Jose Enrique has come out today and said some truthful things about where the Newcastle club is right now, and he wants Newcastle United to step up their intensity levels in order to pull away from the relegation zone, where Newcastle are currently joint 3rd bottom.
Jose Enrique – Newcastle must step up to the plate
The Spaniard admitted like many other Newcastle players on Saturday, his performance in the first half was just not good enough, and that the draw has done little to convince Tyneside fans that Newcastle are capable this season of avoiding the drop.
Relegation would be a complete and utter disaster this season for the Newcastle club – and we don’t believe, like some Newcastle fans, there’s anything good that would come out of it.
We now have Arsenal and Chelsea coming up, and the likelihood is that we will suffer two defeats in those games. Certainly if we play like we did last Saturday, there’s no question about that.
The former La Liga star told the Evening Chronicle today:
“The only thing that will get us out of it is 100% intensity, and that includes training.
“There are games coming up that we have to win.”
And when asked of his assessment of the poor 1-1 draw with Hull City, Enrique said:
“I think in the first half we did nothing.” “In the second half we played a little bit better.”
“I felt I needed to play better personally, much better.” “In the first half we didn’t defend very well and we lost the ball too much.”
“The only thing we did was equalise when Steven Taylor scored.”
With all the lead-in to the game and that it was a must-win game for Newcastle, we just don’t understand why the players didn’t even turn up until after 30 minutes, and by then Newcastle were 1-0 down – it just wasn’t good enough.
But with results working in Newcastle’s favour on Saturday, this will likely camouflage just how badly Newcastle missed an opportunity to get all 3 points.
We shouldn’t be looking at other teams right now, but we should be trying to win every single game. To say we move up a place in the league, when we are joint 3rd bottom, is not something we should be talking about.
Jose Enrique admits there was little comfort that Newcastle nudged up to 16th place in the league as the Spaniard said:
“This is the one positive. A point is better than nothing, but we needed to win because we now have a very difficult game at home to Arsenal.”
“One point is not so bad, but this situation is no good. We needed three points.”
“With this team I thought we could win – we didn’t and we must move forward, now we can’t do anything about Hull.”
We like Enrique’s character and fighting temperament, and he’s put in a number of more than decent performances of late.
That’s what we need from our bigger stars, otherwise the unthinkable may just happen, and we’ll be relegated, and we’ll deserve it That’s not being negative, but facing up to the reality of what could happen if the lads don’t wake up soon.