Damien Duff has been in surprisingly good consistent form this year, especially since Alan Shearer arrived at Newcastle.
Damien Duff – after scoring winner against Spurs last December
And Duff is one of the players we’d like to see Alan hold onto, if we do get relegated to the Championship, and have to unload some of our top wage earners, most of whom will hardly be missed.
Damien talked to Newcastle United TV and has said the lads will not let down the Newcastle fans on Monday night. Well, that will be a change and maybe only the second time this year that they have done that.
The Irishman is in hios 3rd season at the club, and with a good pre-season last August, he has had his best season at the club with 30 appearances and 3 goals. In fact Damnien scored the winner the last time Newcastle won at St. James’ Park, which was on 21st December when he scored in the last minute against Tottenham.
We haven’t won at St. James Park in 9 subsequent home games – and we wonder why we are 3rd bottom of the league, 3 points adrift of safety?
It’s a disgraceful home record, there’s little doubt about that, and we deserve to be exactly where we are.
But the Duffer has shown both good form and good spirit for us this year and he told Newcastle United TV:
“Everyone knows this is a massive place and a huge football club,” “You can just see by the reception we got from the fans in the last home match against Portsmouth – it was incredible.”
“We don’t want to let them down and we don’t want to let ourselves down.” “That’s why we’ll be giving it absolutely everything to get clear of trouble and we’re confident can do that.”
“I’ve been relegated with Blackburn once before. It’s not a nice feeling and I don’t want it to happen again.”
It looks like Damien will be left-back on Monday night, and he’s very accomplished in that position, and had a strong game at Liverpool last Sunday.
We’ll have to see if the lads can really deliver the goods on Monday night, but if they fail to do that against Middlesbrough with a win, it will be all too late.