Magpies Need To Play Like Their Lives Depended On It


Things don’t look too good for Newcastle United, going into  tomorrow night’s game, against Manchester United.

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Jose Enrique – confident enough about tomorrow night

We have won just two out of the last 12 league games, and we will be without 5 of our central midfield players tomorrow night, so we will hardly be at out strongest against The World Club Champions.

But Newcastle’s left-back Jose Enrique says today that the team must stay strong, and he still thinks it’s possible for the lads to fight their way out of relegation trouble, during the upcoming games.

Enrique told the Evening Chronicle today:

“Ronaldo is the best player I’ve played against in the Premier League.” “He scored so many goals last year, and he won every award.”

“But I don’t think about how good a player is.” “It’s a good test for me. And I’m looking forward to it.” “I don’t have a problem playing against Ronaldo or any other player.” “I want to play against the best players in the world and the best teams.”

“And it’s not just about Ronaldo – they have 10 other fine players out there. They’re all world-class players.” “I’m thinking and focusing on getting three points rather than playing against Ronaldo.”

Enrique has also marked another of the world’s best players in Lionel Messi in the La Liga while he was at Barcelona, and Jose thinks the lads should be going into the game tomorrow night with some confidence.

The Spaniard added:

“The best player I’ve marked is Lionel Messi – he’s incredible.” “It’s like he is from another planet all together.”

“I played against him for Villarreal when he played for Barcelona – and we won 2-0 at home two years ago.”

“I did well against him then. Now it might be different because he’s got more experience.”

We have 11 games left right now, and it’s hard to see, after our dismal display at The Reebok on Sunday, how we’ll reach the 40 points total this season. Even if we do reach 40 points, that would still be the lowest points total ever, for a Newcastle team in the Premier league.

Enrique added:

“Last season we had the same amount of points and we got out of trouble.” “This year I still think we can do it.”

“We have some tough teams to play who are going to be playing in the Champions League next season.”

But we feel that we can do well still because we are at home with our fans behind us.”

Talk of course is cheap, and we had a number of our players telling us on Saturday how they would go out and get all 3 points at Bolton on Sunday.

Of course, it just didn’t happen, and the lads were nowhere near their best form either, and we suffered what was a crushing defeat, and allowed Bolton to get 5 points ahead if us in the league table, and some alarm bells are going off on Tyneside right now.

So the proof of the pudding is always in the eating, and anybody can talk a good game, but it means nothing.

And with football, what is important are the performances on the field. Don’t tell us what you are going to do – just go out there and play like your lives depended on it, starting tomorrow night.

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16 comments so far

  • hitman

    Mar 3, 2009 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #1

    another player coming out and talking, less talk more action on the pitch plz lads.

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  • Toon Graeme

    Mar 3, 2009 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #2

    I hope JFK gets on the phone to each of them and gives them some inspiring speech.

    Sort of like tesco – every little helps!

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  • Toon Graeme

    Mar 3, 2009 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #3

    Ed – you summed it up with that line about last saturday and all talking about winning.

    Its as simple as this:

    Try for a win
    Try for a point
    Try not to be humiliated and leak goals left right and centre.

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  • Hugh de Payen

    Mar 3, 2009 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #4

    I dream of a point tomorrow.

    Chances are one in a million of course but if we did get a point against Man U in their current form, I think it could spur us on for the rest of the games.

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  • Pons Aelius

    Mar 3, 2009 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #5

    I live in South Shields. It has a population split down the middle between Newcastle and Sunderland fans. I’m a Mag, my best mate’s a Mackem.

    A few years ago I laughed hysterically at my mate as the Mackems, mismanaged from top to bottom, slid down to the bottom of the Premier League while their reserve side topped their respective league.

    Oh how I laughed at the idiocy of a management team that couldn’t see the benefits of playing their in form youth players ahead of an ageing and failing first team.

    Now my mate laughs at me as our management refuses to play obvious talent like Ranger and Lua-Lua and instead opts for players that have failed time and again.

    What comes around goes around they say.

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  • Ross

    Mar 3, 2009 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #6

    agree Ed, think you summed it up with the line about all the chit chat with regards to saturday. Talk is cheap, clearly. There isnt a single geordie/toon fan/neutral onlooker than is expecting us to beat man utd tonight, all we want is a spirited display-something to show us that we’re up for the fight, that we will battle tooth and nail. Anything else is a bonus.
    Its for this reason mainly that i think we have to start Smith in the middle. As i said previously on here, he has a point to prove to us, bigtime. He’s been out for months, he’s playing against his old club, he was sent off last time playing against them. I’m pretty confident even if we do take a spanking tomorrow night that he wont go down easily, he’ll dig his heels in for the cause i reckon.

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  • Ross

    Mar 3, 2009 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #7

    tomorrow night i meant, obviously

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  • big boomer

    Mar 3, 2009 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #8

    Middle of the park is a big concern. Ryan Taylor does not convince in that position. Geremi we know is useless. So by process of elimation it has to be Smith, Lua Lua, Donninger or Inman. But we all know Hughton doesn’t have the balls to make such a decision and will probably go with Geremi and either cacapa or collocini. Can you imagine ferguson must be laughing his socks off. After a hard final he has the easiest game possible

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  • Kash

    Mar 3, 2009 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #9

    We’re FCUKED for midfielders tomorrow!

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  • Whumpie

    Mar 3, 2009 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #10

    We are going to get dry bummed.

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  • Shanghaitoon

    Mar 3, 2009 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #11

    A good team Against ManU tomorrow …

    Harper, Krul, Foster

    Edgar, Geremi, S Taylor, Bassong, Colo, Enrique

    Jonas, Lua lua, Duff, Butt, Smith, R Taylor, Lovenkrands,

    Oba, Viduka, Carroll, Ranger, donaldson

    Thats 21 players, and we’ll still get spanked!!

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  • Whumpie

    Mar 3, 2009 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #12

    Pessimists? Us?

    Smidge.

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  • harry861

    Mar 3, 2009 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #13

    There’s 7 players worth their place out of present team. Harper, Enrique Bassong Colo S & R Taylor
    Jonas, Martin..
    There’s choice between Lua Lua, Duff, Viduka Lovenkrands,
    Then it’s lucky dip gang for the bench. Knowing the coaches will pick to start with Slumber land Shola & Smith. What has Smith ever done for Newcastle except get Red & Yellow cards if these were goals he would be leading goal scorer

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  • sirjasontoon

    Mar 3, 2009 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #14

    Agree with Hitman…waffle waffle.
    Yawn.

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  • workyticket

    Mar 3, 2009 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #15

    harry861 // Mar 3, 2009 at 4:35 PM

    “…What has Smith ever done for Newcastle except get Red & Yellow cards…”

    …Then shout and point at the rest of his team mates as if it’s their fault. Apperently it’s called being a ‘battler’ Harry.

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  • harry861

    Mar 4, 2009 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #16

    Workyticket.
    To a point I agree with what you have stated, we need battlers & players abilities . There are favourites that get picked that are not worth their place.
    Smith is battler & I know there’s more effort from him than lots of his team mates & you see the results of his efforts, Red/Yellow Cards.
    The team as to be a team not individuals. We’re missing these players Guthrie, Nolan, Butt. Barton , Beyha ,these are battlers

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