For Newcastle fans on this Monday morning, the Premier League table (see below) is looking mighty fine after the weekend.
The team getting the result on Saturday which could well equal safety, with others continuing to collapse at the very bottom.
Huddersfield were the latest to meet Newcastle’s much improved home form, the scoreline might have only been 1-0 but the Magpies’ superiority was overwhelmng.
As the season goes on, the story of Newcastle United’s season gets ever clearer.
Despite the very limited budget Rafa Benitez has been allowed, he has got every last ounce out of his team/squad.
Nowhere is this shown more so than in matches against the fellow relegation strugglers.
This is how the Premier League table now lookds:
These are the results so far against those eight clubs in the bottom eight spots (home and then away result with Newcastle’s score first each time):
Brighton 0-0 and 0-1
West Ham 3-0 and 3-2
Swansea 1-1 and 1-0
Huddersfield 1-0 and 0-1
Crystal Palace 1-0 and 1-1
Southampton 3-0 and 2-2
Stoke 2-1 and 1-0
West Brom ??? and 2-2
Complete record so far against bottom eight:
Played 15 Won 8 Drawn 5 Lost 2
29 points from possible 45
GF 21 GA 11 GD +10
In contrast, these are the stats in the 16 matches so far against the top 11 clubs:
Played 16 Won 1 Drawn 3 Lost 12
6 points from a possible 48
GF 10 GA 29 GD -19
The six points have come via the win over Man Utd and draws against Bournemouth, Burnley and Liverpool.
Yet again, Rafa Benitez is showing what he can do with a certain level of (low) funds, getting excellent results against those clubs Newcastle need to be competing with, even if they have had more resources put into their squads.
With additional more realistic funding, there is no reason why Rafa can’t then overachieve once again but with a higher spot in the table.
The one remaining game against a bottom eight club is home to West Brom, a victory would mean 32 points from a possible 48 against that current bottom eight.
These stats don’t lie.