The players found out today what it was like playing in front of 47,427 fanes, which was about 5,000 fans below capacity and Jack Colback has said it’s a great place to play but that the players have to be strong characters if the protests are not to affect them.
Jack Colback – scoring this afternoon 19 seconds into the second half
Newcastle again did not play well today – particularly in defense and the first two Spurs goals were preventable and their third goal was scored in a breakaway in stoppage time, as Newcastle were pushing for the equalizer.
But Jack said all the right things in his interviews after the game – and his point is that the players at Newcastle have to be strong to be able to put up with it – and that’s always been true.
This is some of what Jack said after the game:
“You have to come out as a player and show what you can do. There is nothing I can say that will help the fans. As players we are the only ones who can change it. We have to win a game as quickly as possible.”
“We have had a settled side – a full strength side – for five or six games in the season and it was the period we did well. When you take out important players it is going to be difficult. But again, that’s an excuse.”
“We have to come out as players and show a bit more quality. We’ve got to fight and compete and make sure we give the fans something to cheer about.” “If we are not careful we will get dragged into it.”
“It is a dangerous moment, we would be naive to think that we are out of it just yet. I think one win would do it.” “We need to get it as soon as possible, and then get a few more. Then finish the season on a bit more of a positive note and kick on next season.”
“You can’t have any issues with the way the fans are. It is clearly frustrating for them.” “There is nothing I can say that will make them feel any better. The last thing they want to do is read comments by me but we have to appreciate and thanks the ones who did come.”
“It’s a great place to play but at the moment it is difficult. We have to be strong characters. It is a difficult industry when you aren’t winning games.” “Nobody is going to come out and give us a win or help us other than ourselves. As a player you have to be strong enough to deal with that.”
After 27 games we had 35 points following our win against Aston Villa, but six games later we are on the same points total and the lower teams have started to catch us, and we are now in 14th position and 7 points above the drop zone with 5 games to play.
After the Villa win we were 13 points above the drop zone.
We were 17 points above Leicester City and that’s been cut to 7, 13 points above Aston Villa and that’s been cut to 3, 13 points above Burnley and QPR and that’s been cut to 9 points, and 10 points above Sunderland and that’s been cut to 6, mainly because they beat us a few games back.
We think Jack is right that one win should see us safe, but of course the question is when will that come – and we wouldn’t bank on getting 3 points against Swansea next Saturday afternoon.
They have beaten us over the last two seasons in this fixture by a 2-1 scoreline, and the season before that it was a 0-0 draw so Swansea usually do well at St. James’ Park.
But we need to get that win asap as Jack rightly says.