Typical of the experience we have had with a chaotic pre-season and early stages of this campaign, the promise shown against Chelsea (without the extra two points that were possibly deserved) is now followed by the hardest away trip of the season and then a two week international break.
Obviously we all hope for the best at the Etihad but realistically we all look towards Norwich City on October 18 to see if the positives seen against Chelsea, are more than just a mini spike of raising the game against a name team.
Lots of parallels with last season, Newcastle United picking up their first Premier League win of 2014/15 when newly promoted Leicester City visited on 18 October 2014….
Up to that point United had only won games in the League Cup, having gone seven Premier League matches without a win, this time it will be eight unless we are all smiling at 5pm this coming Saturday afternoon.
Maybe the biggest difference so far this season is the restraint of the Newcastle fans, with any dissent against Steve McClaren minimal, whilst this time last year the supporters were sick of both the football and Alan Pardew’s defence of what he and his players were doing.
That Leicester win came after a farcical lock out of fans delayed the game, following the new scoreboard flapping in the wind and deemed too dangerous until it had a couple of nails hammered in, or something.
A remarkable six game (including five PL ones) winning run was sparked off that day and if we go positive, the fixtures suggest something similar is more than possible.
Newcastle’s opposition starting with October 18 reads: Norwich (H), Sunderland (A), Stoke (H), Bournemouth (A) and Leicester (H).
It isn’t too extreme to suggest that this run of matches could decide Newcastle’s season, much as that run of five wins saved United last season.
All teams need a starting point to build confidence and momentum, so Delia ‘Let’s be ‘avin’ you’!