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.
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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