James Perch has said there was frustration in the dressing room after the Sunderland game on Sunday when the lads came so close to a famous victory with only 10 men against the Black Cats.
James Perch – in action on Sunday
James had to come on after Cheick Tiote had been sent off, and it’s never easy to come into a derby game, especially in the first half, but the former Nottingham Forest player, as usual was well up to the task, especially in the second half, and put in another solid performance for the back and whites.
This is what James said in the local press today:
“There is definitely a bit of frustration about the game, especially when I look at the goal we conceded and the timing of it.” “But I think deep down they will be more disappointed than us. We only had ten men for almost 70 minutes and they couldn’t break us down for most of that time.”
“I think it will be a good point when we look back on it after a day or so.” “It was a disappointed dressing room after the match, and the disappointment was mixed with frustration because they scored so late on.” “But we worked so, so hard and I believe we can take a lot of positives from the game.”
“I really look forward to the derby games. There is a great buzz around the city when they are coming up. You hear the fans talk about it a couple of weeks before and that gets us going.” “I don’t think it would be right to say we’re glad the game is out the way.”
“If we could play Sunderland next week then we would. You look forward to taking on your closest rivals and beating them.” “It’s a difficult game to get thrown on so early. It’s tough to be a sub in the derby atmosphere.”
“The first-half was difficult and half-time couldn’t come quickly enough for me because I could get in to the dressing room, sit down and compose myself a little bit, focus and get my head around what I was going to do in the second-half.”
James could well start the game against Brugge on Thursday night, and it’s likely he will start alongside Steven Taylor in central defense, and give Mike Williamson a rest, as the Stoke-born player seems to have played a lot for Newcastle over the last several games.
It seems at the moment that Mike is the starting center-back with Colo, but we expect Steven Taylor to be fighting to get his place back, starting on Thursday night against Club Brugge.
James Perch is also looking forward to that game:
“We now look forward to the Brugge game, which is massive for us.” “If we win it then all of a sudden our Europa League group looks good.”
We need a win against Club Brugge on Thursday night, and then hopefully we can back on the winning track against West Brom on Sunday, and we’ve won only two of our first eight games in the league, and remember we won the very first one at home to Tottenham – so it’s just one win in the last seven in the league.
Hopefully we can improve that record at St. James’ Park on Sunday.
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