Newcastle Assistant Manager John Carver seems to be taking on a lot more of the press duties these days, and he seems to think the Tottenham game is no different than any other game that Newcastle will play this season.
John Carver – great shot of John at training grounds
John is making the point to the Newcastle players, that Sunday’s game is no different to any other game Newcastle play in the league this season, and they’re all worth 3 points with a win.
This is what John told the Newcastle press today:
“People are talking the game on Sunday being our biggest test. But I keep saying to the lads, every game you play is the biggest test, it’s always the next game.”
“No matter whether you play the top or the bottom sides in the Premier League there are no easy games.” “I’ve heard people say ‘The Spurs game will see where we are’.”
“Well, we have already shown were we are at the moment. This is another game.” “It is all about us really and after two weeks with a break, we are just looking forward to getting back out there.”
“Four of the last five games have been away from home and it’s a home game for us.” “It’s good to be back at home and have two home games.” “We have to take that advantage and get the points on the board.”
“We know it won’t be easy but they have had players travelling all over the world as we have.” “It’s all set up for an exciting and entertaining game.”
Those are good points that John is making, and of course he’s right in that if you take one game as a bigger game, then when we play say Wigan Athletic at home, the lads may think it’s not such a big game – and that’s when we’ll lose.
It’s sports psychology to be sure, but it’s important the players have the right mindset going into every single game.
That’s how good teams like Manchester United grind out the results week in and week out – they never under-estimate any side, and bring their best to every single game.
But it’s also hard to criticize the Newcastle side this season, because they’ve turned up for almost every single game, and they have battled in every one of their nine games they have played so far this season, and registered 6 wins and three draws.
Going into every game thoroughly prepared and with the right mindset, is one reason Newcastle are flying high with 15 points from their first 7 league games, but we also think Newcastle can be on 18 points from 8 games come Sunday night.
Wouldn’t that be something?
Howay The Lads!!