Newcastle fans have been frustrated over the last two games at home to Stoke City and at Crystal Palace, when we went ahead in each of the games, but couldn’t hold onto the lead and conceded an equalizer fairly late in each game.
Daryl Janmaat – meeting Alan Pardew again
But it seems the players are supporting John Carver, the interim head coach, and certainly our defense has looked more solid of late.
Daryl Janmaat was our Man of the Match on Wednesday night after he brilliantly set up Papiss Cisse’s goal in the 42nd minute and then made a crucial block in the second half of a Wilfried Zaha shot in the penalty area to preserve a point.
This is what the 25 year-old Dutchman has said today about Carver:
“John is doing a good job. He is making everyone sharp and we like him as a coach. For him as a trainer it is nice for him to get the results that he has in the last few matches. We all needed that lift.”
“He was around for the Manchester City game in the cup, he will remember how we did it. The players will too, so we know that we can go and get a result there no matter how they are playing and how good they are.”
“We have shown we can lose to any team in the Premier League, but we have shown we can also defeat any Premier League team this year. It is a very strange year so anything can happen. We just have to go there and try to return with a win to try to get us in the top ten.”
“We want that top ten finish. We can get points from even the big games so we know we can do it, I want that and so do the team. We have done well in the last few games under John and it’s been nice to end that sequence of poor results we had against some difficult teams.”
“It was a difficult game on Wednesday especially in the second half,” “We were under pressure and I think we can be happy with a draw in the end, even if would have wanted more before kick-off.”
“I know we have let the lead go for two games in a row, but this time I am happier with a point than on Sunday. At Palace we were under pressure in the second half and, if I am honest, then I can live with a draw.
“We want to attack more, but the opposition were at home on Wednesday and it is a lot easier when you are the home team with the crowd behind you to push on.”
“They pressed us back and in the end I think we came away thinking that we defended well to get a point.”
Newcastle are currently 11th in the Premier League but a win in either of the last two games would have us in 9th place above Stoke and Swansea.
John seems to think it’s good not be beaten, but wins are what we need to get those points on the board.
If we had won one and lost one of the last two games we would have collected three points, one point more than we have actually done – even though we were unbeaten.
Daryl Janmaat was our best attacker and best defender on Wednesday night, and while that’s great for the Dutchman, it doesn’t say much for many of our other players.
But on the positive side we have looked more solid and passed the ball around quite well in the last two games, but we haven’t been threatening enough up front.
What do you think?
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