We suppose one way to get fans back and keen on just how well Newcastle can do this season – after te big disappointment of the Manchester United defeat is to take all 3 points from Sunderland a week on Sunday at the Stadium of Light – better known to Newcastle fans as a slight variation of that name.
Mike Williamson tackles former Sunderland loan player Danny Welbeck Sunday
Sunderland are just two points behind us in the league table, and we expect they will get a lot better under new manager Martin O’Neill, but our lads will be motivated after the Manchester United defeat to get back to their winning ways.
Of course they are always motivated when we play Sunderland.
We have only won only two of our first 7 league games and have a goal difference of -3, and that’s not good enough, given what we achieved last season.
Sunderland are just two points behind us in the league and we expect they will get a lot better under Martin O’Neill.
This is what Mike told the local press this morning:
“The next game has the potential to shape our season, of course it does.” “Our target is to go there and get three points and it could well be a springboard for us. We’ve got the players and the squad to go there and win it.”
“The next two weeks will be all about that. We’ve got to look forward, physically and mentally, to going there and winning.” “It’s a massive game.” The build-up starts here – the fans are talking about it, the media are already hyping it up and rightly so, it’s a massive game that means more than three points.”
“I think the lads – the majority of us – have played in them and won in them. We know what they’re all about and we’ll be ready.” “As a defense we’re working just as hard as we did last season,” he said. “We’re doing the same things, but maybe we’re not getting the rub of the green.
“It’s just the fact that we need to get a bit more consistency. We need to put everything together like we did against Bordeaux on Thursday and cut out the errors that contributed against Man United.
“I don’t think there’s a big problem there, stability is the key . You want a settled XI and you want a back four that are working together, but it’s a squad game and we’ve had lots of games to contend with.
“The players that have come in have done very well and that’s why it was so much more disappointing on Sunday. We believed we could win the game and believed we could keep them out.”
But we didn’t, and in truth in that first 25 minutes we were torn to shreds by the Manchester United steam train – let’s admit that and get it out of the system and move on.
It will be an exciting game a week on Sunday, but it seems a long way away with the International break going on.
Wish we could have had a good result last Sunday – but it was not to be, and the lads now have to get on with it, and of course hammering Sunderland would be an excellent recovery at the Stadium of Light.
And to use the Nike slogan - just do it!
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