Newcastle Players Must Now Come Back Strongly

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.

Comments welcome.

5 comments so far

  • NUFC-0809-Oh Dear

    Feb 10, 2010 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #1

    Shocking performances all round IMO.

    Penalty was very dubious but we shouldnt get ourselves into that situation.

    need to hammer Swansea for it to be a decent comeback after this, our goal difference also took a hammering with that result, hence us now being second.

  • tdt

    Feb 10, 2010 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #2

    what a disappointing result, but not the end of the world. We’re still theoretically 3 points clear at the top of the league, which none of us would have turned down at the start of the season.

    I think they got a bit complacent, thinking this is a stroll in the park after the Cardiff game. They need to re-focus and remember that most of the games this season will be won by hardwork mainly, plus skillful footy: not skillful footy, with a little bit of swagger.

    Keep the faith, and look on the bright side, Forest lost last night 2!

  • tdt

    Feb 10, 2010 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #3

    I would take a scrappy 1-0 off-side, deflected, hand-ball, goal which is given as an own-goal to their keeper on saturday! 3 points is 3 points.

  • NUFC-0809-Oh Dear

    Feb 10, 2010 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #4

    ——————— – Harper

    —— Simpson – Collo – Williamson – Van Anholt

    — Routledge – Smith – Nolan – Jonas

    —————– Caroll – Lovenkrands

    Krul, Hall, Guthrie, Best, Ranger

  • Sav

    Feb 11, 2010 at 2:10 AM

    Comment #5


    Cut yer yap and mind wor gap!

    KN is as guilty of lacklustre showings as anybody. We want to see better from our stand-in captain on Saturday. Derby isn’t a disaster but it can still turn into one.


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