The International break has come at a good time for Newcastle, and the club will be able t o ensure Coloccini and Enrique are back to full fitness for our game at Nottingham Forest a week on Saturday.
Danny Guthrie – fans will be so important
Newcastle have done very well early in the season, not only by winning 7 games of the first 11, but also keeping 7 clean sheets, the most of any Championship side.
But Danny Guthrie thinks Newcastle fans had better get used to 1-0 wins this season, and also believes the club’s passionate supporters will carry them to wins, more often than not this season.
We have three 1-0 league wins so far this season, and we’d hoped it was four last Saturday, but it was not to be.
The average home league crowd this season is still over 40,000 so those that doubted Newcastle’s unbelievable support will have to eat their words now.
Danny said today:
“We’ve scored quite a few goals and won quite a few games 1-0, especially at home,” “I think that will happen more as the season goes on. Teams are really difficult to break down, like on Saturday.”
“That game was so frustrating because we had the chances and missed them. But I think we’re going to get games like that and we’ve just got to accept it.” “Last season there weren’t enough goals around the team. This season everybody seems to be chipping in.”
“We’re going to need that for the rest of the season. It just takes a bit of pressure off the lads up front.” “Midfielders these days should be aiming to get into double figures and it’s certainly my aim.”
“You aim to win every game but that’s not going to happen. But especially at home, with the support we have, we expect to win and if not we certainly don’t expect to lose.”
“The support is a big factor. Teams raise their game when they come to St James’ but with the fans behind us it’s a big help, especially when it’s 0-0 late on.”
Let’s fact it, Newcastle supporters are just fed up with the clueless Mike Ashley and the ridiculous and embarrassing way he tries to run the Newcastle club.
But they have been very supportive of both the players and the manager and coaches this season, and that has helped the lads on the pitch.
“The fans have been right behind us since the first game,” “You get the odd chant (about Ashley) but you just have to ignore that and get on with our own game.”
“We hear about all the things going on behind the scenes at the club but when you come into training or turn up on a match day you’re not really thinking about that, it doesn’t really bother you.”
“I think I speak for everyone when I say that. You hear it and see it but it doesn’t really affect anybody.” “International breaks are good and bad,” “You know you’re going to get a couple of days off, which I think everybody needs because they’re going to be tired. But also you know there’s not going to be a game for two weeks.”
“I think it’s come at a good time for us because we’ve played a lot of games and the rest will do us good.” “When we’ve had three games in a week I always prefer that because you’re always dying to play the next game and you know it’s only two or three days away. It’s a challenge physically, but I prefer playing – everyone does.”
“Even when we went to Blackpool and got beaten, we knew we had a game a couple of days later and it was important to bounce back.” “It’s always good because it’s not lingering about in your system and you can go out a few days later and put things right.”
Once the league game start again on October 17th, they again come thick and fast, and we just must keep up our good form and results, since we must be at or near the top of the league in January.
Then at that time, whoever owns the club, and whoever is the manager, will bring in new players to help our push to victory and promotion back to the Premier League next May.
If we can do that there will again be hope for the Newcastle fans, and the club will have to bring in 4-5 top players in the summer.
It will also help if Ashley has gone by then, and have everybody at the club pulling in the same direction.
That’s a concept that has been foreign to Newcastle United since the great Bobby Robson left over 5 years ago.