Newcastle Fans Confident About Saturday?

Davide Santon has been interviewed in the local papers today and he talks about the very tough game coming up on Saturday against Liverpool,  who hammered us 6-0 in the corresponding fixture last April when our defense looked – well it looked completely hopeless, much like it did this season at Manchester City and Everton. 🙁

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David Santon –

Davide didn’t play in that game which followed the 3-0 home drubbing against arch rivals Sunderland, and this is what the Italian International had to say today about the upcoming game:

“That result stays inside of you for a long time.” “It was a difficult period for us. We were in a difficult position in the league and we needed a win.”

“But we lost 6-0 at home. It was really difficult, especially for our mentality.” “It’s finished now. We have to think about this season.”

“We can compete with every team. We’re not scared about anything.” “If we can compete like we did against Cardiff in our last game then we have a chance.”

“We have to make sure we give 100%. Every game is a tough game. We’ll see what happens. In the Premier League, you never know.”

“We have to think about the next three games – Liverpool at home, Sunderland away and afterwards it’s Chelsea.”

And before the Chelsea game we have to play Manchester City at St. James’ Park in the 4th round of the Capital One Cup on Wednesday, October 30th,  a competition we could do well in if we play a good side.

The Newcastle side plus subs who played in that Liverpool game is as follows:

Rob Elliot; Mathieu Debuchy, Steven Taylor, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Massadio Haidara; James Perch (Hatem Ben Arfa 46), Cheick Tiote (Vurnon Anita 65), Yohan Cabaye (c); Moussa Sissoko, Papiss Cisse, Jonas Gutierrez (Yoan Gouffran 46)
Subs not used: Steve Harper, Mike Williamson, Dan Gosling, Shola Ameobi

The back five should see Tim Krul, Davide Santon and Mike Williamson in for Saturday, and not one of them played in that horrific performance in April, and either Steven Taylor or Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa will play in central defense.

But we still have worries about the game, and 58% of our readers thinking we will lose the game on Saturday.

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6 comments so far

  • Spoof

    Oct 17, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #1

    Confident, no, hopeful, yes.

  • Assam Toon

    Oct 17, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #2

    I dont care if we lose or win, we will lose probably anyway. but for me it will be more about how we play. if we keep rattling the goal post all night long, firing bullet shots from distance and headers from dead balls, fight fire with fire and end up losing to a suarez beauty, i dont mind. a lot of damage can be done to the ego of an in form team even in a losing match…i hope the actual newcastle side show up.

  • kimbo

    Oct 17, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #3

    58% think we will lose, that is how low we have sunk!!!!!!!
    Ashley please give us something to be proud of or do the decent thing and sell the club, if not all we can do is stop renewing season tickets or buy tickets for the games.

  • remember69

    Oct 17, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #4

    I think the next series of games will be a good indicator of the true shape of the team, and whether we can compete against the top sides.
    The best we can do to help the team is to provide rock-solid support throughout.

  • Sav

    Oct 17, 2013 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #5

    All depends if Hatem turns up. He can make it an uncomfortable afternoon for Enrique and Rodgers. Hard lines on Gouffran. Anything can happen in this one, a punter’s graveyard.

  • lesh

    Oct 17, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #6

    The five sentences attributed to Santon suggest to me that he’s trying to sound upbeat and confident about Liverpool onwards but beneath it all, there’s no confidence at all in the camp.

    There’s something sadly wrong and whist there may be words of belief, it just doesn’t sound as though there’s any there.

    Ok, its easy to point the finger at Pardew as being the one responsible for getting and keeping morale up, but let’s at least recognise that he too will be victim of the clouds, of the lack of direction, the lack of ambition at the club.

    Let’s look upstairs at those responsible for managing a heavily flawed and blindly planned strategy aimed at delivering financial self-sufficiency without anticipating the impact on the coaches and players. That really is very bad strategic and financial management.

    If Ashley doesn’t understand the business of football, then he needs to recognise that and employ a Director of Football who understands the business as it is in 2013 and be involved in planning for long-term success.

    If he has much faith and confidence in Kinnear, then he should give him a senior management or directorate role in Sports Direct? I wonder whether SD’s shareholders would be happy with such an appointment and if they’re not??

    The causes of Newcastle United’s problems rest firmly with Ashley and Kinnear – not 100% with Pardew as some seem to think.


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