Nicky Butt has talked to the Newcastle Journal about the game on Monday night and to be fair to Nicky â€“ he tells it as it is.
Starting out by saying it was a bit of an embarrassment to Newcastle, which of course it was.
We’ll look at what else Nicky said, but it’s all good and so true, and at least one player knows what’s needed on Sunday against West Ham to put things right.
Nicky Butt – tells the complete unvarnished truth – good for him
Nicky talked to Stuart Raynor of the Journal this morning: â€œThe game was a bit of an embarrassment,â€
â€œWe didnâ€™t prove ourselves against them, though, and weâ€™ve only got ourselves to blame. Itâ€™s doubly disappointing because we started the season well and could have got up the top of the table if we had done well against Derby. It wasnâ€™t to be.”
” We didnâ€™t play well enough to get any points so we have to congratulate them and move on. We canâ€™t dwell on losing for too long. We have to move on and show how good we are at the weekend.â€
Good for Nicky â€“ he’s right not to dwell on the defeat but to start thinking about a victory in our next game against Weest Ham United â€“ certainly a good possibility. Winning attitude in action that’s good to see â€“ Nicky went on:.
â€œI donâ€™t think you can say we deserved to win,â€ â€œTo be honest, I donâ€™t even think we deserved a point. They came at us and tried to spoil us, we gave them something to hold on to and they held on to it for the rest of the game.â€
â€œFor us just to have one shot on target (a Geremi free-kick which brought about the corner from which Rozehnal appeared to be fouled) is very disappointing given the talent weâ€™ve got.”
” The most important thing is we donâ€™t make this worse. Weâ€™ll have to have a look at the video, analyze what weâ€™ve done wrong and move on. We didnâ€™t play anything like we should have done, but hopefully itâ€™s just a blip and we can move forward.â€
We agree with that â€“ we didn’t deserve anything out of the game and also we need to correct things this Sunday – which we can. We’ll probably know very quickly on Sunday what team has turned up – we would expect (hope?) that the team comes out of the blocks with all guns blazing, and in that case it will be a game worth watching. Hopefully, Sam can get the players really fired up for the game – that aspect was certainly missing on Monday night – when we started flat – and got worse. Nicky continued:
â€œYou would think we would have had the players to have been able to cope with what Derby threw at us,â€ â€œWe have enough quality to handle a team that works hard against us and never lets up. We didnâ€™t do that, though. I canâ€™t think of a player that played anywhere near the level they are used to.â€
â€œItâ€™s going to be a test of our character on Sunday,â€ â€œIâ€™m sure all the former Newcastle boys will be desperate to prove a point. When you return to your old team, you always want to prove people wrong, but we have enough quality in our team and hopefully this will be the kick up the backside we need.â€
Not sure many of the former Newcastle players will be playing against us on Sunday. Craig Bellamy, who played against us for Liverpool earlier in the year, is struggling to be fit for the weekend with a groin injury. Kieron Dyer has a broken leg of course and Nobby Solano wasn’t even on the subs bench in West Ham’s 3-0 home win against Middlesbrough on Saturday afternoon. Probably the only former Newcastle players who will start will be Lee Bowyer and perhaps Scott Parker, who is just returning from injury. Lee scored West Ham’s first goal in the first minute of the second half on Saturday.
Comments always welcome.