After the game yesterday we were in no way criticizing the performance of our lads in the Arsenal game – in that first half we were the better side, and the game could have gone either way – but of course if Newcastle had won it 1-0 things would have felt a lot different today – and a lot better.
Newcastle players on lap of honor yesterday
But the season was not decided on the last game, and it was the last six games, and the previous two home defeats that have put a damper on our season.
And so we ended up 5th bottom – and we just have to hope that the team can come back next season and play like we played last season – and challenge for a top six position – that must be the goal.
Steven Taylor seems determined to put things right next season, and he had this to say in the Evening Chronicle today:
“We can’t wait to ram the words down their throats.” “We will make St James’ Park a fortress again.” “And we’ll make sure we have teams on the back foot all the time.”
“Arsenal came here and were nervous. We’ll make sure that teams can’t play and are under pressure next season.” “We’ve had people trying to jump on the bandwagon and cause problems.”
“I have been here 10 years and seen it so many times.” “We sat and talked about it in the dressing room afterwards as a group.” “And we know that people will try to cause arguments or say whatever they have to say.’
“That performance against Arsenal shows that we are together.’ “Next season we can’t wait to get going again.” “It will be difficult pre-season and the gaffer has made that clear.”
“But after the summer we’ll be back and we’ll enjoy it and get back to business.” “It has been a hard season as a football club.” “As players we have to accept that.”
“Next season we can kick on.” “There’s no Europe.” “But we’ve got a small squad and hopefully we can add a few.” “Let’s see if we can get back to winning ways.”
“Injuries and suspensions haven’t helped or players playing out of position, but it was important to put on a display to send the fans home with some hope for next year.”
“The Liverpool game was in people’s memories so it was vital to put in a good performance.” “You can see that we played with some freedom because the pressure was off our shoulders.”
We still don’t know what happened in the Liverpool game – which was our worst home defeat since 1925 – and the performance was certainly one to match that.
But we have to look forward now, and the first thing this week is the meeting of the minds of Ashley, Llambias, Pardew and others, and then presumably what comes out of that meeting is our transfer targets for this summer.
Getting a couple of good players through the door early this summer, would help to lift the mood of Newcastle supporters – that’s for sure.
And if the news was to be believed, that was the plan before we collapsed against Sunderland and Liverpool, and got ourselves in relegation trouble – so it could still happen.
We really hope it does.
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