There was a little good news for Newcastle last night in that WBA, Portsmouth and Sunderland all lost in the Premier league.
Jose Enrique – need the points tonight
Newcastle play the big boys, Manchester United tonight, and with 5 of our central midfield players missing, it’s hard to see how we can much out of the game, but stranger things have happened, and Newcastle need to pick up every point they can from now until the end of the season, if they are to survive.
Jose Enrique talked to the Newcastle Journal this morning about the game tonight:
“I don’t like being in this position, it makes you nervous in training and in games because when you’re in a big team and you lose people keep reminding you of that and it makes it more difficult,”
“I tell my god all the time we want to climb the Premier League. But I think we can win on Wednesday, we need to. The table doesn’t look good”
“We know how difficult this game is because United are maybe the best in Europe – but we need the points.”
Newcastle got a 1-1 draw at Manchester, in the first league game of the season, and remain the only team to have survived defeat in the league at Old Trafford this season.
However, the team and fans then were full of ambition with Keegan managing the side, whereas right now the best we can do is to cling onto our place in the Premier League this season, if we are lucky.
Of course the Red Devils have won two trophies already this season and are in contention for three more. Newcastle have won nothing for 40 years, and it’s 54 years since we won a local trophy.
“When we started with that draw at Old Trafford, the hopes were high,” “I was thinking we could finish sixth, seventh, eighth – although not the Champions League because it’s so difficult. But it’s so different.”
“I didn’t play but I remember we played a good game. The first game of the season is totally different to one five or six into the season and now United are the best in the league.”
“After their Carling Cup win they’ll be happy so hopefully they’ve been drinking to celebrate for a couple of days! It’ll be difficult to beat them but we have to believe we can. We went to Stamford Bridge this season and got a draw.”
The 23-year-old was also in the team that was beaten 6-0 in January of last year, just after Sam Allardyce was sacked, and Nigel Pearson was in charge, and in the same game last year we were again well beaten 5-1 at St. James’ Park, with Keegan in charge.
In the 6-0 defeat it was 0-0 at half time and Newcastle had played well in the first 45 minutes, so we have no idea how we’ll do tonight, with another weakened side out yet again, due to injuries.
“We got to the break at 0-0 and the manager (Nigel Pearson) said, ‘Come on, we can do this’,” “Then in the second half they score six.”
“I’d never seen anything like it. I wanted to get away from it, to go back to my hotel room.”
“In the first half we ran ourselves into the ground. That made it a lot easier in the second half for Manchester.”
Newcastle have been linked with left backs for a while now, and yet we never seem to sign one to give Jose some competition, although he has again started to play well, and is even becoming something of a favorite on Tyneside, with his never say die attitude, and 100% commitment.
“I want to stay here,” “I think I’m playing better now I have more experience. In my last year in Spain I played much better, and I think I can do the same here.”
“I have three-and-a-half years left on my contract and I want to stay. Too many times the reports say I’m leaving – but my aim is to stay and play.”
“I don’t really go to Spain much. When I have two or three spare days I prefer my family to come here. I did the same in Spain, you tend to do a lot of traveling with the football and it can make you tired.”
Anything at all out of the game tonight would be welcome, and we’ll just have to hope the other teams in the relegation zone do poorly, as they did last night.
But at some time, we have to save ourselves by putting in some good and committed performances, and not have to rely on other teams.
Whatever happens tonight, the next game at Hull City will be the most important game of the season, and if we can win that game, we’ll give ourselves a chance to survive.
It’s also been announced that local lad and new number one goalkeeper Steve Harper will captain the side tonight, and that’s good because Steve deserves the honor, after spending 16 years at the club.