Rafa Benitez has been around too long to get too excited over any single defeat or victory.

After any match, whatever the scoreline, his mantra is just to simply get back on the training pitch and amplify the positives, whilst at the same time working as hard as possible to minimise the negatives.

Newcastle brought the six wins in a row up with a six goal win at QPR, only to be closely followed by a shock home defeat to Wolves.

Speaking ahead of a visit to Villa Park on Saturday, Rafa Benitez simply said ‘One bad game and one good game means we know which is the right way’, when looking back over these last two Championship matches.

In his press conference on Friday, Rafa summed up the size of the task when it comes to topping the Championship, saying it is one of the biggest leagues in the world when it comes to ‘money and people (players)’ , with attendances another factor that can be thrown into the pot.

Returning to the subject of not getting too up or down, Rafa repeated that ‘one game doesn’t change anything’.

However, with Norwich at St James Park on Wednesday, fair to say that a lot of Newcastle fans will think that when that 10 game mark is reached after the next two matches, we will all have a decent idea of how NUFC are getting on in their promotion quest, by then having played most of the clubs that were fancied at the start of the season.

Rafa Benitez:

“One bad game and one good game means we know which is the right way and we have to try to keep going the same way.

“You can see a lot of good players, good managers and big clubs. The Championship is one of the strongest leagues in the world, so when you analyse you see the Spanish league, Serie A, the Bundesliga, but the Championship is fifth or sixth in terms of money and people.”

“If you analyse what they have, they’re a big club – a massive club – with a great manager and great players, and they’re spending money, so everybody was expecting that they’d be at the top of the table.

“But it’s a long, long race for everyone. The main thing for me, is that they’re a massive club with very good players and manager.

“I said when we played against Derby that they could be up there, and with Villa it’s more or less the same. But you have to give credit to the other teams at the top of the table now, because they are doing well.

“In one month, everything can change, so we have to keep doing our job, and we have to be sure that we are at the top of the table.

“I said before that we need consistency, and I have the same feeling, one game doesn’t change anything; maybe the perception from outside, but from inside, we carry on doing the same things.

“We know that it’s a long race and we have to keep working hard, try to analyse what we do wrong and change quickly.”