So here are five reasons to be cheerful:
- After losing to Hereford in the FA Cup in 1972 our next game was a 2-0 win over Man United at Old Trafford – a good omen perhaps.
- We’re fourth in the Premiership and are in the last 16 of the Champions League, despite the state of the defence.
- Sunderland are still in the relegation zone.
- Alan Shearer is the Premiership’s joint top scorer and is in the best form of his Newcastle career.
- Lee Bowyer is joining West Ham, meaning stories of him coming to St James’ Park are untrue.