The massive 3 positives this season for Newcastle United
Newcastle fans watched their team kick off the 2020/21 season eight months ago.
A 2-0 win at West Ham suggested the possibility of better times ahead this season, though the Hammers at the time were in some disarray and there was the fact that the two goals had arrived from the only two shots on target in the match for the visitors.
Eight days after that opening day of the season win, the opening home game at St James Park was a major reality check.
Brighton completely dominated the entire match, 2-0 up within the first seven minutes, absolutely strolling to a 3-0 victory that they could have easily doubled. Newcastle United didn’t have a single effort on target the entire game.
The next eight or so months have been ‘interesting’ to say the least.
Newcastle fans, like those of every other club, left sitting at home BUT able to see every single minute of this Premier League season played out on TV, if they chose to do so.
The fact that I know so many Newcastle fans who eventually found the style of football under Steve Bruce so tedious, that they ended up switching off much of the time, says it all. At a time when we are stuck at home with so little to occupy our minds, watching NUFC live on TV was proving to be the worst case of working from home. The virus rules meaning no ‘workmates’ to share the dross with and have a laugh about.
As Newcastle fans. I have never known us end up getting sucked into so many arguments with pundits and journalists.
Distorted reality arguments where as Newcastle fans, we bizarrely find ourselves having to defend ourselves on the blatantly obvious.
Whenever the odd rare win comes along, the journalists and pundits declaring ‘What exactly do they want?’, Newcastle fans very bizarrely having to even explain why winning a single match isn’t the ‘proof’ that we are all wrong.
On Saturday afternoon I have just sat and watched Brighton v Leeds, I was actually looking forward to it, unlike the vast majority of Newcastle matches!
Two teams that play football the right way, even though they may lack quality in many areas.
There were plenty of shots at both ends (28 in total) and the match could have gone either way, it was Brighton though who won 2-0 and took the points.
It left me reflecting on this season and it was like the fog finally lifted, the updated Premier League table came up on the screen and it says everything about this season.
The league table doesn’t lie they say and with only three weeks to go until the season finally ends, the table is ringing loud and clear in my head.
There are only three positives for Newcastle fans this season, three massive ones, when you sweep everything else off the table and concentrate on what has been key this season.
Can you spot what these three massive positives are for Newcastle fans in 2020/21???
Yes, this season we all have to thank…
Three teams that have been so woeful that they have kept Steve Bruce and Newcastle United from being relegated (unless Scott Parker and his players suddenly do something remarkable). If Fulham had won even two of their recent matches, Newcastle would still be neck deep in relegation trouble with a visit to Craven Cottage on the final day of the season, that is how lucky Steve Bruce has been.
Yes Newcastle fans have seen some positive results throughout the season BUT then there have been far far more poor to shocking ones.
As for performances, I honestly couldn’t use all the fingers on one hand to list the Premier League games where overall in the 90 minutes I could say Newcastle had played very well.
As Newcastle fans we are lectured and challenged with pundits asking what we have got to say for ourselves now that Steve Bruce and his team are now in great form? This ‘great’ recent form has seen two wins in the last ten Premier League matches, only four wins in the last 24 games (all competitions).
The world has turned upside down when it is down to Newcastle fans having to defend and justify the viewpoint that those form figures are absolutely woeful.
Unless ASM is on the pitch to be given the ball and run with it, we see the clueless tactics week after week. They have changed any number of times throughout the season but that rarely makes any difference, as clearly the players, just like the fans, have no belief in Steve Bruce.
So as Newcastle fans, as things stand, we can celebrate and thank Sheffield United, West Brom and Fulham for doing everything they can to stop NUFC getting relegated. That is it.
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