Former Newcastle midfielder Rob Lee seems positive in his column in the Chronicle today, and he sees things turning around at Newcastle after the decent display on Sunday, when Steve McClaren had Newcastle playing some good stuff, although our defense still looked like the weak link in the side.
Rob Lee – optimism seeping back
Rob is upbeat in his column today, and thinks that some optimism seems to be seeping back among the supporters – who applauded the side off the pitch at the end of the game, after a very decent performance on Sunday against a good side in Southampton.
This is some of what Rob has written today:
¨It was great to see Newcastle go into Sunday’s game with a positive approach, and the fans seemed to respond. It’s been doom and gloom up there for too long.¨
¨But at the weekend the supporters seemed to pick up where they left off at the end of last season, against West Ham United, and optimism appears to be seeping back.¨
¨That new sense of positivity will be tested to the full on Saturday, though. Swansea City showed what a tough proposition they are at Chelsea, and are even better at home.¨
¨They’re organised, and pass the ball very well. Newcastle won’t see a lot of the ball, but that could play into their hands.¨
¨United suddenly look like a side who can break quickly, with Moussa Sissoko, Georginio Wijnaldum and Gabriel Obertan.¨
¨If they’re on song they’ll be a threat. Swansea are good but they’re not invincible. Let’s see how they cope with real pace.¨
Some optimism is coming back although fans are still cautious and with good reason – but hey – it was a very decent start on Sunday.
Newcastle have a very tough start to the season and we will do well to get anything form the game at Swansea, but then we have to travel to Manchester United and then entertain Arsenal at home.
Here’s the schedule over the first eight games:
August Sun 09 13:30 H Southampton D 2-2 Sat 15 15:00 A Swansea City Sat 22 12:45 A Man United Sat 29 12:45 H Arsenal September Mon 14 20:00 A West Ham Sat 19 15:00 H Watford Sat 26 17:30 H Chelsea October Sat 03 15:00 A Man City
That’s a really tough schedule before the two week International break at the end of the month.