Newcastle are in 18th position in the league after the Fulham defeat, but we are still just two points behind Fulham who moved up to 10th place with Sunday’s win.
Nicky Butt – inconsistency is frustrating
Nicky Butt talked about Newcastle’s inconsistency today, which is frustrating for the players:
“The Fulham game was just typical us. We’ve got our heads up and we’ve done really well over the last few games but then we’re disappointed to lose,” “That inconsistency is really frustrating. We’d had two good results, got our heads up and then started looking at these next two against Fulham and Wigan as winnable games. “
“Now we’ve lost the first one and the pressure is back on. We just don’t do ourselves any favors.”
But when a team is improving that’s one thing that will nearly always be present. When Bobby Robson was building the team on Tyneside, we’d go two or three game playing very well, and then not turn up in the next game. But Bobby was able to get the consistency and we finished high in the league in his last three seasons in charge (4th, 3rd and 5th). But then he was fired. 🙁
What we’ve proved lately is that the team can play very well, and that’s important. Our next step, which is not easy, is to produce those performances week in and week out, which is what the best teams do.
Inconsistency is even affecting Arsenal right now, as you never know which team will turn up – but over the weekend it was the great Arsenal side who managed to defeat Man United, and that was after losing 2-1 to Stoke City.
The same is happening at Sunderland, with Roy Keane, and the Black Cats have lost their last 3 games since beating Newcastle at the Stadium of Light. Something that will no doubt cheer Newcastle fans up a little. 😀
Again, the good thing is that we’ve proved we can play very well, and we expect a top display this Saturday against Wigan, where we must take all 3points at St. James’ Park. After playing so poorly last Sunday we need that inconsistency so we can play great this coming Saturday, and possibly take Wigan apart.