James Perch has been interviewed in the Daily Mail, and he thinks Newcastle have a good enough team to avoid relegation – now where have we heard that before?
James Perch – in action against West Brom on Saturday
Newcastle are now on 37 points and 5th bottom with four games to go, and we are 6 points above Wigan who are in 3rd bottom place, but the Latics have a game in hand.
This is what James Perch had to say about our position:
“If we keep playing like that we will be fine.” “We have got a good enough team, we have got good enough players in the squad to make sure we don’t go down.”
“It is looking like it is going to be a low-points survival this year, but we still want to hit that 40-point mark to be sure.” “We just hope we keep playing well and picking up points away from home, and make sure our home form is a bit better.”
“They put us under a lot of pressure but we defended well and a lot of credit has to go to Rob Elliot. “In the first half we had a couple of chances. Papiss had the one-on-one which, he knows himself, he probably should have scored.”
“At 2-0 it would have been a different second half.” “We played well first half, we edged it, but they had the second half so I think a draw is a fair result.”
“If nothing else we had to show the fight and desire we were lacking against Sunderland.” “That is the bare minimum of any game – work rate and desire to win the game.”
‘We lacked that against Sunderland and we knew we had to put it right.”
Good words there from James Perch.
Basically Newcastle played very well in the first half on Saturday, where we dominated the play, but we should have been two or three goals up at the half, and as James says, it would have been a different second half if that had been the case.
And it means we still have only one win in our 17 league games on the road – which is really just pathetic.
But we cannot say this Premier League season has been anything but extremely disappointing.
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