Despite just one win and three defeats from their opening five games, there is room for Newcastle fans to be optimistic about the remainder of the season.

The inconsistent start has led to a rather flat feeling among fans, but a win against Brighton on Saturday would represent a fairly decent start to the season, all things considered.

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When the fixtures were announced, and fans saw we opened with the visit of Arsenal, and trips to both Tottenham and Liverpool in the first five games, most would have looked at the other fixtures for points.

Granted, we capitulated badly at Norwich, but bounced back in no uncertain terms, with the fantastic win at Spurs a week later.

There are, of course, two ways to look at things: the glass half full view; or the glass half empty opinion.

For those of a more pessimistic persuasion, you could point to the result at Spurs, and say that should have added to a decent points hall expected from the Norwich and Watford games.

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They could also point to the errors that cost them the chance of a point against Arsenal.

But for the rest, we would have looked at those first few fixtures, and accepted that seven points from the opening six would have represented a decent start.

 

Even the most optimistic fan would not have seen the Spurs win coming, and would have assumed anything from that game, and Liverpool or Arsenal was a bonus.

Regardless of who, or where, the points came from, we are a win against Brighton away from gaining those seven points, and that should give fans signs to be hopeful.

Tough games ahead but kinder fixtures await

We still have some tough games looming after the Brighton game this weekend, with a home game against Manchester United sandwiched in between trips to Leicester and Chelsea.

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But a slightly more friendly run of games follow that, with only Manchester City left to play from the ‘big six’ between then and Boxing Day.

So although no Newcastle supporter would sit comfortably, the outlook is not quite as gloomy as some see it.

If we could manage to pick up a point or two in some of those tougher games, then we could yet surprise the doubters who had forecast a long, hard season for us.

It may be, of course, that my rose-tinted glasses are in full effect, but like some others, I prefer to have my foot firmly entrenched in the glass half full camp.

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