The Newcastle squad arrived back from Abu Dhabi on Thursday, and are preparing for our next game at Norwich City on Tuesday night, and if we can play as well as we did at West Ham in our last match, there’s a good possibility that we can win that game.
Tim Krul - making one of his great save at Tottenham
The lads did the same thing two years ago after they took a short break in Tenerife, and that seemed to pay off, since we had an excellent good run-in to the league and finished 5th top.
And this year we have exactly the same 36 points from 22 games that we had two years ago at this time.
Two years ago we got 29 points from our final 16 games of the season, and hopefully we can do as well this time around.
This is what goalkeeper Tim Krul has said today:
“Two years ago we went on a fantastic run after our break so hopefully we will go on another this time around. But you can’t think too much about what might be achievable.”
“You really can’t because every game is difficult. We will be going to Norwich next, then the derby with Sunderland is the weekend after, so it is hard to look too far ahead.” “Those are two massive games for us and will be difficult to say we will get six points or four. We just have to see and go out to try to win both.”
“It was very satisfying to bounce back from our defeat at Upton Park because that is a difficult place to go,” he said. “I don’t think we ever doubted ourselves during our poor run because we were still playing well, really well in some games. We didn’t get our rewards in those games, but we did at West Ham.”
“We have depth this year, people coming off the bench like Shola Ameobi, making a difference, and Hatem Ben Arfa giving us a spark. We have a fantastic squad but we can’t look too far ahead. We are right where we want to be at this stage and we want to build on that.”
The next two games are very winnable if we play close to our best form, and one thing is for sure, we cannot lose again to Sunderland – that would be the first time we have lost to Sunderland three times on the bounce since 1923 – 91 years ago.
And it’s not as if Sunderland have had a good side either - they finished 4th bottom of the league last season and are second bottom at the moment.
Six points are what we need from these next two games in the league.
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