Newcastle Have a Big Future


David Rozehnal has talked again this morning to the Newcastle Journal and he certainly seems to be enjoying his time on Tyneside, and admits he’s wanted to play for Newcastle ever since he arrived here in the summer.

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David Rozehnal – loves playing at Newcastle United
What comes across very strongly with David is not only does he like living in a football town like Newcastle, but he also loves playing for the club, which he knows has gigantic possibilities in the next few seasons. And yes, he’s one of our favorite players at the club right now. 😀

David spoke to the Journal this morning.

“I am very happy with what happened against Fulham,” “To get the three points is the most important thing, but in many ways, the 1-0 score is just great for the team.”“It’s been a long time since we kept a clean sheet, so that is something we are very pleased with. The longer it goes on, the more people talk about it and the more you think about it.”

“It might sound strange as a defender to say it, but if we won 5-4 every game, I’d be happy because the victory is the most important thing in any football game.”

“But, for our heads and confidence, it is better that we keep a clean sheet. We haven’t done that enough this season and we have created pressure for ourselves.”

“Fulham did not create a lot of chances and to win 1-0 is really good for our heads, it will calm everyone down and we have to concentrate on taking this into the next game. It’s obviously important for me as a defender to keep clean sheets.”

Shay Given dealt effectively with everything that came his way and looked confident in goal for Newcastle. But he was also well protected by his back line and really didn’t have a meaningful save to make in the game other than to tip away David Healy’s shot from outside the area. But we think that’s more due to Fulham’s ineptitude than anything else.

This was out first clean sheet since we defeated Wigan 1-0 at home on September 1st and it was Newcastle’s first clean sheet away from home since drawing 0-0 at Manchester City in November last year. And as Big Sam was saying last week, Rozehnal has now figured in all but one of Newcastle’s Premier League games this season and has learned from some of his mistakes in the goldfish bowl, which is Newcastle United.

But David has just a great attitude as he continued:

“I wanted to play from the moment I arrived at Newcastle. I didn’t come here to sit on the bench, I want to play and do the best I can.”“I knew I’d have to adapt a little bit, but I made the decision to come here and that is what I was determined to do.”

“It’s a different country with a different language, but my English is getting better and I feel as though I am playing better as well.” “We are aware of the criticism we have received as a defense, but it will always be like that in the Premier League. We have to keep clean sheets, we have to stop the other team scoring, there is big pressure to do that, not just for the defenders but the goalkeeper and the rest of the team.

“Newcastle are a big team, hopefully with a big future, and we are going to be under pressure if we don’t keep clean sheets. This is a big league, it’s not like when I was in the Czech Republic or in Belgium, there is constant attention every weekend. It’s the biggest league in the world.”

In fact, Newcastle have an excellent chance to keep another clean sheet at home next Sunday to the worst team in the Premiership this season – Derby County. But we may be tempting fate too much by pointing this out. We need 3 points against Derby on Sunday, however we can get them.

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3 comments so far

  • Bill f

    Dec 17, 2007 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #1

    For a start Ed Newcastle is a city, and I am not sure that he is learning English living there. 🙂

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  • ObaFan2

    Dec 17, 2007 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #2

    idd Bill F but having lived in Newcastle all my life I too think it’s more like a town than a city for many reasons. Maybe Roz has adapted that quickly 🙂

    I think Beye has adapted better tbh and he’s hopefully made rb postion his unlike the other 3 defensive positions which are still up for debate?

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  • Ed Harrison

    Dec 17, 2007 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #3

    Bill f – yes I know – I remember my Mam told me we have St. Nicholas Cathedral and therefore are a City. 😀

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