Newcastle have an excellent chance to get the year off to a very good start tonight, against 5th-placed Manchester City, by not only putting on a good performance but by capturing all 3 points. And if they cannot think of a good reason to do that, they only have to think of their magnificent fans.
All players should give 100% tonight for Newcastle’s Magnificent Fans
Sam Allardyce spoke in his plain down to earth language, when he talked to the Evening Chronicle earlier this afternoon initially about the disappointment last Saturday at Chelsea:
â€œIt was a big blow for us all, but we canâ€™t let it affect our confidence.â€ â€œWeâ€™ve got Manchester City now, and weâ€™ve got to make sure we are on top form.â€
â€œThe fans were great at Stamford Bridge, but the Christmas period has been bitterly disappointing for us all.â€ â€œThere have been so many points available but weâ€™ve let so many of them slip.â€
â€œNone of it was our fault against Chelsea, but at Wigan it was and certainly we conceded two very sloppy goals against Derby and didnâ€™t win. We only had ourselves to blame.â€
â€œWe were very consistent in the first nine or 10 games this season, then had a dodgy spell.â€ â€œThen we came back again and lost to Wigan, which was only our first defeat in five.â€
â€œWeâ€™ve now got to keep the confidence level up and performances to that standard, or above it.â€
But itâ€™s up to the lads tonight to turn up for the game and to give of their very best for their faithful fans. The outcome will depend on some familiar factors:
- The defense has to be at its very best and not give away sloppy goals
- We have to start taking our half chances up front when they present themselves
- We have to have both bite and creativity in our midfield
- The fans need to support the lads for 90 minutes come hell or high water
Thatâ€™s what it will take to get all 3 points tonight against an in-form Blues side, and we can certainly do it. We expect a win tonight and a good display from the lads. That’s laying it on the line, but it’s also the very least our faithful and magnificent supporters deserve.
If our players cannot raise their game for the fans, then they’re not the brave and gutsy bunch we think they are.
Come on the lads!
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