Even though the results since we were eliminated by Benfica from the Europa League have been simply terrible, 5 points from 7 games, it doesn’t seem that the team spirit at the club has been impacted too much – despite some newspaper reports to the contrary.
Yoan Gouffran – after scoring against West Brom
But after the season is over, Newcastle must look into what happened in general and one game in particular – the 6-0 thrashing by Liverpool at St. James’ Park – where we looked like a schoolboy side, and we wonder what the team were doing the week before in preparing for that game?
If we do take the drop that’s the game that could send us down – not because we lost it – but because our goal difference got hammered.
With a shortage of strikers right now, French forward Yoan Gouffran is one of the main players we look to for goals, with Shola Ameobi in his usual situation of not being available through injury. 🙁
This is what Yoan said today:
“There are no problems as far as I’m concerned,” “We’ve all settled in well, the players and the backroom staff regularly come up to us to ask us what we need, and they’ve really made us feel welcome.”
“It’s been really difficult, there was a feeling of sadness in losing the derby among the players for the fans, and we were ashamed about the way we lost to Liverpool.”
“We gave a bad image to the fans and to the rest of the country against Liverpool. But we spoke afterwards in the dressing room and said, ‘That can’t happen again’.”
“We understand the situation we’re in, the manager’s talked to us about it at length.” “We knew it’d be difficult when we arrived in January but we didn’t expect to be in this position.”
“All we can do is go and beat QPR on Sunday, and try and beat Arsenal in the final game and start next season in a positive manner.”
“We’re not nervous, absolutely not. We’re trying to stay calm and concentrate on Sunday’s match. We’ll go into it and treat it like a cup final.”
“We’ll be better next year in the Premier League, we’ll know how to approach games and avoid silly mistakes, and possibly without Europe, we’ll be a bit fresher.”
“We know it will be a difficult match because they’ll want to end the season on a high on their own ground.” “But we want to come away with three points.”
Those are good words from Yoan, but it remains to be seen if Newcastle can turn things around at Loftus Road this afternoon, and anything but a defeat would be a decent result, with all 3 points meaning we have avoided relegation.
A win would be only the second time Newcastle have picked up all three points on the road, in what has become a disastrous season for Newcastle – and we are mimicking four years ago.
In 2009 in our last nine games we picked up only 5 points, and in the last seven games we have a measly five points and two defeats in our last two games could see us relegated again if Wigan, the FA Cup winners yesterday against money bags Manchester City, can get one win int heir last two games.
Let’s hope we can get 3 points today and end the nightmare, but we cannot see who’s going to get the goals for us to win the game.
But hope springs eternal.
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