Newcastle United have won just one of their opening 11 Premier League matches this season, with that victory coming in the most recent clash with Watford.
Prior to the game against the Hornets on Saturday, where Ayoze Perez scored the only goal of the game, the Magpies had just two points from 10 matches and were rooted near the bottom of the league standings.
Victory for Rafael Benitez’s side could now provide spark into Newcastle’s battle to avoid survival and some fans have expressed their confidence after comparing their results to the side’s around them.
Newcastle have already faced defending champions Manchester City this season, losing 2-1, and were quick to compare that result to the 6-1 drubbing that fellow relegation candidates Southampton suffered at the weekend.
While both results essentially mean the same thing, with neither side taking points off Pep Guardiola’s title favourites, some Newcastle fans believe it is a positive sign about their season so far.
We have gathered some of the best reactions below.
Southampton getting battered at City.#NUFC lost 2-1 and that was only because Walker scored a worldy and Rafa got called worse than shit.
They’ve stuffed Hudds 6-1, Fulham 3-0, Cardiff 5-0 and Burnley 5-0.
Think results like them justifies Rafa’s tactics. ????
— CompleteNUFC (@CompleteNUFC) November 4, 2018
Speaks volumes!!! pic.twitter.com/8Z1Kins8Te
— Marc Austin (@Marc_Austin) November 4, 2018
Nobody batters us! We’re in every single game.. players are behind Rafa just lack quality.. #Ashleyout
— Mark Kavanagh (@markkav14) November 4, 2018
He knows goal difference could keep us up .
— David HUDDART (@DavidHUDDART1) November 4, 2018
Well said!! Problem is some people are just too thick to see the bigger picture pal
— kevin young toon army (@kevo175) November 5, 2018
Absolutely 100% correct. Look at our GD already.
— David Roach (@davidroachcouk) November 4, 2018
Fulham were lucky to keep that in single figures!
— Rob Gibson (@rgibson24) November 4, 2018
We got slated for playing defensively against top teams however come end of the season ot could go down to GD!
— Jordon (@greggas90) November 4, 2018
Utterly vindicates Benitez’s approach. Our GD is about 10 better than those around us – and we’ve played the ‘big’ teams…
— Stuart (@Stuart32528468) November 4, 2018
Yeah that’s been my main point all start, Chelsea City Man U they all just beat us by the odd goal.
— John Bell (@Jibsatrick) November 5, 2018