There’s no doubt that Newcastle’s 3-0 win against Wigan on Monday night was monumental for Newcastle and not only did we break our four game losing streak in the league, but we improved our goal difference, which is still only -4, and in the 15 games we’ve played we have only 17 goals – so goals are still hard to come by this season for Newcastle.
Tim Krul – manager stability a big help
And of course Demba Ba has 10 of those 17 league goals, so we don’t want to lose this lad in January – no way.
Tim Krul was upbeat about Newcastle’s chances yesterday, now that we are getting some of our players back from injury, and he’s pleased the manager has a long term contract on Tyneside:
“It’s important to have no doubts about the manager’s position, it was our fault – not the manager’s – and of course we had injuries but we’re not allowed to blame that, we just didn’t play well.” “We knew that and the manager was saying that to us. “
“Everyone knew we weren’t playing like we did last year. In football you go through bad spells, we even did last year. We had a few bad games but hopefully we’ve been through that period now and we can kick on.” “Of course the contracts and the stability help.”
“When the manager signs an eight-year deal and the staff is committed, it’s perfect because you need that. There’s been not one whisper about the manager, but then he’s signed an eight-year contract!” “We’re not far away from the top end of the table.”
“The league is quite tight this year and a few wins puts you right back up there and keeps everyone at rest a little bit.” “We knew this year with Europe it wasn’t going to be easy. We knew it was going to be tough to achieve the same as we did last year but just get the confidence back and who knows?”
“We’re in the next round in Europe, we’ve got the FA Cup to look forward to and the league, hopefully we can climb up the league as soon as possible.” “When you lose four times in a row it’s unacceptable for a club like Newcastle. Everybody was just more shocked than anything but I think fair play to the lads, we stuck together and spoke about it.”
“We knew we had to work hard and that’s what we did. We started at Stoke and we did it on Monday again. I’m just glad everyone stuck together and we got our reward.”
Newcastle have 17 points from their first 15 league games, and that’s now 9 points less than we had last season at this time, after we had gone down to successive defeats at home to Chelsea and at Norwich City.
Newcastle are 5 points above 3rd bottom Southampton, and we have a better goal difference, and we are only 6 points out of 6th place and Everton and Swansea on 23 points- so if we can get some good results in the next few games we can climb the league quickly.
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