Nicky Butt was so disappointed at Newcastle’s debacle against Portsmouth on Saturday.
But Nicky thinks it could be good for Newcastle that the next game is the derby against Sunderland on Saturday at the Stadium of Light.
Nicky rightly points out that current form usually goes out of the window in a local derby. That has to be good for Newcastle. 😀
Nicky Butt – man of the match on Saturday and pleased the Sunderland derby is next game
Nicky Butt told the Newcastle Journal this morning:
â€œItâ€™s a derby and all qualities to a point go out of the window,â€
â€œIn the first 20 minutes youâ€™ve got to give it your all, get stuck in and fight. The way youâ€™ve played over the last few weeks goes out of the window, itâ€™s just a one-off game, so the bigger the game the better.â€
Newcastle conceded three goals in the opening 11 minutes, two through bad errors by Brazilian Claudio CaÃ§apa. But having seen the home side get a goal back through Sol Campbellâ€™s 16th-minute own goal, a second Newcastle goal would have got the crowd right back into the game and as Harry Redknapp rightly pointed out â€“ the roof would have come off at St. Jamesâ€™.
Nicky Butt was disappointed Newcastle did not put more pressure on the opposition.
â€œIt was a disastrous 12 minutes,â€ â€œThe first goal (from Noe Pamarot) was a wonder goal, that can happen to any team, but the two after that were really slack.â€
â€œIt doesnâ€™t count for anything now but we got back into the game and I thought we were quite good. There was a little ray of light with the goal but half-time killed us really. We couldnâ€™t get going in the second half and all in all it was a disastrous day.â€
â€œWe basically just wanted to get to half time then try and change it. You canâ€™t explain it really, itâ€™s just shock. We got back into it and did reasonably well but in the second half we couldnâ€™t capitalize on the goal we got.â€
â€œ Itâ€™s a while since Iâ€™ve been involved in a game like that. There was one at Man United when we were getting beaten 3-0 at half-time by Tottenham and came back and won (5-3). When we got the goal before half-time I thought if we got a bit of pride into it and got one more goal, maybe something could happen.â€
Butt was praised by Sam Allardyce last week for his willingness to criticize team mates, who were not getting the job done, but Nicky was a lot more sensitive on this occasion, and rightly so:
â€œWhen you go in 3-1 down itâ€™s a team thing and youâ€™ve got to look at yourself first,â€ â€œIf you feel like youâ€™ve got something to say, you say something but I didnâ€™t.”
“The manager told us it was just a bad 12 minutes, play for yourselves and get a bit of pride back, which we tried to do. He was okay. He was totally different at full-time.â€
We just hope that this terrible performance is a flash in the pan and we return to our more sane defending on Saturday against Sunderland. A defeat then is unthinkable for most Newcastle fans, and the team should be playing as though their lives depended on a win.
That’s the attitude we need on Saturday, because a win would do wonders for the club, and stem the growing gloom on Tyneside.
Comments and opinions always welcome.