Newcastle’s Tremendous Team Spirit A Big Plus

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.

Comments welcome.

20 comments so far

  • Toon XI

    Oct 22, 2010 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #1

    Three points tomorrow is the order of the day!

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Oct 22, 2010 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #2

    Show it more on the pitch and try scoring before the other team for a change instead of starting with an uphill battle!

  • peterktoon

    Oct 22, 2010 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #3

    Lets try R Taylor on the right wing if Chris H insist on using Perch.
    R Taylor can cross the ball and maybe even score some goals.
    Guthrie just dosn’t cut it on the wing and I think Routledge has struggled so far.

  • Moreno

    Oct 22, 2010 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #4

    It’s ridiculous but I am more confident us going into an away game anywhere (emirates, bridge etc) than playing at home.

    There’s something not right about that!

  • Davies

    Oct 22, 2010 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #5

    Problem is, we’re not guaranteed any points are there are no easy teams to play, at home or away, such is the quality of the competion in the Premier League.

    Now Ben Arfa’s out, does anyone miss Emre?

  • Lynxie

    Oct 22, 2010 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #6

    It seems like one or two of the players are overawed playing at SJP this season. (Little boy lost Perch anyone?)
    This needs to be sorted out quickly.
    The lads obviously feel under no expectation to get results away from home, and so far have acquitted themselves very well on almost every away trip.
    3 points at West Ham is well within our grasp, and we may rue not punishing such poor teams, when the final total is counted.

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Oct 22, 2010 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #7

    @ peterktoon // Oct 22, 2010 at 1:39 PM

    Raylor cant defend either though so that still leaves the right hand side completely wide open.

  • Thump

    Oct 22, 2010 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #8

    “After the horrors of the last home game, when we only pinched a point in the very last minute of playing time against Wigan”

    For crying out loud.

    We could have won 2-0 if we had an RB who could defend.

    We could have won 2-0 if we didn’t have a CM playing out wide.

    We could have won 2-0 if we had a better striker.

    What’s the point of the above points? NOTHING! It bloody happened and the lads fought back to draw level. It doesn’t matter how it happened or when it happened, it matters that we drew 2’s each. Look at past results. It doesn’t say “Manchester City 2, Newcastle 1 but it was only because of the referee and injury Newcastle had suffered to their star player Hatem Ben Arfa that they lost the game”. It doesn’t bloody matter when goals go in, it matters that they go in!

    Yes we didn’t play very well in the first 45 but we called the second half “football” and played the game and walked out having came back from a 2 goal deficit.

    Stop whining about it and support the team for crying out loud.

  • chuck

    Oct 22, 2010 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #9

    Oh yeah ! Been hearing a lot about team spirit for the last few months.
    Getting tired of it, can we translate team spirit into beating teams like Blackpool, Wigan, etc. at home ?
    Cause that`s what we will have to do if we are to survive,this season.
    I would trade all the team spirit we have for a couple of quality reinforcements.

  • GeordieGerman

    Oct 22, 2010 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #10

    chuck, “I would trade all the team spirit we have for a couple of quality reinforcements”.

    Look at the quality of Man. Citeh. Then ask yourself. If all was fair in love and war, who would have won that game?
    Team spirit counts for a hell of a lot.

  • chuck

    Oct 22, 2010 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #11

    But quality is worth more !

  • GeordieGerman

    Oct 22, 2010 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #12

    It costs a lot more. Does it preform better? Liverpool?

  • chuck

    Oct 22, 2010 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #13

    Ask Fergie and the glazers?

  • baro

    Oct 22, 2010 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #14

    I’m glad we are the team with a high team spirit! I love how Chris Hughton brings everybody together like one big family!

  • Rowan Milsted

    Oct 22, 2010 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #15

    You can’t underestimate team spirit. It gels players, gets them enjoying their football and subsequently better football, and it makes a team truly a team. Trade it all in for a couple of quality reinforcements? No way. What’s the point in having great players who don’t like each other, don’t like playing together and don’t give a hoot about the team? I’d take team spirit any day. With that, the players we already have become better players.

    I agree we need to support the team Thump, but this is a discussion site for Newcastle, so obviously there are going to be positive and negative remarks! We all support the team but we have to be honest when things aren’t right. The comeback to 2-2 showed great character and was amazing, but you can’t deny that our first half performance was awful, so saying it was awful is a fair comment.

    No word of a lie Davies, I was slightly gutted when we sold Emre. Alot of people said he was lazy, didn’t track back or defend and wasn’t right for Newcastle, but I always liked him… to an extent, anyway. I don’t miss him so much now beacause I believe midfield is our strongest area at the moment, despite the loss of Ben Arfa.

    Am I the only one who thinks R Taylor CAN defend!?

  • Rowan Milsted

    Oct 22, 2010 at 8:52 PM

    Comment #16

    * subsequently playing better football

  • chuck

    Oct 22, 2010 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #17

    RM @ 16#
    Yes! I probably think you are.

  • Rowan Milsted

    Oct 22, 2010 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #18

    OK. Thanks for your honesty!

  • kevymartins

    Oct 23, 2010 at 12:41 AM

    Comment #19

    Lads not much on here about the animal Tiote he has been outstanding such a bargin

    Tiote is fu*king awesome


  • Sav

    Oct 23, 2010 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #20

    be warned, West Ham see this as three handy points themselves.


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