The Premier League table now looks (see below) a whole lot better for Newcastle United.
Only one win of course but it did lift Rafa’s team out of the bottom three.
It has been a strange start to the season, with teams at the top dropping next to no points to the rest of the division (Top five have lost only one of 39 matches this season against non-‘big six’ clubs).
The fact that after 11 matches, NUFC’s first win took the Magpies out of the relegation zone, sums up how badly those at the bottom have been struggling.
This is the current Premier League table after the weekend’s results:
These were the results this past weekend:
Arsenal 1 Liverpool 1
Bournemouth 1 Man Utd 2
Cardiff 0 Leicester 1
Chelsea 3 Palace 1
Everton 3 Brighton 1
Huddersfield 1 Fulham 0
Man City 6 Southampton 1
West Ham 4 Burnley 2
Wolves 2 Tottenham 3
What is remarkable and great for Newcastle United, was that with the exception of the Arsenal v Liverpool draw, every higher placed club beat their opponent.
That is of course without the exception of Newcastle as well of course, who started 19th before the latest match but beat 7th placed Watford.
Just consider though if this had been a weekend where instead of everything going right, it had gone wrong…
How the Premier League Table would have looked if results had gone the opposite way:
26 Man City
17 Man Utd
11 West Ham
3 Newcastle United
It doesn’t bear thinking about, rather than climbing out of the relegation zone, Newcastle could have been second bottom and five points off safety, seven points off fifth bottom.
This is a key period of the season and if the next few results go the right way, Newcastle could put some distance between themselves and danger. However, one victory alone is just a start, and if Rafa’s players don’t build some momentum on the back of the Watford result, things could look really bad again in only a few games time.