Newcastle United skipper Geremi is adamant that Newcastle have to beat Everton today at St. Jamesâ€™ Park if the team wants to have a chance of finishing in the top 6 and qualifying for Europe next season.
Geremi is very straight about this because Everton, who won their first round tie of the UEFA cup in the Ukraine on Thursday night, will also be pushing to qualify for Europe again this year.
Geremi – Newcastle captain says we must beat Everton – no excuses
Geremi said yesterday:
â€œEverton are one of the six teams we are fighting with for a European place.â€ â€œIt isnâ€™t a good thing to drop points against them.â€ â€œWe must win and make sure we are in contention for a European place. There is no hiding place for us.â€
â€œWe want that position. We donâ€™t have a specification on whether it is Champions League or the UEFA but we know we need to be around the top six.â€ â€œThatâ€™s why we must keep winning especially at home.â€
Sam has complained about some of the scheduling this season, such as the last 3 games which were over a short 6 day period when we lost the last two to Arsenal and Man City. Newcastle have a chance today because of Evertonâ€™s hoped for fatigue from last week but the players are still gelling and still trying to play better as a single unit.
â€œWe had a good week in training.â€ â€œIt was important for the manager because he needed that week to work with us.â€ â€œComing from a defeat is good in a way, because if you have lost the week before like we did at Man City, you want to win this one even more.â€
â€œYou want it to come quickly to win and forget the last game.â€ â€œFor us itâ€™s important to win and give everything to make sure we go into the international break with a win under our belts.â€
Geremi also spent time on Friday supporting the charity Meningitis UK by packing bags at ASDA in Gateshead, along with Oba Martins, on whom we reported yesterday. The Newcastle United captain went on:
â€œWe learned from the defeat at Man City.â€ â€œWe know we have players who can score all over the pitch but we know we mustnâ€™t concede. I remember before we went to Man City we were tighter and we managed to score which helped us win the games.â€ â€œIt is simple but it is the way it is.â€
â€œWe have managed to score in many matches and proved we can score. The aim is to keep a clean sheet and focus on that if we are to win the match.â€
Well, there you have it â€“ there will be few excuses if Newcastle cannot get the job done today since several advantages are in our favor. The one thing we must avoid is defensive slackness, lack of concentration and stupid mistakes. If we can do that then something like a 2-0 win is definitely attainable.Â The league table will then look a lot more comforting to Geordie supporters throughout the world.
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