We are starting to get some bravado coming from the Newcastle players, telling us everything will be just fine, and unfortunately that reminds us too much of last season.
Leon Best – we are the Man United of Second Division
Last season players would come out and say how Newcastle were going to avoid relegation, and just watch in the next game how they would fight to the death – and all of that nonsense.
The next game came along, and we would be beaten with another inept display. Silence for a day or two and then it would start all over.
But talk is cheap and it never ever won anybody anything, other than debating titles perhaps.
Unfortunately we are starting to get the same nonsense right now from the Newcastle players, following our dip in form these last two months.
We wouldn’t mind so much of we were doing well, but we are not, and we should admit it.
This is what new boy Leon Best said today:
“As I’ve noticed in the couple of games I’ve played here, Newcastle are the Man U of this league and everyone wants to play well against Newcastle and be the one to score or to beat Newcastle,”
“We just have to go into every single game looking to win it, but when teams are giving their all and maybe that extra bit, we’ve got to put up with it and try and get as many points as we can.”
You cannot use that as an excuse, that teams play better than normal because they are playing Newcastle.
I’ve never ever heard the big clubs like Manchester United, Arsenal or Chelsea complain of that – they just get on with it and keep winning.
It’s part and parcel of being successful.
Swansea took the lead through David Cotterill’s 56th-minute goal, and let’s be honest, Newcastle were just very lucky on the day to get anything out of this game – they deserved nothing with their poor performance.
“When you look at that match it was a point gained,” “We’re top of the league now.”“I was here a couple of weeks ago with Coventry and they just passed us off the park. We got a draw and were happy with that.”
“In a way it’s kind of the same feeling. We fought back and got the point, so it’s a positive in the end.”
“It’s a tough place to come because they’ve got good players who keep the ball and work you. They make you tired chasing the ball.”
“We want to win every game. We want to win the league and we will win the league. But when you come to places like this, you’ve got to look at a point as a good result.”
But if we want to win every game, if that’s really true we’ll hardly win by just packing the midfield, we have to show a lot more courage than we’ve done these last two games, when we’ve dropped a full 5 points.
Best was dropped to the bench following the damaging 3-0 defeat at Derby County, but was justifiably pleased to have set up the goal for his strike partner, big Andy Carroll.
“I was pleased to make a contribution,” “Whether I’m on the bench or starting I want to be part of it and part of a winning team.”
“To come on and set Andy up is a pleasure. I enjoy it just as much as a goal. We need to do that more, we need to get balls in the box and let Andy feed off them. We’ve got strikers who can score goals.”
We don’t mean to pick on Leon, being a new boy at the club,and he seems a smashing lad.
But the players have to show their pride and commitment (and skill) on the field of play, and we’re not seeing too much of that in these last 2 months.
In our last 8 league games, since the Sheffield Wednesday game on Boxing Day, we have 5 draws, one defeat and just two wins.
That’s 11 points from 8 games, (I’ve double checked all this – honestly), and it simply will not be good enough for automatic promotion, if we continue this way.
It’s as simple as that.
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