James Perch has done the round of interviews today in the local papers, and one interesting piece of what he said, is the players don’t talk about relegation – that’s good.
James Perch - a top class professional at Newcastle
Newcastle’s fans’ expectations for the season were raised immeasurably in one of the best January transfer windows in recent memory, and it was good work from owner Mike Ashley, Derek LLambias and others that got us four players in over a span of four days.
And that was the week after our terrible loss to Reading, when most of us were thinking – not another relegation in four years – well that’s what I was thinking in any case.
And of course while we are not out of the woods yet – the three games with our new players gave us cause to think we should be able to move up the league table, and we got 6 points in those three games, two of which were against top four sides in Chelsea and Tottenham.
So we’ve done well in the three games since the Reading disaster – and James Perch thinks it’s also good to have the new lads on board:
“If you fall into that mindset of thinking you are in a relegation battle, that is when you will struggle.” “You will start feeling the pressure.” “You will not win the games you should win.”
“We always thought we have just been unlucky in some games.” “Sometimes we have played well and still lost.” “I think if we carry on what we are doing we will be fine.” “We have the players the gaffer wanted. and they have made a massive impact.”
“It’s great to have some of the new players who’ve come in available.” “And that will help us. For the lads who played in the group stages it’s something we want to continue to do well in.”
“We’re all up for this competition.” “It almost got forgotten about because our last game in Bordeaux seems such a while ago.” “But now it’s back and so is the excitement – we’re all looking forward to it.”
Those are good words from James, especially on how he views relegation, and we have to admit to having a bit of a soft spot for this player.
And while James sometimes struggles against the top sides in the Premier League, he has reinvigorated his career on Tyneside since Alan Pardew arrived, and while James may not be one of our best players, he’s a hard worker and always puts in an honest performance for the side – when he does play.
James already has 29 appearances this season, to go with the 28 appearances he made last season, and in total he’s played 72 times with one goal for the Magpies since joining us from Nottingham Forest in the summer of 2010 – for peanuts.
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