We’ll see the build up this week to the derby game against Sunderland on Sunday, as players come out and tell their fans they will win the game for them.
Jonas Gutierrez – after scoring great goal on Saturday
My Dad’s a better fighter than yours, and all that good bravado stuff will be coming out this week, and it’s already started with Newcatsle’s Jonas Gutierrez.
But to be fair to Jonas his comments on the game are sensible, and he says the players want to win it, and that’s now even more important now after we lost two points against Wolves on Saturday.
That was a game we really expected to win with our best side on the field, but it didn’t happen, and maybe we were just a little rusty, as Alan Pardew suggested immediately after the game – and he could be right.
This is what Jonas said about the upcoming Sunderland game:
“We know the next game is the game that all the Geordies want to win,” “It’s the game that all the players want to be involved in.”
“I can’t wait to get started because I have played in these games before and know what they are like.” “I am sure Sunderland will want to get some revenge for what happened at the start of the season.”
“They will want to come here and get something. It is going to be a hard game because they have a good squad and they seem to have been on a really good run since they changed their manager.”
“They have taken a lot of points and it is going to be a difficult game. But we believe in ourselves and we are desperate to take the three points.”
“People have been talking about possibly getting back into the top four, but we are not thinking about that. We know we are in a good position and that we have a few matches coming up at home that we should be targeting to win.
“But this game proved how difficult every match in the Premier League is.” “Are we also thinking about fourth place? No, I don’t think the team think about that.”
“They think about the next game and about sticking together and helping each other out.” “We’re disappointed with the final result. We didn’t start the second half very well at all and when you make that type of mistake at this level, that is what happens.”
“Things like this sometimes happen. I don’t think we thought the game was won or anything like that, I just think that for whatever reason we didn’t start the second half like we started the first.”
Talk about Newcastle finishing in a top four position may be unrealistic, but we have a decent chance of making it in the top six and depending on which side wins the FA Cup could see 6th place get entry into the Europa League for next season.
If a side above us in the league wins the FA Cup then 6th place will give us entry into the Europa League for next season, as we explained earlier today.
Whether we can do that or not, it’s still important to get as many points as we can in the season, and we are now just 3 points short of our overall total of 46 points from last year.
And we suppose the points total is a better measure of how we are doing, rather than the position in the league table.
There’s no doubt it would be fantastic if Newcastle can get into the Europa League for next season, but it will not be easy.
A win on Sunday against Sunderland will of course help us towards that target – big time.
Howay The Lads!!