We never had many doubts that Newcastle’s only senior signing in the summer – Vurnon Anita – would soon come good, and for the last month or so he’s been in sparkling form in the middle of the park, and on Saturday against the Premier League Champions he gave his best performance ever for Newcastle United.
Vurnon Anita – our best player on Saturday
We could tell from the interviews he had given last week that this boy is a fighter, and he was all over the place on Saturday for Newcastle and he looked an excellent player, and more performances for Newcastle of this caliber and he will be called up for the full Dutch side to add to his five caps.
And he;’s at the head of our Man of the Match poll with 75% of the votes so far – and he was interviewed in the local press today:
“I am a player who wants to win games. I always give my best, 100% or more.” “Winning is what it is about for me. It is not like that at the moment but I will keep going and I do have faith we can turn it around.”
“We must stick together and try to win games, but I will continue to do my best.” “We gave them a really tough game.” “In the end we lost so we are disappointed.” “The things we did well we must keep to ourselves and let us take those things into the next match.”
“They have good quality and one chance for them can turn into a goal.” “It was like that on Saturday. We pressed them hard but they had one chance and scored. We had a lot of chances ourselves.” “At the moment for us it is just a story of almost, almost.”
“Then they are given a chance and they score a goal. That is disappointing but we must keep going.” “If we have the same spirit against QPR then it will be a good day for us.” “We must win against them – and if we do then we can look further into the future.”
What will be needed in the next month or so, is our players to show some grit and courage if we are to pull away from the relegation zone, and Vurnon is looking like a great acquisition we made in the summer.
His spirit and play on Saturday was energetic and skillful to say the least, and for once the corners and free kicks he put in were excellent – but we still couldn’t score from a set piece.
We look for better things from Vurnon and the Newcastle players on Saturday when we take on QPR at St. James’ Park – and a win in that game will certainly lift the spirits of Newcastle fans just before Christmas.
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