Newcastle United lost on Saturday.

Fulham were the better team, outplayed Newcastle, deserved to win, we move on.

However, for some they want to give the game far more attention than is necessary.

Yes any defeat is disappointing but you can’t take it in isolation.

You have to look at the results overall and of course other factors such as the quality of the opposition.

People look at the table and because it isn’t Brighton or Huddersfield, they think it should automatically be a win – especially at home.

Fulham arrived at St James Park as the form team in the division, full of confidence and playing good football – fourth placed Leeds had just been battered by them and got away with a lucky draw, Fulham having had 76% possession!

Newcastle United are a good team but any dip in performance to a team playing well, can leave us vulnerable.

However, losing the first Championship match in 10 weeks (68 days since defeat at Blackburn) doesn’t equal a crisis.

At this level, Newcastle have been excellent overall since some nervy performances around Christmas time.

Yes we haven’t won every match but over the course of a season that is just the way that it is.

The last 12 games have seen one defeat, not a case of one win in 12!

Seven wins four defeats and one loss, the wins including victories at Brighton, Huddersfield, Brentford and Wolves.

Newcastle have scored 22 goals in those 12 matches and scored in every game, apart from the goalless draw at Reading.

Brentford 1 Newcastle 2 (14 January)

Newcastle 4 Rotherham 0 (21 January)

Newcastle 2 QPR 2 (1 February)

Newcastle 1 Derby 0 (4 February)

Wolves 0 Newcastle 1 (11 February)

Norwich 2 Newcastle 2 (14 February)

Newcastle 2 Aston Villa 0 (20 February)

Newcastle 2 Bristol City 2 (25 February)

Brighton 1 Newcastle 2 (28 February)

Huddersfield 1 Newcastle 3 (4 March)

Reading 0 Newcastle 0 (7 March)

Newcastle 1 Fulham 3 (11 March)

Keep Calm and Carry on!

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  • Martin

    “Seven wins four defeats and one loss”…. you need to edit that. But great article. I agree.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    it`s not the defeat, it`s the manner of the defeat & even in the games we are winning our possession is around 30%

    • hetonmag

      MMM They must have been doing something right because the goals for and against column is pretty healthy.

  • Leazesl Ender

    You’re not looking in the right place for the crisis…. it’s off the field ….and it happened in January … when Ashley and Charnley untimely ripped the reins from Rafas grip and sent the chief scout to look down his list…. it isn’t complacency that has set in…. its weariness.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      I`m afraid that point hasn`t sunk in with a lot of the fans, they think everything is hunky dory

      • Leazesl Ender

        I’ll keep saying it till I’m blue in the face!

  • hetonmag

    What I can’t get is the lads had 3 cracking results away from home where they gave everything and yet get booed off after one poor result, I know the football hasn’t been top draw but to the boo the team has a negative effect. And what message will that send out to future transfer targets.

    • Damon Horner

      if you care the consistent booing and sighing will cause some anxiety and could hurt them either consciously or sub consciously, they’re people at the end of the day.
      Only way around it is to ignore the fans.

  • DEREKM

    Always worries me
    when a mass of players suddenly drop their form – internal player grapevine has Benitez nailed on for Arsenal?

  • steve

    I think the author is the one taking the result in isolation, our recent home performances mean that Saturday’s result was always going to happen sooner or later.

  • 1957

    It’s not a single defeat that’s the problem it’s our tactical approach at home and has been all season for some of us. In this league we are the big beast and we should be attacking and pressuring teams at home not standing off them, letting them take control and hoping we get a goal on the break.

    Yes we have got results at home, but many games have been close run things, unless we are more adventurous and dominant at home I can see us in the play offs.

    • hetonmag

      Who is to say your way of playing will work bearing in mind you have to have a midfield that creates chances, Shelvey is sorely missing Hayden and since he got injured his form has dropped off, you keep saying we will be in the play offs if we don’t change but I disagree to change for the last 9 games would be a disaster after getting where we are playing Rafa’s way.

      • 1957

        The current system of play includes one of two players, Diame and Perez who are passengers and contribute little offensively, it isn’t a huge change, but a positive one to play Murphy instead and have two forwards. You are right though we haven’t a very creative midfield Shelvey aside, our wide players for instance rarely get to the line a get crosses in.

        • hetonmag

          Yes we agree to disagree on different systems but at the end of the day we all want the same thing and that’s promotion.

  • Damon Horner

    To expect (and boo in the absence of!) free flowing, attacking and dominant football from a pragmatic manager with a basically new full squad is delusion. Total delusion. This is a team in transition and we just have to go with the flow and applaud the results under this setup, not so much the performances.
    Next year he will add more quality but will keep the same approach so if you want attacking, possession based football above all else next year you best pre-order your Man City shirt when you can. We will never thrill under Rafa, even when we sang his name against Spurs, it was always in our future if he stayed.

  • RunforPavel47

    As Rafa says we have to take one game at a time and keep working hard in training. Rafa loves that old cliche of working hard. He is going to get us over the line but can’t expect him to play 4-3-3 at home against inform opponents.