Jose Enrique had a decent game at West Brom, and we’d like to see Jose stay on Tyneside and help us get back to the Premier League, because this boy has the fighting spirit the Newcastle fans just love to see in their players.
Jose Enrique – wants win against Reading
And Jose says the players are confident of beating off promotion chasers Reading at St James’s Park on Saturday night to make it 4 points from our first two games.
The Spaniard helped Newcastle to a 1-1 draw against West Brom and fought hard for the team, but then he always does that.
We are very short of full backs right now, and still don’t have any real solid back-up for Jose, and on the right-hand side we’ve lost Habib Beye to Aston Villa, so we really need a couple of full backs in before August is out.
But Enrique, as we would have expected, is fully focused on picking up points for the Newcastle club, and there’s 3 for the taking against Reading.
Jose told the Evening Chronicle today:
“We’re feeling confident for the Reading game.” “West Brom were another team that are fighting to get back in the Premier League and the draw was a good result in my eyes.”
“It was important to show people watching on TV that we are ready for this challenge.” “And we’ll be hoping to continue that against Reading, I think we can continue our good start and win it.”
Reading’s last visit to St James’ resulted in an easy 3-0 win, when Kevin Keegan was getting the side back to their best in April of 2008. That seems a million miles away now, doesn’t it?
But as Les Ferdinand has said recently, our home games this season will be important and we must ensure we make St. James’ Park into a fortress once again.
If we can get some good results at home this season, with good local support from the Newcastle fans, we have to be in with a chance of promotion, and of course we;ll need just a little bit of luck.
“Against West Brom, we weren’t at our best in the first half but we still created chances.” “Now we have to start against Reading the way we finished the game.”
“The second half was very good and after Damien Duff scored, I honestly thought ‘we can win this’.” “It was a good move, everybody linked up well.”
“It showed we have good footballers who can show their experience in this division.”
And Enrique, as always, is looking forward to playing in front of the Gerodie home crowd, expected to be over 30,000 for the game, as he continued:
“It’s always great to play in front of your own fans. We want to get the season off to a great start for them.”
There’s no doubt that a win on Saturday, however we can achieve it, is just exactly what the fans will want to see, followed by another win in our next game at St. James’ Park next Wednesday against Sheffield Wednesday.
If the lads can get the season off a to a good start, after all the difficulties and distraction of this summer, just think what they could do with a permanent manager in place, and a little bit of stability at the club.
Then we’d be on a flat playing surface with the other clubs in the Championship.