The first points of the 2012/2013 season have already been won against Tottenham Hotspur.
It is vital for any team to get results on the board and all teams will want to kick the season off with a win, but for Newcastle United with a tough season ahead, gaining three points this early on will mean more than other results that they perhaps gain throughout the season.
It was a performance that was far from convincing between the two sides. The fluidity that had been seen for the majority of last year was virtually non-existent. That is to be expected, a few players were said to be carrying knocks and not everyone has come through a full pre-season so I expected some rustiness.
Nerves were perhaps present in the side. There is no doubt that this season is one that is set to be eventful, the club are back in Europe and with a packed crowd at St James’ Park the players could in a way feel that the pressure that is riding on them this season.
The team will settle down and once each player is at their high levels of fitness then there will be better performances. With the season starting this early in August, I always find that it takes four or five games before the players settle down and get into the rhythm of playing games week in, week out.
Pardew and Co will work on many aspects of the team and no doubt there will be work behind the scenes to see if the Toon can bring any more players in before the transfer window closes at the end of August. With points already on board that will settle the nerves that may have been seen on Saturday. They will be able to build from that performance and push on this season.
However there is no way to make a judgement this early on in the season but the victory over Spurs will have eased the players who have to follow a truly amazing fifth place finish last season.