I for one, never expected Newcastle United to walk straight back into the Premier League, breaking every record as we go.

We are two games in and I am hearing the usual moaning, twisting and complaining already.


Yes the games have not lived up to the hype but let’s get real here, we all know that for years this squad and culture of the club needed a massive overhaul and slowly that’s what we are getting.

Yes the pressure is on us big time to get out of this league. A lot of players have come in and do people really expect it all just to click and be like fairytale – happy ever after?

The championship is a beast of a league and was never going to be easy.

Playing in the Premier League the likes of  Man City, Man Utd and Chelsea and plenty others with big egos, often expect to win by just turning up and doing little else. When teams get at them it’s different.

Being in the Championship, teams aren’t going to just turn out at St James Park to make the numbers up.  The are going to be at it from minute one until the last. It’s a big scalp for every club.

In this situation it was always going to be hard but I believe the good times under Rafa will come and for crying out loud, give it a chance TWO GAMES we have played – not 22.

Yes I’m frustrated but with some people the daggers are out already. I would take two seasons in the Championship if it meant that we learn our lesson and come back better for it – because that is what it might take to turn this club around.

Rafa needs time and patience from all concerned to be given a chance to put us in a better place.  The fans that just want to gripe and twist at every opportunity, go elsewhere, because I for one am sick of hearing it already.

With the managers we have had in recent  years, I fully understand the situation and how the fans feel, after all I am one of them.

However, now we have a manager of class and talent please give him time and a chance because if you don’t, I fear this is the last chance saloon to build something for the future.

Here are the stats from BBC Sport:

Newcastle 1 Huddersfield 2

Goals – 

Newcastle: Gayle 60

Huddersfield: Wells 45, Payne 82

Possession was Huddersfield 35% Newcastle 65%

Total shots were Huddersfield 8 Newcastle 13

Shots on target were Huddersfield 3 Newcastle 4

Corners were Huddersfield 1 Newcastle 4

Team: Sels, Janmaat (Armstrong 83), Lascelles, Mbemba, Dummett, Shelvey, Anita, Hayden, Aarons (Ritchie 46), Diame (Perez 75), Gayle

Unused Subs: Darlow, Gamez, Clark, Colback

Ref: Oliver Langford

Crowd: 52,079

(To read writer/fan reaction to Saturday’s match go Here)

(To view the interactive player ratings from Saturday and add your own, go HERE)