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We live to fight another day…That is Newcastle United for you

6 months ago
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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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