Well maybe some of us Newcastle fans weren’t the only ones who couldn’t sleep too well after that nightmare last 30 minutes against Reading, when the unthinkable happened and we allowed Reading to beat us 2-1 with two sloppy goals conceded in the last 20 minutes – but we’ve lost a lot of points that way this season – the game at Stoke is another good example of how we leaked two goals late in the game to lose it.
David Santon – couldn’t sleep on Saturday night
But at least one Newcastle player had difficulty sleeping on Saturday night after the game, and it’s Italian International Davide Santon who seems to love it at Newcastle, and he has been interviewed today in the local press:
“I couldn’t sleep after the Reading game on Saturday night because I was so disappointed. I was going though in my mind what had happened and that kept me awake. It was difficult to take.” “What I would say to the fans is that the players always give 100% on the pitch.” “Nobody goes out there to lose.”
“This is a tough moment for all of us. We are training hard and have been doing everything that we should, but then we get to the games and we’ve lost too many. There have been four or five games recently that we couldn’t take anything from.”
“We got a great result against Norwich, but we needed a win against Reading and they scored two goals in the second half.” “So we are in a difficult situation. We have a big game against Aston Villa next week and then Chelsea at home, and we need to keep going, concentrate and stay together.”
“The problem is that there has been lapses in concentration and we are not scoring enough goals.” “I think we deserve to be higher in the league. In the team we have good and important players. But this season we have had different problems.”
“We are not solid in defense as we were last year and in attack, for example, every ball you gave to Papiss Cissé ended as a goal last season. But it has been different this time. Papiss has been very unlucky and not scored as many goals.”
“The whole team has been unlucky at times, especially Papiss. If we had been four goals up at half-time against Reading nobody could have complained. We scored just one, we didn’t concentrate 100% in the second, and it was 2-1 Reading.”
“There is not a nice atmosphere in training. We are all together and friends, but nobody is happy with the results and where we are.” “One thing you need to know is that everyone cares about the club. I care so much about Newcastle United.”
“I owe the club so much because they gave me a chance to play in the Premier League when I was so young. The manager has given me a lot of confidence, as have my team-mates, in my two years here.”
“The same goes for our fans because they have helped me so much. If I do something wrong in a game they never have a go at me. That is important.”
Davide has had a very good season in his second season on Tyneside, and his good play has attracted interest from clubs like AC Milan and Roma in his home country, but there’s no way this lad will leave Newcastle.
And the good news is we still have 15 games to go in the league – and with the reinforcements that are being brought in, surely we can start to climb the Premier League and get away from the relegation zone.
That’s true isn’t it?
But we also have to cut out the stupid mistakes at the back that were all too evident on Saturday, when we again lost a game from a winning position – and that was our worst league result of the season – and hopefully as low as things will go this season.
The bottom line is we need to be in the Premier League come the end of May.
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