As we would have expected, the morale at the club and with the players on Monday night was sky high, after the great 1-0 win against Leicester City.
Danny Guthrie – we need more of this at Cardiff
But it seemed to us that throughout the first half, it looked like only one team was going to score, and it wasn’t us. So in terms of getting all 3 points from such a tough close game was just great!
And would you believe that was Leicester’s first league defeat in six months?
Hughton told the Shields Gazette today:
“Morale is how you would expect it at the moment,” “We knew it was a tough game, and that we would have to dig deep, and if morale can’t be high when you’ve won the games we have, it’ll never be high.”
“It’s nice for this group of lads. It’s a long time since most of them have put a run together like we have at the moment. It’s certainly a nice feeling.”
“We all know the disappointments of last season, and how it’s affected everybody, but the only way to do anything about it is to bounce back, and the only way to bounce back is to be putting in the performances we have been doing.”
We are starting to get a little concerned in case the lads start winning game too easily, and get too big for their boots.
But there’s an easy way to stop that.
Even if we win every one of our remaining league games (41) this season, in our view at least, that would not make up for the humiliation the club suffered last May when it was relegated.
And it was a world wide event, because the Newcastle club is known all over the place, principally because of the Keegan years, and more recently the Bobby Robson years, when TV has started to beam the games live all over the world.
After all, this team was 4th, 3rd and 5th under Bobby Robson though 2004, and in 2006 we were 7th and in Europe the next season, when Glenn Roeder came in to rescue the club from Graeme Souness’ faltering tenure.
Our wage bill of £74M last year was one of the biggest in the Premier League, and people just couldn’t believe a club like Newcastle could get relegated with the top class players we had. Well we did, and on the performances the lads put inearlier this year – we deserved it.
Those players still at the club have an obligation to ensure they keep fighting like crazy, in every single game they play this season.
They should not forget just how much they still owe the Newcastle United club.
And we’re all in this together – rowing in the same direction hopefully this season in spite of Ashley’s antics – so no more demonstrations this season or anything similar that would be disruptive to the team.
The purpose of the Newcastle club this season has to be to get promoted at the very first attempt.
And together – fans, players, coaches – we have to do everything we can to make that happen, and do nothing that gets in the way of that.
Next step – 3 points at the Cardiff City Stadium – come hell or high water.
Howay The Lads!!