After 26 Premier League games, Newcastle fans had only seen their team beat other sides also involved in the relegation fight.
Matchday 27 was a little different, Newcastle getting the performance and a win against Man Utd, a day that could well prove to have changed all sorts of things.
With 38 points it is now easy to be a little laidback but if that win over Mourinho’s team hadn’t happened, where would Newcastle be standing now?
The three points were important but the confidence gained that day, surely also contributed to this Rafa Benitez team picking up another 10 points from the following five matches.
The last game saw Newcastle travel to eighth place Leicester, champions of less than two years ago, and bossed the game – limiting the likes of Vardy and Mahrez to only one effort on target, well worth the victory and should have been more than the one goal margin.
This team is very definitely believing in itself that little bit more, whilst the league position/points are helping them to relax and play better football.
Are Newcastle fans seeing evolution rather than revolution at their club/in their team, for once?
Sunday is a golden chance for Newcastle to clinch their third victory over top eight clubs in only seven matches. Sixth place Arsenal eventually pulled through on Thursday night but only after playing a full strength team in Moscow, most of who won’t be now starting at St James Park.
Never mind the circumstances, nobody has cared about any Newcastle United bad luck/deficiencies as they have lost the last 10 games against the Gunners!
After Arsenal, it is Everton and our old friend Sam Allardyce up next.
Once again, no reason why this Newcastle team can’t have a right go against the blue scousers, who are currently ninth.
It is all about building momentum, taking scalps, breaking losing runs against certain clubs, building for next season now.