Saturday 17th November represents a huge day in the season of Newcastle United.

After a very forgettable performance and even worse result at home to West Ham, things are looking pretty bleak. The momentum from last season seems to have been lost and every game has been a struggle so far.

However, as someone said in a previous article, we weren’t particularly brilliant for the most part last season. There were odd games when we were fantastic, namely home games against Manchester United and Stoke, where a mix of graft and quality resulted in convincing 3-0 wins.

Everyone has their own theories regarding this little slump we find ourselves in, whether it is a case of bad luck with injuries and suspensions, the lack of goals coming from Papiss Cisse or the 4-4-2 v 4-4-3 debate.
However, one thing is for certain. We need to start winning games.

You could say that for a team who hasn’t really got going yet, only losing three times isn’t disastrous. The same amount of wins isn’t pretty though when facing the likes of West Ham, Aston Villa, Reading etc. Swansea come to St. James’ this Saturday in what may end up being another frustrating afternoon.

Regardless of the performance, three points must be collected. Should we do that, we then travel to Southampton, which has to be looked at as a great opportunity for our first win away from home. These two games are pivotal to our season, especially going into a December which sees us play Manchester City, Manchester United, Arsenal and Fulham, with three of these being away. Failure to pick up six points from the Swansea/Southampton games could see us really floundering in mid-table, something we all know we are capable of bettering.

So on Saturday, let’s win. No matter how it happens.

West Brom was definitely a case of the three points outweighing the performance, with inevitable boos being cancelled because of Papiss Cisse’s back.

I’ll take that again this Saturday and I’m sure you will too.

Keep The Faith!

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