Newcastle fans don’t demand a team that wins, they demand a team that tries. And that’s exactly what happened against Manchester City on Friday night.
It was a game that ended in defeat, but the players but in a performance you could be proud of.
If St James’ Park had been full, you just know the men in black and white would have been applauded off the pitch.
That’s despite the fact that Newcastle barely touched the ball and threw away the lead not once but twice.
But this was a different Newcastle to the one we’ve often seen under Steve Bruce.
Particularly in the first half of the season we were passive. We sat back and let teams control games. We never looked to hurt them.
For a long time it looked like Premier League survival was going to depend on the likes of Fulham faltering.
But in recent weeks, the Magpies have shown real attacking intent. It was only the Arsenal game where you could accuse Bruce’s side of being passive.
Sure, the performances haven’t been perfect. We’ve been questionable at the back. But it’s been much more entertaining.
That 4-3 defeat to Manchester City was much more exciting than the win over West Ham on the opening day.
A lot has been said this season about the expectations of Newcastle fans. Pundits like Paul Merson have claimed the Toon Army expect too much and are living in the past. Steve Bruce even alluded to it in an interview with TalkSPORT this week.
But the reaction to Friday night’s defeat shows that Newcastle fans don’t expect they world. They just want a bit of entertainment. A reason to believe. A reason to have hope.
We don’t demand a team that wins. We demand a team that tries.