It was great to have Tim Krul back in goal at Chelsea on Saturday and he seemed to give the defense confidence because of his vast experience, and we played great in that first half, but still lost the game, and since Alan Pardew left we have one draw and two defeats in the three games we’ve played.
Tim Krul – we have a lot to play for
And Tim has today said there is still a lot to play for, even though Newcastle are again out of the two local Cups and it’s only mid-January. 🙁
This is what the 7 times capped Dutch International has said today:
“I’d strongly disagree with anyone who was saying there’s not much to play for now.” “The Premier League is so tight that if we go on one of those runs like we went on in November, we can be right up there with the top teams in no time.”
“We have to believe that, and the way we played in the first half at Chelsea was just about the best we’ve seen. I was really impressed with Remy Cabella Jack Colback and Vurnon Anita in midfield. I’m really excited for the games to come.”
“Gabriel Obertan is running on the pitch and Siem de Jong is getting closer too. If we can get those players back, it’ll make a difference.”
“Obviously, you shouldn’t put the expectations too high, but we’ve got players to come in who can improve us. It’s not nice to be out of the cup, but we’ve got 17 games to go in the Premier League and we have to focus on them now.”
“Siem can bring a bit of quality in the final third. He’s a great finisher, and especially when he plays just behind the striker, he’s amazing, really smart. He just takes up the right positions.”
“He’s a little bit like Cesc Fabregas in that respect, he can get on the ball and make things happen. He’s also got goals in him, and we need that.”
“If you create four or five chances like we did in the first half at Chelsea, you have to be sticking at least one of them away.”
That first half at Chelsea was the way we want to see Newcastle play – we closed down the Chelsea players when they had the ball, and we counter-attacked them at every opportunity, and it could have been the best 45 minutes we’ve played so far this season.
Certainly we had Jose Mourinho worried, but one reason we didn’t score is we are still short of a striker, and also Papiss Cisse wasn’t playing, because he’s at the African Cup of Nations and whether we will bring in a striker this month is doubtful at best.
Tim’s right of course there is still much to play for, and we have to collect just as many points as we can and every place in the Premier League is worth around £2M on the new TV deal – so there’s a lot to play for – but only in the Premier League.
Newcastle are in limbo at the moment with no head coach since Alan Pardew officially left at the beginning of the month, and Lee Charnley and company have to end that at some point – either by announcing John Carver is the coach through the end of the season, or appointing a new head coach.
That will end the players’ uncertainty.
We also have to start picking up some points, and we must take something out of the game on Saturday at home to Southampton – but that will not be easy.
What do you think?
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