Just when you thought things couldn’t get any worse for Newcastle United, it turns out that they didn’t.

The two back to back wins over Watford and Bournemouth were manna from heaven. Like precious drops of water on the parched lips of fans craving sweet victory.

It has always felt a bit like these NUFC players only tend to pull results out of the bag when they’re drinking in the last chance saloon. Nothing is ever straightforward at Newcastle United, especially under the Ashley regime, and so we have seen during a start to the season that looked almost off the rails heading into the Watford game.

We’ve definitely seen a turnaround in the rub of the green, always vital, no matter what team sport you’re playing. Some of the abject cruelty foisted upon us has melted away for now. Luck always evens out, right?

Where things looked very bleak they suddenly look a shade better. We’re back in the mix instead of propping up the pile. Green shoots of recovery, perhaps.

It has coincided with a manager in Rafa Benitez, who stuck to his guns and his principles, and a group of players who have started to find a bit of form just when they needed it most. They’re finally getting some rewards for the graft.

Harry Redknapp quipped on the I’m a Celebrity show that ‘Noocarsell’ lacked motivation. He was joking of course…but he’s also wrong.

The players don’t lack any motivation, they’re a great bunch. What they need/needed was some help from the owner with investment. What we got was a sticking plaster and that’s no disrespect to the new lads who did come in.

While we await another January window, which already looks like more loans and more farce, the key will be for the group to try and put some clear blue water between themselves and the drop zone.

We’re in that run towards Xmas now, and the goal from here, is to avoid being in the bottom three come Boxing Day when we’re at Liverpool.

The components are there for a lower mid-table finish, and given that’s pretty much the avowed aim of the hierarchy each year, maybe, just maybe, the plan is working, even if it’s a pretty miserable outlook for fans who see other clubs spending on their team and on their facilities.

Nine or ten more wins could well be enough for Newcastle United. Getting them is the hard part.

There will be more twists and turns, and it is entirely possible we will be back in and out of the bottom three, before the three relegated teams are confirmed.

With that in mind, the two recent wins, plus the ride and goal difference, really were colossal.

We live to fight another day when we at one point looked doomed. That is Newcastle United for you.

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  • Leazes.

    Not sure about this article at all….what is it for?

    It is strange that ‘Im a Celebrity’ had two United haters in Wise and Redknapp….. I definitly want to see Harry eat sh*t.

    • Mike D

      With them jowls, watching him eat a sandwich would be hard enough to stomach.

    • Kneebotherm8

      Apparently he’s got no sense of smell which is why he cleans the jungle shthouse out all the time…….I wouldn’t like to sit next to him at bait time like….

      • Rich Lawson

        Cheese n onion ?

    • Rich Lawson

      Put him in the tank with the other snakes ! (He hates snakes apparently)

  • Stephen Paylor

    Looking at the table it would seem that 36 points this year might be enough assuming rafas better goal difference aim. 6 wins and a 6 draws seems very possible.

    • Danimal

      That gives us 33 doesn’t it? Which also may well be sufficient. A couple of weeks ago I was wondering if we could “achieve” 15 points after 18 games, which is where we were last season after the pre-Christmas slump. If we manage to scrape a bit more than that, I think we’ll have a platform for another glorious relegation avoidance. Sorry, just being deluded and having some of those famous unrealistic expectations.

      • Kneebotherm8

        You’re not deluded or being unrealistic …relegation avoidance is the only objective…..on as cheap a budget as is possible……FCB…..

  • Down Under Mag

    The problem is we are normally reliant on too few GOOD players to dig us out of the mire – if they are injured or out of form then we struggle. The rest of the team is there to just keep things tight and then when those better players find form we string some wins together before inevitably they get injured and we struggle once more. Such is life here.

  • Kenny

    9 wins, not a problem Monk says we will get 5 by Christmas

    • Paul Patterson

      He’s also just said that these are ‘the good days’.

  • Carverlier football

    We survive to look doomed another day…

  • Themoscow72

    Been through worse times than this. Remember when it got so bad had a row of seats to myself. These are the good days. Just wish the protesters would realise how luck they are.

    • Brian Standen

      This is part of my whole philosophy – if you watched in 70s and later 80s the whole club was a far bigger shambles! The difference was no club was that far ahead (
      We even won at Anfield while going down) so we were still partly competitive – until we met Exeter! But there was hope! Now unless your top 6 you are an also ran – ok Leicester were the exception !
      The ambition is simply – TV money

      • Leazes.

        The club had been in decline since the third and final of the 50s FA cup wins…. if not since the end of the war, but we still had very large crowds, breaking the record and holding it until Man United took our crown ….. and name.

        The demolition of the Leazes in the late 70s coincided with the decline throughout football in general, these were the dark ages.

        • Brian Standen

          Why are we agreeing so much? I concur with everything you say!
          I hate Man Utd because of everything they have become!
          And Feb 78 against Man City the heart of this club was ripped out – but remember was not Ashley who did that , just another like him!

  • Paul Patterson

    Our turnaround in fortunes happened the minute Shelvey went off against Watford. It’s no coincidence . .

    • Kneebotherm8

      Fair point.

  • JohnnyH

    This reads like acquiescence to Ashleys running of the club, unless I’m missing the point.

    He’s taking millions out of the club, not investing in player development, the stadium and training facilities, not backing the best manager we’ve had in decades, failing to compete in any way.

    Living to fight another day is not what I want.

    I want Ashley out along with all of his SD shyte.