Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul has been playing well of late, and if he didn’t make a world-class saves in each of our last two games we could have lost against both Stoke and Crystal Palace.
Fraizer Campbell equalizes last Wednesday night
Of course we could also have won both games, and should have won against Stoke, but we gave away an equalizing goal at the death.
John Carver is trying to get to grips with the Newcastle head coach job, and he seems to be very willing to do what it takes to get the job on a full time basis in the summer.
But John needs to start winning more games, and sooner rather than later, since in the seven games he’s been in charge we have just one win – a good 3-0 win at Hull where we scored some great goals.
This is what Tim told the Shields Gazette about the interim head coach:
“We very much believe in what John and Stoney do, and we showed that on the pitch,” “We’re three games unbeaten, and we should have won last weekend against Stoke. We gave it away.”
“We could have won against Palace, and we could have had nine points and three clean sheets (but we didn’t). We have to look at the positives.”
“I think there are a few out there maybe giving John a hard time, but we could have had nine points.” “John’s trying to do some different things, so it’s takes a bit of time.”
“But I truly believe we’re on the right track.” “We could have won, but I think we should be happy with a point.” “We didn’t really dominate too much.” “With every goal, you think about what you should have done better.”
“But sometimes you have to applaud the quality of the cross.” “It was an amazing cross. We have to sometimes say ‘great goal’.”
“The Etihad is a hard place,” “They have a fantastic team. We’ll go there with no pressure on us.
“If they play well, it’s going to be a hard game, as they’ve got great players. But we’ve beaten them once there already this season.”
Tim is trying to put a positive spin on the situation at Newcastle and we don’t blame the Dutchman for that.
And it seems the players at the moment are a lot more confident than the fans are – since it looks like we will struggle to make the top ten this season, and we’ve only done that twice since Ashley has been owner of the club – not a great record by any means.
It’s eerily similar to our position last year at this time, but after 25 games played we had 37 points last season, 5 points more than we have at the moment.
And we were in 8th place above Southampton and Stoke who finally finished above us in the league table.
In fact after 25 games played Stoke were a full 11 points behind us, but overtook us on the last day of the season. 🙁
We are currently in 11th place and John Carver and the players will now have a full week’s training to prepare for the game at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday, in the late kick-off game – 5:30 pm.
It’s going to be very difficult to get anything out of this game on Saturday, unless Newcastle can play a lot better than we’ve done in the last couple of games.
But we live in hope – as usual.
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