Newcastle More Spirited Than Relegation Season – Yeah – Right

We’re always a bit wary of statements from Newcastle players when we are not doing well, because it reminds us too much of the relegation season, when we would lose, and then the players would come out and say the spirit is high in the camp and fans shouldn’t worry , because we’ll be OK and win the next game – and then we would lose again – and so it went on – and on.

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Shola Ameobi – we’re better than four years ago

We suppose it’s not surprising that players are coming out now and saying we’ll avoid the drop – because we wouldn’t expect them to come out and say we’re going down, because we’re not good enough.

Here’s what Shola Ameobi has said recently when comparing this side to our relegation side of four years ago:

“It feels very different.” “Back then there was a lot of discord.” “I remember thinking there were players who didn’t really want to be here and that doesn’t bode well for any team.”

“Certainly those that are here now have better characters and better temperaments and hopefully that can help us.” “It is important that the people who are here now want to play for the club.”

“And I know that when they pull on that black and white shirt they have that feeling that we’re all in this together – and that wasn’t the case before.” “When we lose games I can see that everyone in this squad is hurting.”

“It’s in their faces. Sometimes we’re in the changing room for half an hour after the game discussing it ­because we care.” “It means so much to the players – and four years ago it wasn’t like that.”

“Many of them knew they’d be leaving at the end of the season and I think that is the difference.” “Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t as if they did not want to win and it’s important to state that, but afterwards they’d be smiling again within a few minutes.”

“This season you can see that every single player is prepared to knuckle down.”

We have to win today against one of the few sides (four to be exact), who are still below us in the league table,  after our terrible record of nine defeats in the last twelve league games.

Three points against Reading this afternoon, who don’t yet have an away win in the league this season, will certainly help lift the gathering gloom on Tyneside – that’s for sure.

And we suppose one positive of January is at least we have Shola, and he’s not off playing for Nigeria in the African Cup of Nations, which seems to take place every year somehow. 😀

Howay The Lads!!

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13 comments so far

  • Toon_Tom

    Jan 19, 2013 at 7:37 AM

    Comment #1

    6 points today Vs Reading

  • jayo

    Jan 19, 2013 at 7:40 AM

    Comment #2

    Dont normaly post on here are any blog but like everyone else I’m starting to get a bit frustrated in the lack of any info coming out of are club. Does any one else think we need a director of football i dont mean a Dennis Wise type guy someone who would jump through hoops for are team along the likes of Bernard are Shearer. Lambisis might be a good business man but if we belive HR he is arrogant with players coming in and thats why were not getting players in. Plus he knows nowt aboot football. just my thoughts.

  • bills-son

    Jan 19, 2013 at 7:41 AM

    Comment #3

    Ed, your doom and gloom over reaction comments are becoming the norm. Just as you were wrong that Ashley’s refusal to pay Remy £85K a week showed a lack of ambition, you also believed the nonsense that we would sign N’gog and topped it by saying we’d be relegated if we did – now you ridicule Shola’s comments about team unity and backing of the manager.

    Shola id DEAD RIGHT in his comparison of the two squads as any fan with a grain of commonsense knows. Get off NUFC’s back Ed and stop making doom and gloom headlines just to get attention. It doesn’t do anything for your credibility as the blog owner.

  • Dennis Twice

    Jan 19, 2013 at 7:45 AM

    Comment #4

    Attack! Attack Toon! Attack!

  • iggystinger

    Jan 19, 2013 at 7:45 AM

    Comment #5

    Is the mbiwa post right have we bid for him

  • Toon_Tom

    Jan 19, 2013 at 7:47 AM

    Comment #6

    yes, from different sources – apparently we have placed a bid. We wil get trumpt on personal terms tho !!!!

  • jayo

    Jan 19, 2013 at 7:48 AM

    Comment #7


    rumor has it we have but it comes from Lesport 10 dont know how good there info is

  • AusMagpie

    Jan 19, 2013 at 7:51 AM

    Comment #8

    I honestly think Ed is the most negative person on this site.

  • iggystinger

    Jan 19, 2013 at 7:53 AM

    Comment #9

    Tell u what if we got him de jong and a decent striker that would be 3 excellent signins give us supporters sumthin to be happy about for a change lol

  • JP...from The Rock

    Jan 19, 2013 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #10

    How much could Gameiro be getting and could we bring him here perhaps on loan with option to buy. He isn’t getting many games at PSG and we need quality of his class. Remy is around that bracket and it’s what we should be looking for. Add to that Mbiwa and Sissoko and I think most fans would be very pleased with that. Sadly I can’t see that happening and as each day passes it even less likely we will bring one more through the door.

    A 6 pointers today, we win it will raise everyone’s spirits- DON’T LET US DOWN NUFC!!!

  • ballerfan2

    Jan 19, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #11

    Got to agree with bill-son and Ausmag- Ed, get a grip. You have become ultra negative. Is it to get like minded responses? It is one of the reasons I have stopped posting on this site. Shola’s comments ring true to me. It was obvious that the likes of Owen Viduka who had reputations in place and several others weren’t concerned about our plight. These younger players such as Cabaye, Anita, Santon will play for personal pride and growing reputation. A big difference.

  • toon kk

    Jan 19, 2013 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #12

    Time the team put on the black & white shirt & show some determination. Also the board showed some ambition.

  • thepict

    Jan 19, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #13

    So much negativity , let’s have a bit of positivity and three points this afternoon. HWTL


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