Dutchman Daryl Janmaat seems to echo the new togetherness at Newcastle, even though he had a double whammy over the last few weeks at International level.
First of all he was surprisingly left out of the Dutch squad for the two Euro 2016 qualifying games against Iceland and Turkey, and then the Netherlands surprisingly lost both of those games and are now in 4th place in their group with just two games to play.
It will now be very difficult for the Netherlands to qualify for the finals next summer in France, and if they don’t qualify it will be a huge shock.
Daryl Janmaat – we are one team – players and fans
Steve McClaren wanted everybody associated with Newcastle to start pulling in the same direction when he was installed as the head coach in June, and certainly the team has received great support from the fans both at home and away.
It follows last season when things were not great at the club, we had fan demonstrations during the games against manager Alan Pardew starting last September, and then against owner Mike Ashley.
And we had the 19 game reign of John Carver this year, which was – let’s face it – a compete and utter disaster for the club.
This is what the 26 year-old Dutch International has said today:
“It’s not just about the Dutch players, it’s about all of us.” “Of course for me it’s good that there are a lot of Dutchies at Newcastle these days, it’s nice.”
“But we want to build on what we have achieved so far.” “It’s about going forward as one now.”
“Everybody is one team at the moment, the fans and the players.” “But we have to keep this up.”
“Everywhere we go we try to take a result.” “They are all tough games.”
We have not done well in the league this year, and in the last 15 league games played we have just the one win at home to West Ham, and three draws.
That’s 6 points from the 45 points available, and over a full 38 game season that would get us just 15 points and certain relegation.
So we must start getting some points on the board this season, and tonight at West Ham is a very good place to start.