Joe Kinnear has made it clear today that the Newcastle players have to be honest, and learn from their previous mistakes.
Kinnear – players must be honest and learn from mistakes
Joe talked about the second half last Saturday when we amazingly thew away a good 2-0 lead at home:
“We’ve got to learn to shut a match down when we get a good lead and we’ve got to be more resilient.”“It’s the second time we’ve been 2-1 up.”
“It was the same as Wigan, when Titus Bramble scored, and again a centre-half has done us in the 90th minute against Stoke.”
“We’ve got to learn from it – and we have to be honest.” “People have got to take the responsibility.”
“It was job done against Stoke on Saturday at 2-0 up.” “Stoke’s main threat, in Rory Delap with the long throws, hadn’t worked and they were trying other things.”
“Then he was subbed and it should have been game over – we should have shut it down.” “But we didn’t. We left it open and they hit back at us.”
We were more than a little disappointed when we conceded that second goal after 90 minutes against Stoke last Saturday, because we really needed those 3 points so much.
But Joe’s right, in that it’s now over, and we have to move on – it’s water under the bridge. But the lads also have to learn from this, and indeed from every game they play. That’s how they can improve individually, and as a team.
But also, to be fair to the players, the team has not had a lot of luck recently, and these things do tend to level themselves out over a full season.
So if the defense plays well on Sunday, and we do have a little luck, there’s no reason why we cannot get our first away win of the season.
That has to be our goal. in any case.