Having heard the angry chants at the JJB, winger James Milner has urged his team-mates to make the fans change their tune, and seems to make a good point that things aren’t quite as bad as fans may think.
James Milner – things not as bad as fans think
And while James acknowledged the fans’ right to protest, the young 21-year-old argued the picture was not as bad as some are making out. James spoke to the Newcastle Journal this morning:
â€œThe fans are frustrated and weâ€™re frustrated as well,â€ â€œThe fans have every right to say what they think. Footballâ€™s all about opinions and we know at this moment in time weâ€™re not where we want to be.â€
â€œBoxing Day was nowhere near good enough but we have to make sure we improve on that and hopefully all stick together. Itâ€™s down to us to make sure the fans are singing different songs in the next few games.â€
Milner called for patience from the fans. How many times have we heard that this season, and stressed Newcastleâ€™s problems are a matter of interpretation, and James seems to have a good point:
â€œThe league tableâ€™s very tight,â€ â€œIt always seems to be doom and gloom around Newcastle but if you look at the table weâ€™re not far behind the pack chasing for Europe.â€
â€œPeople say Portsmouth are having a fantastic season, Blackburn are having a good season, but weâ€™re right in there with both those teams.â€
â€œWhen thereâ€™s a lot of changes at a club things arenâ€™t going to happen overnight and thatâ€™s not making excuses. The managerâ€™s going to bring in his own players and play his own way.”
“But we need to get some consistency and hopefully over the season weâ€™ll keep improving and move in the right direction.â€
Newcastle United, even though we have just one point from our last two games, are currently in 11th place in the league and just five points behind Portsmouth and one point behind Blackburn.Â The Lancashire side gained a creditable draw at Manchester City last night (2-2). Newcastle are now 7 points off sixth place, which normally brings UEFA Cup qualification.
The points are being shared around more this season and if we can get our act together quickly, we could still do well this season. But having just thrown 5 points away the Newcastle fans quite rightly are a little upset at the teamâ€™s performances at the moment.
If we could have taken 6 points off Derby County and Wigan Athletic weâ€™d have been in 8th position just 2 points behind Everton in 6th place, so itâ€™s certainly not all over yet this season.
Thereâ€™s still hope. 😀