The last time Newcastle fans felt down in the mouth like this morning, was when we suffered our second successive league defeat against Scunthorpe United back in October.
Kevin Nolan – we have the character
We had lost away to Nottingham Forest 1-0 on the previous Saturday, and then on the following Tuesday – 20th October – we amazingly were beaten by lowly Scunthorpe United 2-1.
But the lads came back after that, and did go on a 7 game winning streak, so we got the right reaction back then.
And captain for the night last night, Kevin Nolan, one of our best players this season, wasted no time in calling for the side to put the Derby County debacle behind them, and move on to the game at Swansea on Saturday.
But whover starts that game on Saturday, they will need to have the heart and passion to fight in that game as if their lives depended on it.
And the return of Alan Smith to the starting line-up is a cast iron certainty.
We were relegated and disgraced in large part last season because the team didn’t show the spirit or fight needed against the mediocre teams like us, and we paid heavily for that.
Surely we cannot let that happen this season too.
Kevin talked to Newcastle United TV after the game:
“I said after the Cardiff win on Friday that we should not get carried away, and that is the same again tonight – we shouldn’t get carried away by one defeat,”
“It’s all about how we react now and that starts with a performance and a win at Swansea on Saturday.”
“We lost to Scunthorpe in October and it was all doom and gloom after that. But we haven’t been beaten since, until tonight, and we have to get that same reaction.”
“We have already spoken about that in the dressing room. We have to put this to bed now because it’s gone and we can’t do anything about it.”
“One result is not going to knock us off our ultimate goal of promotion and we won’t let it.”
“We’ve shown all season we have character when it’s needed.” “There are going to be lows and tonight was one of them, but we have a chance to bounce back at Swansea and that is what we have to do.”
As we’ve said before good teams come back from their disappointments with good performances.
But it has to be worrying to Newcastle fans that we seem to be all over the place in terms of performance in each successive game.
Somehow, some way, we have to get back some of our consistency – and make it difficult again for teams to score goals against us.
We would also hope that Coloccini is fit to return for the Magpies, but we are not aware of his injury status right now.