More bad news today for Newcastle in that Nicky Butt could be out as much as four weeks with his knee injury, and push will come to shove tomorrow night against Manchester United and a defeat will set the alarm bells ringing loud at St. James’ Park.
Nicky Butt – we weren’t good enough at Bolton
And Nicky himself was not happy with the performance on Sunday at Bolton, where we again let a relegation side take all 3 points form us, in a display that just wasn’t good enough.
Nicky talked today to the Newcastle Journal:
“It has been a disastrous weekend for us,” “The results have gone well for most of the teams at the bottom end of the table – apart from us.”
“It was a poor performance from us and I think we got what we deserved, nothing. I know all about relegation and things are definitely that bad.”
“Anyone who is sat in the dressing room thinking we’re going to be okay is in danger of getting bitten on the bum. We’re down there near the bottom.”
“If we didn’t think we were in the fight before this game then we know now that we definitely are. Now we have to try to keep our heads up and keep going.”
Quite honestly, we have been hopeless in the last 9 league games, getting just a solitary win at WBA and three draws – that’s just 6 points from 9 games, and that’s relegation form.
We have failed to beat Stoke, Hull City, Wigan Athletic and Blackburn Rovers at St James’ Park this season in the league, and now we have the three big boys coming along in Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea – so we cannot really complain that we are just 2 points from second bottom place, because our results lately have been terrible.
Butt, who will now not be available to help the side for a good few weeks, continued:
“Frustration is the main thing in the dressing room after a game like Bolton, and anger at not getting the result we really needed. We restricted them mainly to long shots, but didn’t take our own chances.”
“We definitely need to take something from those home games now.” “Our situation is getting more and more serious as the weeks go by.”
“We’re all disappointed with how things have gone and now it’s time to try to make amends quickly, over these coming games. Boro beat Liverpool last weekend so we can get a win.”
“We’ve had good results at home against the big teams in recent years. We haven’t had them against (Manchester) United, but Chelsea and Arsenal at home. We’ve beaten them and drawn against them.”
“We can’t worry about who we are playing against. It’s another game on Wednesday night and we have to perform better than we did against Bolton.”
Butt of course spent a full season at Birmingham a few years back, and he was all due to join Birmingham at the end of the season, until they were relegated that season, so Nicky has been through relegation before.
This could be his second time around if Newcastle don’t improve, and show more urgency, than they showed on Sunday afternoon.
“It couldn’t be any tougher than that really. They are coming to St James’s which is something, but they are probably the best team in the world at the moment.”
“We could play out of our skins on Wednesday and still come away with nothing – that’s how good they are.”
“But we have to try to concentrate on getting ourselves away from danger and back to where we should be.”
“The standard of our performances has to improve – and see whether it’s good enough to bring us anything on Wednesday.”
The former Old Trafford man added: “I’ve got a lot of friends there, ones that I speak to a lot. But I have to forget about that and focus on what’s happening here at Newcastle.”
Derek Llambias has said the club have a plan in place, in case they are relegated this season, and you can bet they are brushing up on that plan.
But if we are relegated we can say goodbye to all the high wage earners at the club, and that’s quite a few of our better players. To say there will be clear-out if we get relegated, will be a huge understatement, and some of our best players will need to be sold.
Unfortunately, if we are truthful, it’s starting to look like the lads may not have the required guts and glory, to get us out of this big mess we’re now in, especially with Joe Kinnear being laid up.
If we are defeated tomorrow night, we should at least expect a new experienced temporary manager to be drafted in – quickly – to try to save us, at least until Joe comes back.
When Joe is in charge, you know the lads will give 100% – but it looks like Chris and Colin are having some difficulty inspiring the lads to play at their very best.