James Milner, who for once played in his preferred position wide right against Wigan Athletic yesterday, admitted Newcastle never got going at the JJB Stadium yesterday, but thinks tha game against Chelsea, coming so quickly, may be a blessing in disguise.
James Milner – the team just never got going yesterday
The surprising thing with the display by the Tyneside club yesterday was that they hardly troubled relegation-threatened Wigan Athletic, and former player Titus Bramble had a very comfortable time at the back for the Lancashire club.
Ryan Taylor’s 64th-minute free kick claimed all three points for Steve Bruce’s side and even that goal put some question marks on Shay Given’s positioning for the goal. It was the side of the goal Shay was covering but he seemed to move to his left as the ball was hit by Taylor, and he then just couldn’t get to the ball as it squeezed just inside his right hand post.
It was a good shot by Ryan no doubt, but it looked savable to us. But that only made things worse yesterday and we’re certainly not blaming Shay for the defeat. It has to be shared by the whole team.
And Newcastle just have to improve in dramatic style, because these insipid displays are not acceptable to the fans of Newcastle United. The sooner the players know that, the better for all concerned.
After the game James Milner talked to the Shields Gazette:
“Both teams were poor and never got to grips with the pitch, which was a difficult one.” “Apart from the free-kick, there weren’t many chances at all.â€ “At least if we had came off with a 0-0 draw, we could have said it was poor performance but we are still unbeaten.â€
“It was disappointing and we must bounce back. We never really got going, but now we have to make sure we are up for the next game.â€ “And maybe it is a blessing in disguise that we have a game coming in a couple of days, so maybe we can get something there.”
All the attention will now shift to our tough game at Chelsea on Saturday and fans will want to see a good reaction to their disgraceful display yesterday. Any player who is not willing to give his absolute all at Stamford Bridge on Saturday shouldn’t even bother turning up for the game.