One thing we’ve always liked about Nicky Butt, is that he is a straight talker and tells it like it is.
Nicky Butt – tells it like it is – good for him
Butt will hope to be starting at the KC stadium following his knee injury, and he talked today to the Evening Chronicle today about the upcoming Hull City game:
“These games are going to be battles.” “It’s been a bad season, we know that. There is no point feeling sorry for ourselves.”
“All we can do is concentrate on getting as many points as we can.” “We can’t worry about how bad it is or how other teams do, we just need to get as many points as we can.”
“Our last away game at Bolton was not a good performance.” “It was scrappy and games like that are always going to be.”
“We need to start taking our chances in away games.” “Bolton had one shot on goal and scored – we had a few and didn’t. It was a bad performance for us.”
“We are better than that, we know we are.” “But it’s getting desperate now and we need to start picking up points.”
Newcastle fans were not too happy by the team’s performance during the last away game at the Reebok Stadium, when we sent down meekly by 1-0. And why we keep our best performances only for the top teams just has to change, otherwise we will be relegated.
We also need to start winning away from home more often, since we’ve only got two such wins this season, at Portsmouth and at WBA.
But there’s little doubt that Newcastle fans are becoming more aware that our plight right now is worse than last season, and with Blackburn winning last night, we are 4th bottom of the league, and far too close to the relegation drop zone. In fact even if we win on Saturday we’ll not appreciably move much higher in the table.
Butt is well aware of the fans’ disappointment at some of our recent performances, and he seems to undertaand it’s just not good enough, as the vice-captain continued:
“I can fully understand it.” “I think the fans had thought we’d turned the corner and they were up for it again.”
“They were singing and getting behind us. Then after a couple of results they are sickened again.”
“It’s a sickener for us, too, and the staff. But we need the players, fans and staff all together if we are to turn the corner.”
It may be a sickener for the players, but it’s the players who can (and must) turn this thing around. We have to hope they go into battle on Saturday as though their lives depended on winning the game.
That may even do the trick and bring only our second win in our last 13 games.