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West Ham setback can’t overwhelm all of these Newcastle United positives ahead of Everton

4 months ago
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Newcastle United losing to West Ham was a setback.

There is no denying that.

However, it can’t be allowed to derail what has been an upward curve for some time.

Last Saturday was a blow and a missed opportunity, a win would have pretty much ended any remaining relegation fears and also made the chances of a top half finish, look more than a longshot.

It is no surprise when any defeat makes you look again at your team/squad and wonder what went wrong.

However, any team gets the odd bad day, no matter how good they are, or what level of form they had.

Just look at Manchester City, they have won 16 of their last 17 matches, scoring a massive 54 goals.

Yet they still lost one…

That of course was the game at St James Park and ahead of playing Everton, we all need to get in the right frame of mind.

After a horrific 10 game start to the season with only three points and no wins, the next 19 Premier League matches, including West Ham last Saturday, have yielded 28 points. If you took the points average over those last 19 PL games, it equals 56 points over a full 38 match season. A 56 points total would have given you seventh place in the 2017/18 PL season.

These last 19 Premier League matches have given eight wins, four draws and seven defeats. Those seven losses have all been to clubs who are currently in the top nine of the table, so what we are talking about is there have been no really shock defeats, the sides who have beaten NUFC from November onwards are all good teams, on their day anyway.

On top of that, the last seven PL games still show four wins and only two defeats. Once again you can’t just look at one result such as West Ham in isolation.

There is also the small matter of finding the winning formula at St James Park as well, Newcastle winning their last four home PL matches and finding a bigger goal threat. Rafa’s team have scored nine goals in these last four PL home matches, compared to only seven goals in the opening 11 PL games at St James Park.

Defeat at West Ham and Sean Longstaff’s injury are blows to the team/club but no reason to think Newcastle can’t bounce straight back against Everton, especially as with an almost full squad to choose from the manager as many options if he fancies a change to freshen it up.

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