We all know that Newcastle’s start to the season has not been good, and it’s been average at best, and we are 11 points behind Newcastle’s total of last year after 11 games, when Newcastle were unbeaten with 7 wins and 4 draws and we were 3rd top of the league behind the two Manchester clubs with 25 points.
Shola Ameobi – positive approach from the Nigerian born striker
Maybe that was just a flash in the pan last season, but we still have a good side, and in the next 6 games we have a chance of getting closer to the points total we had last season, because Newcastle went the next six games last year, and picked up only 2 points.
Shola Ameobi made his debut for Nigeria last night, when he came on as a second half substitute in Miami in Nigeria’s 3-1 win over Venezuela, and Shola was positive when he was interviewed in the local press about Newcastle:
“We haven’t been beaten that much but we haven’t won that much either.” “It’s not the start we had last year but there’s a long way to go and there’s ability in this squad.” “We’re disappointed but we’re not panicking.”
“There’s a long way to go and s a lot of improvement to do on our part.” “It’s not as if we’ve been at the top of our game and losing games. We have a little bit more to come and when that does come we’ll be alright.”
“We’ve been saying all season ‘a win here will put us up there’ and we said it last week against West Ham.” “Now it is the case for Swansea – losing that match puts a little bit more pressure on us.” “I think as players you thrive on that pressure a little bit.”
“When the pressure was on last season we responded, hopefully we can do it again this time.” “We need to make sure we start off a lot better than we did last weekend and give ourselves a chance.”
“Get that lead and it breeds confidence and you play that bit better.” “We need to establish a better start in the game, because if we go behind teams will sit back and defend.”
We’ve had a few emails sent to us this week, commenting on the over-reaction of our fans to Newcastle’s defeat against West Ham last Sunday, but that’s par for the course at Newcastle, and we tend to go crazy when we win and be down in the dumps when we lose.
But we have a feeling that Newcastle will come out fighting on Saturday, and try to put things right with a win against Swansea, and if we can do that, we’ll be only 8 points behind the points total compared to last season.
It’s certainly not the time to panic – that’s for sure.
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