Making Sense Of Madness
Having had time to take it all in and reflect on Newcastle's home league defeat to Fulham, it seems some sense can be made out of all of the madness.
First things first, the reaction or overreaction on social media to various results from certain quarters is enough to make you reach for the disconnect button but only when you think about the generation that some have been born in, it's no wonder that it comes across like zombie-like sheep looking for the nearest gate.
In truth, some comments are not worth a light without the substance to back up the claims although some are worthy of their opinion.
Personally speaking and with 23 full time managers and 12 caretaker bosses filling up the itinerary of my 40 odd years of existence to fall back on, im not blowing a trumpet to think that my thought train is of a higher relevance than most.
It makes you think what many of today's breed see in the game when they pay whatever it is they pay to see games before booing at the slightest thing or deciding to go home many minutes before the end. You wouldn't leave a film if the storyline took a turn you weren't expecting and that's what supporting a club is all about.
Living through the thin in order to reap the rewards or at least realise the time they drop into your lap. Which is what we have now under Rafa Benitez.
A team that is still top of the league but is getting full pelters from those who see the need to air their grievances on social media but the reality of it is, is that it is so undeserved.
The defeat to Fulham was probably the first game this season that you could hold your hands up and say the better team won on the day. It most certainly was at home anyway.
Even with a number of defeats that seem high in comparison to the excellent away record, every game apart from the Fulham one saw moments where things could have been different.
As it is, yesterday's defeat may be explained by tactics by those of us that think we know better than a Spaniard with a pedigree longer than many and most certainly at our club but only when Rafa Benitez and his coaches sit down to watch the recording of the game will they know what really went wrong.
Analysing the full match properly a few times, if it hasn't already been done, will allow Rafa to create a report that will pick out where things went wrong and they will be put right. Whether that be down to individuals not doing their job or the opponents cottoning on to something that we didn't see, I have no doubt that it will be addressed which is something that ive not had faith in for a number of years with anyone.
We will do well to remember where we were a year ago and those who are blind to the real picture will say that we were in a higher league but these will be the people that couldn't see how rotten things had become both on and off the pitch, no matter how many minutes they sat in their seat.
Others like me, realise the task that was in hand and the inbred losing mentality that isn't an easy overnight fix but it is well on the way to being exorcised and Rafa must be allowed to get on with it.
We'll have good days and almost certainly bad but it's not about preventing the bad things from happening before they do but how you put them right when they do happen in order to bounce back.
I know where my faith is.