11 players putting in the effort required against Liverpool. More of the same please.
10 changes made by Championship side Sheffield Wednesday but they beat a Newcastle team containing Wijnaldum, Thauvin, Janmaat, Krul, Mbemba, Anita, Sissoko and de Jong.
9 wins from the remaining 23 games needed to ensure Newcastle hit that magic 40 points mark and almost certain safety.
8 of Newcastle’s 13 points have been won thanks to Wijnaldum’s goals.
7 goals from Gini Wijnaldum out of a feeble team total of 16 in 15 PL matches, where would we be without him?
6 points to play for before Christmas, with I’m guessing most fans seeing the Aston Villa game as a must win if ever there was one, whilst anything would be a bonus at Tottenham.
5 signings made in the summer but clearly this hardly scratched the surface of what was needed in terms of both quality and quantity, due to the lack of investment previously. Will Steve McClaren be backed in January and will Mike Ashley change policy and give the Head Coach a say in which players are signed?
4 clean sheets against Manchester United, Liverpool, Stoke and Bournemouth. As Michael Owen might say, Newcastle don’t lost many matches where they keep a clean sheet.
3 Premier League wins against Bournemouth, Norwich and Liverpool.
2 is the number our Captain wears and the decision to keep Coloccini at the club, in the team and retaining the captain’s armband, is the most controversial decision of the season. One that many fans would point to as the biggest factor if Newcastle continue in a relegation fight for the rest of this season.
1 first team player injured. Yes Newcastle might have more than their fair share of injuries but the reality is that the only first choice player missing is Tim Krul. Plus three of the four clean sheets have came in the seven games where Rob Elliot has started.
0 full house as yet at St James Park, with 51,273 yesterday against Liverpool being the biggest crowd so far, swelled by numerous scousers/glory hunters infiltrating the home sections and corporates.
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