Leicester baby step was vital for Newcastle
The win over Leicester a fortnight ago took us a step in the right direction for the first time this season, though even calling it a baby-step would have been generous.
Newcastle still didn’t look exciting despite the win, and a more clinical performance from Leonardo Ulloa in particular would have seen us record an even worse start to the season.
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Fast forward to the beginning of November and we have won four games in a row.
Triumphing away at Spurs and at home to Liverpool, either side of an incredible night at the Etihad in the Capital One Cup.
A 73rd minute strike on Saturday from Ayoze Perez moved us temporarily into 9th position. Unthinkable when considering where we were after the Stoke game.
Oddly enough, despite being probably our worst performance of the 4 wins we’ve collected on this little run, the Liverpool game was one that reassured me.
We were poor against Liverpool in my opinion, though luckily our opponents were even worse. In the second half we looked tired, lacklustre, and we should have been there for the taking. Though it has often been said that the sign of a good team is when you can win games without playing well.
Obviously there were exceptions. Defensively I thought we were excellent and Mehdi Abeid was top class.
Perez punished Moreno for a horrendous mistake that led to the decisive goal, while realistically we could have and maybe should have been reduced to nine men during the game, with Sissoko and Janmaat not exactly coming up with legal challenges on Allen and Balotelli respectively.
The win though was a fantastic one on paper, leaving many asking just how far this Newcastle team can actually go. There’s no reason we can’t pick up 8-12 points in our next four games (West Brom, QPR, West Ham, Burnley) – just imagine what a position that could have us in.
If United were to reach the dizzy heights of the top six before December, we all know that it would just be too good to be true.
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