. We would be over halfway to the magical 40-point barrier with much less than half of the games gone. If we don’t get the full six points it would be disappointing, but by the same token it wouldn’t be the end of the world.
Anyway, I’m getting ahead of myself. Tonight’s game is all that matters at the minute. Newcastle have a chance to get more points at home on the board, and we can’t afford to keep passing over those opportunites.