The best and worst Newcastle result of 2018
With just fixtures against Liverpool and Watford remaining in 2018 Newcastle United can reflect on another busy calendar year.
The Magpies avoided Premier League relegation by some distance in the end last season by finishing 10th, while this campaign they find themselves 15th
Manager Rafael Benitez continues to work wonders on a limited budget and many supporters still dream of a serious injection of cash to the north east club.
Here is the standout best and worst match of 2018 for Newcastle:
Newcastle 2-1 Arsenal, 15 April 2018
Newcastle recorded a stunning comeback win at home to Arsenal towards the back end of last season, which was a result they knew was likely to keep them in the Premier League for another year after passing the 40-point mark.
Ayoze Perez and Matt Ritchie scored goals to cancel out Alexandre Lacazette’s early strike.
Newcastle were at their brilliant best to outperform Arsenal and that was personified by the tireless midfield duo of Mohamed Diame and Jonjo Shelvey.
The Magpies don’t have the best players in the division in their ranks, but showed what they are capable of with hard work under Benitez.
Newcastle 0-3 West Ham, 1 December 2018
Newcastle were dealt the hammering blow of a 3-0 loss to West Ham this season earlier in December.
They were annihilated by a direct rival in the league to inflict serious misery at St James’ Park.
It’s extremely rare that a Benitez team is carved open so easily and it certainly is a result that set the alarm bells ringing of a potential relegation battle at Newcastle this season.
A lack of quality in the final third really let down Newcastle too and it’s no secret that there is no chance of serious progression without some transfer spending.
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