Shay Given was as depressed as the Newcastle fans at the completion of the game on Saturday, as he was seen dejectedly walking off the pitch following Stoke’s last gasp equalizer, and another two points dropped at home.
Shay Given – dejected following Saturday’s game
Given said today:
“Its very different to what we imagined, and its not an ideal situation.” “But this is where we are and we can’t change what has happened.”
“We must get the club moving forward again.” “It will become more intense if we are still in this position after Christmas.”
“If you are still down there after the festive period, you will be down there for much of the season.” “So we want to get away from it before hand.”
Thats sounds accurate, that if we cannot move out of the bottom four and up the league before the end of this month, we probably have a fight on our hands like we had last year through the easrly months of the year.
We have four league games left this year:
Sun 14 13:30 A – Portsmouth
Sun 21 15:00 H – Tottenham
Fri 26 15:00 A – Wigan Athletic
Sun 28 12:00 H – Liverpool
In fact, every one of those game is winnable, even Liverpool at home, which we achieved a couple of seasons ago when we beat the Merseyside side 2-1, even if we did have lots of luck in the first half of that game.
We just have to start winning games, as draws don’t do us much good at all.
We think we’ll have to win three of the next four games so we can climb the league table and get away from the relegation zone. That would give us 25 points from 20 games.
Last year we had 26 points from our first 20 games, and were 11th in the table, and Sam Allardyce was fired in early January. But the performances under Joe have been steady and much improved from what they were under Chris Hughton, but just too many draws, especially at home, and the last thing we need to do is replace our manager – again. That will almost guarantee we’ll be relegated.
And if we cannot win at Portsmouth on Sunday, that will be another big downer, especially after last Saturday’s capitulation, when it looked we were cruising home.
“We have Portsmouth on Sunday and that is a chance to get three points and get Stoke out of our systems.”
“I was just as fed up as the Toon Army. Were really disappointed with it. Looking back at Stoke, we were cruising and it could well have been 3-0 or 4-0 to us.”
“There was only one team in it, but for some reason we just didnt come out in the second half .” “They got an early goal which gave them a lift and put us on the back foot.”
“I still thought we could hold on, but they scored right at the death, which was a kick in the teeth.” “It felt like a defeat and I am sure it was the same for the fans.”
“Just when you think it cant get any worse, that happens two guys who are ex-players get the goals.”
Yes, we know how you feel Shay.