Joe held his weekly press conference yesterday, and he lamented the late goals his side have conceded at St. James’ Park, which has cost the team at least 4 points.
Joe Kinnear – furious at players switching off
But Joe didn’t blame the officials, and said last Saturday one player switched off, and didn’t mark the player he was supposed to, and Joe was furious that we conceded the equalizer in the 91st minute.
Joe said that he turned the air a little blue after the game in the dressing room, as he was furious the lads had let the fans and themselves down. He said their equalizer left a bad taste in his mouth and was so depressing, and again it felt like a defeat against Stoke.
Joe said yesterday:
“We’ve got to learn to shut a match down when we get a good lead and we’ve got to be more resilient,” “People have got to take the responsibility,”
“It was job done against Stoke on Saturday at 2-0 up.” “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 are becoming a team that is becoming extremely hard to beat,” “But we need to make sure we start winning a few as well.” “If you look back to the Wigan, Man City and Stoke games, we were in winning positions in all of them.”
“And points have been taken away from us because of decisions,” “When you look back over the season our luck has got to change. We’ve had six penalties against us!”
“But we’ve got to put it behind us and that’s what the players are doing.” “The lads have been doing that and been in fine fettle.”
Joe is a good man-manager and he was clear that the lads were giving their all, in terms of effort and commitment, and he has been very pleased with that, ever since he arrived on Tyneside.
And Joe again said that the Newcastle fans were just fantastic, and it’s a whole new experience for him to manage a side that is so very well supported.
Joe said that he tells the players they need to put that full effort in, just to rep[ay the fans for their undying commitment, and he said it was his job to ensure every player was ready for every game.
He said that was the very minimum requirement for every game, and he’s good at getting players up for a game, and the players will certainly be ready for Sunday’s game.
Not only ready mentally to play well as soon as the whistle blows, but that the players know their exact responsibility in the team. When players fail in their responsibility – like one did right at the end last Saturday – it can cost the team big time.
Last Saturday one player turned off in the 91st minute and cost us a valuable 2 points. Who was that player? – Joe wouldn’t say.
Let’s hope the lads concentrate through the whole game on Sunday, and a win is of course what we all need.