Speaking on Match of the Day following Saturday’s 4-1 defeat at Man Utd, Alan Shearer hit the nail on the head when discussing our start to the season as a whole – stating that we would have accepted our mid-table standing at this stage of the season before a ball was kicked.
As Shearer alludes to, the defeat at Old Trafford was our third on the spin, and whilst this is tough to take following our highly promising start to the season, Alan has called for perspective, reminding us that our place in mid-table is not one we can be overly disappointed with given our expectations at the beginning of the campaign.
Here’s what he had to say on BBC’s Match of the Day over the weekend in his post-match analysis of the game:
“It’s been a disappointing time with the last three results for Newcastle fans.
“But they’re sat just below mid-table; 14 points after 12 games.
“I think the manager, the fans and even the players would have accepted that before the season started.”
A valid point from Shearer here and something we must all remind ourselves of.
This slump has only put us down to 11th in the table – a perfectly respectable position for a newly promoted club – so it’s not like our three consecutive defeats has sent us to the pit of the Premier League table.
I understand fans concerns, with poor form and tough fixtures to come appearing to be a worrying mix ahead of a busy run of games, however an overreaction would be premature.
We have Watford and West Brom to come, handing us a decent chance to extend the 5 point gap between ourselves and the relegation zone.
Two big games, but an ideal chance to steady the ship. Let’s stay positive.