It was 29th September at Leicester, and we were losing 1-0, and just before half time, Isaac Hayden was then sent off.
The game ended in our worst defeat since the dreary days of manager Steve McClaren – it ended 5-0, and after that, we had 5 points from our first 7 games.
It looked like we were definitely in for another battle with relegation.
We still maybe will have that fight, but in the last five games, we have three wins against Man United, West Ham, and Bournemouth.
And are up to 15 points from our first 12 games – the best we’ve been since five years ago when Alan Pardew was still at the club.
Not only have we picked up points, but Steve Bruce has been true to his word, and he has had Newcastle play a more attacking style of football.
And the new front three of Allan Saint-Maximin (ASM), Joelinton, and Miguel Almiron have looked threatening, especially the two wide men.
We looked great last week in the first half against West Ham and yesterday, after being outplayed for the first 25 minutes and 1-0 down, we came back with two goals from Clark (second in two games) and DeAndre Yedlin.
The Magpies then held out well as the Cherries chased the equalizer over the last 20 minutes.
We also had breakaways when we should have scored – much like last week at the London Stadium.
So hopefully, we still have that defensive resilience built up under Rafa Benitez, but now we have some threat in the final one-third of the pitch.
Yes, we now have real pace with ASM and Almiron looking lightning fast down the wings.
So we even have some hope that maybe – just maybe – we can avoid another relegation fight and even finish above 10th place for only the second time under woeful and stubborn owner Mike Ashley.
Steve Bruce has taken severe criticism as most managers would after the way Mike Ashley stupidly allowed Rafa Benitez to leave the club.
But maybe he can manage Newcastle to a decent season.
Yes, anything can happen in the Premier League, so it’s in no way clear whether we can avoid a relegation fight.
But more displays like the last two and we should be able to pick up the points.
There’s a two-week International break, and we have 6 games in December – so at the end of this year, we’ll know how better we can fare this season.
But after all the nonsense over the summer, when we lost a world-class manager, a decent finish this season would mean success for Newcastle United.
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