Nicky Butt, for the second time in a couple of days, has been speaking out about Newcastle ‘s game against Derby County.
Nicky tells www.nufc.co.uk that Sam foresaw how Derby would play – all out with guns blazing from the first whistle, and he was right.
So how come Newcastle looked so lethargic from the start?
Let’s see what Nicky is saying.
Nicky Butt – Sam said exactly how Derby would play
This is what Nicky told the official Newcastle United web site today:
“We went to Derby expecting to win and we were told beforehand that Derby would come out all guns blazing,”
“The performance wasn’t good enough, we deserved nothing and the gaffer told us that. He let us know in no uncertain terms how he felt.â€
What’s surprising here is when the game started Derby were immediately quicker to the ball – so the very fact that Big Sam had warned them what was going to happen is surprising. We didn’t seem to have the energy or inspiration on Monday night and even when we went behind we couldn’t muster the response that was needed. Just a bad night all around. Of course that happens to teams during the season – but the good teams still get something out of a game like that.
Nicky went on:
“We will look at the videos over the next couple of days and put a few things right on the training pitch and move on.â€ “We can’t get too carried away though, we lost and it was only one game.”“We’ve got a good game at home against West Ham to come and we should be confident because we have got enough ability in the team to put things right,” “There are a few of the old lads coming back and they’ll have a point to prove.â€
“But it’s up to us to not allow them to have that good of a day and we’ll be making sure we do all we can to get three points for Newcastle.”
As it happens it doesn’t look like there’ll be too many of the old boys coming back. Probably only Lee Bowyer will start and maybe Scott Parker and Nobby Solano will be on the bench â€“ but Nobby wasn’t even a substitute in their last game against a poor Middlesbrough side, as he attempts to settle in the capital. Kieron Dyer has a broken leg and Craig Bellamy is also out injured and neither will make the trip north.
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