We get a win and suddenly the world is a better place, but the fans know only too well that the performance was 'desperate' rather than a 'brave new dawn'.
Alan Pardew is talking in the past-sense suggesting "all our worries are behind us", when anyone at St James' Park on Saturday went away feeling relieved ... not satisfied.
Steve ... the Mackem's favourite
It was a win against a side who will be relegation fodder come May, and all we showed was that we weren't much better.
Steven Taylor (talking to the Chronicle): “We can’t carry anybody.
“The win against Leicester was massive.
“You could see the faces around the dressing room after the hard work.
"Everybody put 100% effort in which we needed.
"The fans were absolutely delighted. They had big smiles on their faces and that’s what we need to do more often.
“It was hard work, Leicester came here and Nigel (Pearson) set the team up to try to break us down and counter attack.
“We put our bodies on the line.
“That’s one of the things we’ve said in previous games. Even at Palace we let a lead slip.
“Players were out of position, We were trying to get an extra goal.
“We have to kill games off. We did that at the end against Leicester and closed it off.
“We competed all over the pitch and we kept the ball really well.”