The Newcastle players showed signs that they are all willing to fight for the cause in the game against West Brom, and with two games to go, it looks like one more win could see us safe, after one of the most catastrophic second halves of the season for a long long time – and there have been many serious mistakes made by the club.
Moussa Sissoko in action against West Brom
But first things first – and there is now a real chance that if Newcastle can play like this in the final two games, and we can get Papiss Cisse, Rolando Aarons and maybe even Siem de Jong back playing for us – we have a real chance of saving our PL status.
And in the second half today, with a little bit of luck, we could have possibly got the winner, which would have made us a bit more safe than we are at the moment.
However, West Brom did hit the woodwork twice in the game, so we’ll take the draw and hope the end of the eight game losing streak gives our lads some confidence, which has been sorely lacking these last couple of months.
It’s always surprising just how big a role confidence plays in football.
Moussa Sissoko had a decent game today, and he gave good interview after the game on the Newcastle web-site:
“When you have eight defeats in a row, you have to stop it, so for me, it was a good point,” “We played well – we showed some character and did some very good things”
“West Brom had maybe two chances apart from their goal – that is it. We had the possession, a lot of crosses and a lot of corners but we just couldn’t get the second goal we deserved.”
“We tried to do the best we could and we were unlucky because we had a lot of chances to win the game, but weren’t able to.” “One point is better than nothing, though, and if we want to stay in the Premier League we have to keep playing like this.”
“The team worked together. We were a proper team and everything we did was better than the previous eight games.” “We had meetings in the week, to say something for the final three games. Our performance shows that the meetings were a good thing.”
“We also stayed in a hotel before the game. That was good for us as it meant we could spend time together, speak about tactics and be completely focused.” “Recently we have been so poor in games but this was the opposite, so now we have to continue it and try to win the next game at QPR.”
It seems that John Carver turned things around in his preparation over this last week, and maybe the same kinds of things can be done in the coming week – like team meetings to increase the team spirit over the last couple of games.
It will be massive if we can stay up after all the many mistakes and bad luck we have endured this year.
The big payoff could be if we can win at QPR next Saturday, there’s a good chance we can be safe next Saturday night.
Given all that’s happened this season – most of it bad – that could be the spur for our players to go all out and show some real guts and skill at Loftus Road next Saturday, and give the fans the win we need.
A let down after today’s good performance is not acceptable – if we want to stay up.
Howay The Lads!!