Complacency of Newcastle fans and media is biggest worry
Newcastle fans have every right to feel uplifted after the last few matches.
Consecutive home wins over Manchester United and Southampton putting Newcastle four points clear of the relegation zone.
However, that is a lot different to some of the complacency I am seeing from much of the Newcastle United media and many Newcastle fans.
The margins are still very tight and these recent wins have only given NUFC a great chance of staying up, with nothing achieved yet.
Bottom line is that if Man Utd had won at St James Park then Newcastle would be fourth bottom and only one point above the relegation zone.
Whilst if Southampton had been victorious in their last game, they would still have their old manager and Newcastle would have been in the bottom three.
Plus, Rafa and his team face a tough run-in of matches.
Nevertheless, that hasn’t prevented one local newspaper (I won’t name journalist or newspaper to hide their embarrassment) to this morning put up an article, talking about how the fortunes of Newcastle and Huddersfield have been reversed since early in the season.
When Huddersfield beat Newcastle in the second game of the season, it left the Terriers with six points and the Magpies on zero.
The bottom line is that you can do all kinds of things with statistics and the important one is that only one point separates the two teams before Saturday.
The newspaper article talks of Huddersfield’s recent poor form but reality is that they also have seven points from the last four games if you ignore their disastrous home defeat to Palace, whilst NUFC were without a match a fortnight ago.
Indeed, the breakdown of the season overall for the two teams is very similar…
In the first nine matches Newcastle picked up 14 points and Huddersfield 12.
Then in the next 21 games, Newcastle picked up 18 points and Huddersfield 19 points.
Reality is that Newcastle have only won four of those last 21 games whilst Huddersfield won five in that period.
A win for Huddersfield at St James Park as they did last season and Newcastle would be right back in the relegation mix with games away at Leicester and Everton , plus home to Arsenal, up next.
A home victory of course would see the safety finishing line very much in sight BUT if complacency spreads from fans and media to players, then it could prove disastrous.
Like every other point earned this season, the six against Man Utd and Southampton only came our way due to hard work.
Yes the football was a little bit better but it was really the work ethic that was yet again at the heart of things. Plus of course the loan signings of Dubravka and Kenedy have also played a big part in giving Newcastle a very good chance of staying up.
I have a feeling that Huddersfield will prove far tougher opposition than Southampton and having lost two of our last three games against them, then David Wagner will be confident that he knows how to approach a game against Rafa Benitez.
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