Alan Pardew talked earlier in the week about getting the fans behind Newcastle, but that the players must play their part too, and show enthusiasm and energy at St. James’ Park, and not much of that was seen in the first half on Sunday afternoon in the 1-0 defeat to West Ham.
John Carver – our crowd can terrify teams
But that’s now water under the Tyne Bridge, and Newcastle must get off to a good start on Saturday against Swansea City, and we’re sure the crowd will be right behind the lads, and Assistant Manager John Carver, born and bred in Newcastle, had this to say about the Newcastle crowd today in the local press:
“Our crowd can terrify teams. When you are the opposition coming to St James’ Park, the first thing in your game plan is to silence the crowd.” “That’s what Sam Allardyce would have said to West Ham.” “He’d have said: ‘Silence the crowd and make them nervy’. “
“And they did that.” “What can help is the crowd. But we have to get them going.” “It certainly makes a difference when they are right behind us and there is that atmosphere.” “It can be a tackle, a header, a powerful shot or just a really good cross but we’ve all seen it before.”
“One piece of play can light the blue touch-paper – we need to get them going. We need that from the first minute.” “It’s not just the crowd, it is about us.” “It’s no good us saying we need the crowd, we have to give them something first.”
“We must make them react to us by being positive and getting off to a good start.”
The Newcastle players who were involved in Internationals last night will be returning to Newcastle today, and there’s not too much time to get the lads ready for the game against Swansea on Saturday.
And there’s also news that Yohan Cabaye has a stomach muscle problem, which is why he didn’t play last night for France in their 2-1 win over Italy, so we have to hope he’ll be fit enough for Saturday.
A win on Saturday will help lift the spirits of the Newcastle fans, and that’s what we all need right now.
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