Putting in your best performance of the season and hitting 5 goals, and then losing by 3 goals just 4 days later, shows some signs that Newcastle’s mental strength is not what it needs to be.
Fabricio Coloccini – important player now at Newcastle
Those two performances have little to do with the capabilities of Newcastle, in that we showed we could take apart a good side playing well, Cardiff City.
Then we follow that by our biggest defeat of the season at Derby County, who are in the lower half of the Championship, and not even challenging for promotion.
That’s not good, and it’s especially worrying when we have brought new players into the squad, and that’s more than any other Championship side in January.
So the problem is hardly the capabilities of the players we have, and it has to be the lack of consistency and not enough mental strength.
Some of the inconsistency could be caused by the new lads bedding in, but we can hardly have too many more hiccups during the run-in.
It’s also a bad time for the team to start failing, as we are a short 16 games from the finish line, and after all are still 5 points clear of 3rd placed Nottingham Forest, and with a superior goal difference.
It’s time for the players at Newcastle to stand up and be counted.
The players we would look to as examples of strength in the run-in are players like captain Alan Smith, Kevin Nolan and Fabricio Coloccini, to name just three.
Given how well they have done so far this season, this is not the time to fold, and risk handing the Newcastle fans a second terrible season in a row.
No, we need to see the players rise above the fray, and start to play the way we know they are capable of – and if they do that, promotion will be ours.
Then we need to strengthen the side significantly in the summer.