Rafa Benitez thinks Newcastle are still in a good position but should the fans be concerned?
Rafael Benitez, manager of Newcastle United, reacts during the Premier League match against Watford.
Rafa Benitez still thinks Newcastle United are in a good position in the Premier League despite their 3-0 home defeat to Watford being the fourth loss in a row.
The result sees the Magpies fall to 14th in the table and now just sit four points outside of the relegation zone after 13 matches played.
Will Hughes of Watford celebrates scoring his side's first goal with his teammates during the Premier League match against Newcastle United.
"We have a team of young players and they are working hard. It will be tough, but I still think we are in a good position," Benitez was quoted by the Telegraph.
"If my target for the first half of the season is 20 points and we have 14, we have to be sure we use these next six games to get those points and then try to improve in the second half of the season."
Yet despite Benitez's positive outlook, have performances and statistics in recent times suggested that Newcastle are actually in decline rather than improving?
Andre Gray of Watford scores his side's third goal past Robert Elliot of Newcastle United during the Premier League match.
During those four successive losses the North East side have conceded nine goals and scored just once, with seven let in against Manchester United and the Hornets in their last two outings alone.
Going forwards there have been concerns since the summer with Joselu the only new striker signed, but now the defensive resolve that Benitez is thought to instil is also being questioned.
Much has been made of DeAndre Yedlin's poor performance at the weekend, but in truth Javier Manquillo at left-back was also at fault and the midfield offered little defensive cover.