Newcastle’s vice-captain Nicky Butt has called on the Newcastle players to show they are better than their current league position, 3rd from bottom, warrants.
Nicky Butt – we need to be more consistent
Nicky talked to the Newcastle Journal today:
“I don’t want to say that we’re too good to go down – it might bring a bit of bad luck to say. But you look around the changing room at the quality of the players we’ve got – we should be getting a result against Fulham but we haven’t got one,”
“We’ve proved nothing yet. We’ve got to prove that we’re too good to go down on Saturday against Wigan.” “You look at the results we’ve had – we’ve been up and down, we’ve had a few good ones and a few bad ones.”
“That’s just Newcastle United for you – it’s been going on longer than I’ve been here and it seems to be just one of those things that happens at this club.” “But it has got to stop. We need to try to get consistency from somewhere so we can move away from that bottom three.”
There will be expectations on Butt and Joey Barton to take control of midfield tomorrow against Wigan Athletic, and continue their fine form, if we are to capture all 3 points. The game tomorrow is a game we just have to win, to get back on track after last Sunday’s very disappointing performance at Fulham.
“Joey’s a top-class player. He needs to put all his troubles behind him and concentrate on football, which he seems to be doing just lately,” “If he’s given a chance he can prove that he’s a good player. It’s good to have good players like him in the squad – we’re getting a few of them back now and it’s good.”
“That is what makes the inconsistency all the more frustrating – we just need to move on from the game and get on with the Wigan game now.”
Last Sunday was one of the few times the players have let Joe Kinnear down, since Joe arrived at the club 7 weeks ago. We gave away two poor goals, and that just about cooked our goose.
It will be very important tomorrow to have the defense play solidly and hold the Wigan attack, and with the talent we have in midfield and up front, we should be able to get one or two goals.
But anything other than a win will be another disappointment for the Newcastle faithful.