James Perch has been interviewed in the local press today and he says the players were again gutted at the end of the game last saturday against Manchester City and for the sixth time in our last seven league games we took absolutely nothing out of the game.
James Perch - we were gutted on Saturday
It must be hard being interviewed these days for any Newcastle player, and there’s not much they can say other than they’ll do their best in the next game.
This is what James said today:
“I think most of us were gutted.” “Even though they had the better of the first half, I thought we came back in the second half and got the early goal we needed.” “Then we kicked on and it looked as though we were going to score again.”
“But they got the sucker punch of the third goal, which knocked the wind out of us and killed the game.” “We’ve got to be pleased though, especially with the second half.”
“I think we shot ourselves in the foot a little bit in the first half by not playing as well as we can do for a spell of 15 to 20 minutes.” “But we were up against the champions and more than matched them for long periods of the game.”
“By the end, our emotions were all over the place, especially when you’ve got the fans staying behind to clap us off, because they saw us put a great shift in second half.” “For me, I was gutted and felt like we didn’t deserve to lose.”
“At the same time, they maybe played a bit better than us and took their chances better than us.” “You only have to look at Yaya Toure’s ball to Samir Nasri, it was unbelievable. Then for him just to square it for Sergio Aguero was magical.”
But we found four years ago that it doesn’t much matter at the end of the day if you play well and don’t get any points, and what our lads have to do now is get more of a winning attitude together, and we must try to start picking up points again, and they need to retain their spirits too.
Newcastle face QPR on Saturday and they have three draws and one win under Harry Redknapp, and a defeat against the London side – and we’re in deep trouble.
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