Things Calming Down On Tyneside

All fury seemed to break out on Tuesday night among Newcastle fans, following Newcastle’s first league defeat since October 20th.

Jonas Gutierrez – we’ll come back

The team was hardly expecting to lose 3-0 at Derby County having just annihilated a good Cardiff City side 5-1 at St. James’ Park.

But Newcastle are not your normal team, and that’s a huge understatement.

Jonas Gutierrez, who gave away the penalty for Derby’s second goal on Tuesday night, has talked again about how the Newcastle players are determined to get back on track.

And it seems the enormous shock on Tuesday night, has even galvanized the Newcastle fans in that we are still in a surprisingly decent position to get automatic promotion – as long as we don’t have a complete collapse.

Jonas told the Newcastle Journal today:

“We have shown we have a strong spirit before this season, now we have to do it again,”

“We want to finish the season without losing any more games, that is the new target we have set ourselves. We need to build another good run, we said that in the dressing room.”

“The last time we lost, we set ourselves a target of not losing again before Christmas and we did that.”

“I don’t see any reason why we can’t do that again. It was a very disappointing performance against Derby, we didn’t play well and I made a silly mistake when I gave away a penalty, but there is no point thinking about that when there is another game against Swansea coming up so quickly.”

As we mentioned yesterday, Newcastle are still well placed for promotion, just as long as we don’t completely collapse, and that’s why the game at Swansea City on Saturday takes on even more importance.

WBA are at Reading in the FA Cup 5th round, so it’s essentially our game in hand over the currently top-placed side. We are currently level on points with WBA with a slightly inferior goal difference.

Jonas continued:

“Seeing West Brom go top is an extra incentive for us,”  “It is very close, of course, and we have played a game less, but we don’t want to be second in the table.”

“We have a game to play at the weekend in the league and they will be playing in the FA Cup, so we hope to be back in front by three points on Saturday evening.”

“Hopefully we have learnt our lesson against Derby. We can not play like that and hope to win games away from home. But we are still on track to get back into the Premier League next year.”

There are few clubs in the country who are followed with more passion than Newcastle United – and that has it’s good side and it’s bad side too.

When things are going great the players get terrific support, but when they are not, Newcastle fans are not exactly known for their patience with under-performing players.

The next chapter in Newcastle’s great adventure is at Swansea on Saturday – and we’ll just have to wait and see which team turns up for this game.

If we can win the game – it will certainly help settle both the fans and the players, abnd that’s the result we are all hoping for.

Howay The Lads!!

Comments welcome.

3 comments so far

  • jimnufc

    Feb 11, 2010 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #1

    now we have colo and smith back i think we need to get back to basics and remember that we are the best team in the fizzy pop league and even though we never hardly seem to win pretty but are a team full of hard workers and get the new players into thinking that way,chris h and colin c will get the lads thinking like that way hopefully, we need a good win agains’t swansea to get the lads back on track
    common lets go for it

  • DJG

    Feb 11, 2010 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #2

    This league is so topsy turvy. We trounce a top 4 team and then get beat by a team 18th.

    One thing that is for sure is that the standard of refereeing is not that of the prem (apart from Kevin Friend with the Mackems hehe). If you go away from home in this league you have to play well because the refs don’t give you any help. We will have to play well at Swansea but if we can use our game in hand to get 3 points ahead again I don’t see any problems. Especially as we should be able to beat Coventry at home. 1 point wouldn’t be a disaster.

  • MacToon

    Feb 11, 2010 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #3


    Sounds like there was a riot or something dreadful, if there was I must have missed it!


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