It’s been an up and down season for the Newcastle team so far, but one big strength the lads have is their tremendous team spirit.
Wayne Routledge – tremendous team spirit at the club
That’s something the team didn’t have a couple of years ago, when there was just no stability at the club whatsoever, with four different managers during a season which saw the club relegated from the Premier League for the first time ever.
Wayne Routledge talked to the Evening Chronicle today about team spirit:
“Since I’ve been here, the team spirit’s been unquestionable.” “The boys have been together from the first moment I stepped through the door, and nothing’s changed.” “I think that’ll just continue through the season.”
“It’s very important to have a good team spirit, and I don’t see that changing.” “Different clubs have different dressing rooms and ways of doing things, and I feel here there’s the right balance.” “The boys are together and get on with each other.”
“We need to start picking up some more points.” “It’s going to be a hard game at West Ham.” “They’re starting to find their form, but hopefully we can go there and get something out of the game.”
“I feel we got what we deserved out of that game against Wigan.” “We fell behind to two goals, and that shell-shocked us, but we came back and got a point.”
One area where the team needs to improve is in their consistency. One week they look great and there’s no reason to think the team will struggle with relegation at all, and then they play like they did in the first half at home to Wigan, when they looked hopeless.
Newcastle will not get many points this season if we play well against top sides away from home and just fail to get a result – like we did at Man City.
And then play poorly against relegation-class sides at home and still don’t get a decent result – like we did against Wigan, Stoke and Blackpool – because that’s a recipe for absolute disaster this season.
If we are going to play well let’s at least do that against the weaker sides at home, and guarantee some points on the boar- and to become a better team Newcastle will have to play a lot more consistently.
Of course the better teams have already solved that one, and play well week in and week out, whatever the class of the opposition.
Wayne talked about the current inconsistency at the club
“It’s been an up and down period, and we need to start getting some consistency in our game, and pick up some points.” “We started off going to Man United, which was always going to be a difficult game.”
“In our first game at St James’ we put in an unbelievable performance against Villa, but since then it’s been up and down.” “We just need to find our form and pick up points in the best way we can.”
After the horrors of the last home game, when we only pinched a point in the very last minute of playing time against Wigan, it would be really nice to get something out of the game at West Ham tomorrow, another club likely to be fighting relegation this season.
A draw would be fine and a win is what we’d all like to see.