Newcastle Say Team Spirit Is Good – We’ll Fight For The Fans

There have been various reports this week that there is disharmony in the Newcastle dressing room and we had hoped that was not true, because that could be a killer for us in the relegation battle.

papiss cisse scores fulham 1-0

This is what we need from Papiss on Saturday – the winner late against Fulham

And Newcastle have come back and Managing Director Derek Llambias has talked to the press and said it’s simply not true:.

“The club is determined to turn things around, and everyone is working together to secure that goal.” “It is not helpful when people try and distract the team and the manager with false rumors.”

Newcastle are pointing the Daily Telegraph and have banned them from St. James Park until they apologize – that’s interesting – and the journalist must have been Luke Edwards, the former local writer at the Newcastle Journal.

We would not be at all surprised if those reports were put out simply to try to make things worse for Newcastle – and as we said we really hope they are not true – but we need to see evidence of that with an all out 100% effort and display at Upton Park on Saturday – otherwise things could get even worse.

Newcastle’s lead striker Papiss Cisse has also back up Derek when he said this:

“Every player is together. We are totally focused on Saturday’s game at West Ham and the two games after that. We have a strong bond and we want the best for our club, our manager and our wonderful fans,”

“We are not happy about recent results. Nobody is happy when they lose, but this has only made us stronger as a group and we will come through this together. There is no divide in the team.”

And Cheick Tiote, who has looked only half the player he was last season also had this to say:

“We want to let the fans know that all of the players are committed and we are in this together.” “We will fight to get out of this problem and we know our fans will help us to do that. They are incredible.”

We heard the same kinds of comments four years ago – and our advice to the players would be do the talking on the field.

A win on Saturday could very quickly get us out of the death spiral – and that would be great – it would be tremendous – but somehow we cannot see Newcastle winning and in our poll only 31% think we can win on Saturday.

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2 comments so far

  • t00ntime

    May 2, 2013 at 1:06 AM

    Comment #1

    I’m hoping this has made AP want to go for it and prove there is nothing wrong. I think the players will.
    Not my favorite line up but I wouldn’t mind AP fielding:


    If Marv is fit enough for bench you can bring him on at HT for more attacking threat if needed.

    elliot- no other real option.(Harper isnt good enough imo)

    Simmo- I like him more than Anita/Perch at RB. Definitely after his EL performances.

    Colo- If fit he is 100% our best CB

    Staylor- Him and Mbiwa have both been quite bad recently but AP will opt with Staylor imo for his passion+He knows what it means to go down and why we need to avoid it.

    Haidara- Only option again.

    Tiote- This is a tougher one but imo we need at least 1 strong and defensive minded CDM, seen so so many attacking players are fielded. He will help the back 4 when sissoko is attacking. Anita is to weak for me and I feel it would be better to put perch on when we are ahead and Tiote is on a yellow. Imo Tiote hasn’t been great but he hasnt been as bad as people say. (I would tell Tiote to stay back ALL THE TIME. He adds nothing offensively so why waste his energy?)

    Sissoko- He has had 1/2 good games as CAM but. its quite obvious he isnt good there. As a CDM he can play as the box to box midfielder using strength and a bit of pace to get forward as Tiote defends and also be able to help out defensively when we are under the cosh.

    HBA- Even when not fit. one of our best players and certainly the most creative offensive player. Just the sight of him on the field gets the fans excited and seems to get the players going (Benfica game). He may need to come off in the latter stages but hopefully by then we have our lead and can bring perch on (hopefully by more than 1 goal)

    Cabaye- Hasn’t been the best lately, but he plays to far back to influence the game imo. His eye, and passing ability on his day are great and along with hba creativity wise if we are to survive he will be vital.

    Gouff- Better than jonas offensively and hopefully with tiote and 2 not too attacking full backs. our wingers will not have to think about defending too much. He isnt as Quick as obertan but has a bit of ball skills can shoot and can pass so our best winger left (HBA right. and marv injured/unfit)

    Cisse- having some trouble scoring and imo thats cause there is no one pushing him. Once Ba left Cisse is an automatic choice. Shola is nowhere near as good. We need a striker in the summer to push cisse if not replace him (aub/remy/bony etc) Any way back to the point even during his drought he has 5 in 9 games. 6in9 if you include the ‘offside’ goal vs mackems. He is doing better with the offsides and I think he can score the goals needed.

    Thats my AP team. What do you think?

  • Sav

    May 2, 2013 at 3:51 AM

    Comment #2

    I honestly don’t care who we field – just as long as they fight for the shirt. I don’t have high hopes and if it were down to me, I wouldn’t be picking so many forward players and playing this one for a point or nicking 3 if we were lucky. A good performance in preparation for the big match at QPR might be the best we can hope for.


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