Like the rest of you I’m worried about Newcastle United.
Both with the ongoing nightmare that is the presence of Mike Ashley as owner, as well as the more immediate problem of no wins and only three points from 10 games.
Obviously a lot was made, quite rightly, of the fact that we were playing five of last season’s top six in the opening half dozen matches.
Although that is increasingly fading as four of the last five games have been against Palace, Leicester, Brighton and Southampton, with Newcastle managing no goals and only two points against this quartet of clubs.
These games were supposed to be part of a stretch of ‘easier’ games that would take us up to the new year.
I must admit, I am worried now.
I had a look at the games we have got before we reach 2019 and these are the results NUFC ‘achieved’ last season in these fixtures (Dates are for the upcoming fixtures this season and the scores are from last season):
Saturday 3 November 2018
Newcastle 0 Watford 3
Saturday 10 November 2018
Newcastle 0 Bournemouth 1
Monday 26 November 2018
Burnley 1 Newcastle 0
Saturday 1 December 2018
Wednesday 5 December 2018
Everton 1 Newcastle 0
Sunday 9 December 2018
Newcastle v Wolves
Saturday 15 December 2018
Huddersfield 1 Newcastle 0
Saturday 22 December 2018
Newcastle v Fulham
Wednesday 26 December 2018
Liverpool 2 Newcastle 0
Saturday 29 December 2018
Two of the fixtures are against newly promoted Wolves and Fulham.
However, if you take away that first win of the season against West Ham last August, these other seven fixtures above, show seven defeats with 11 goals conceded and only one scored.
This is going to be tough.
Based on last season’s fixtures we would only be picking up another three points by the time 2019 comes around, plus whatever we get from the Wolves and Fulham games.
History doesn’t of course always repeat itself but anybody who was getting complacent and thinking points are guaranteed in these next two months, had better think again.