It is very difficult for Newcastle fans at the moment – extremely difficult — because it seems like we are all weary with fighting relegation last season and losing so many games this year already – it´s been a terrible 2015 so far with just over three months to go.
To recap briefly – to keep the level of pain under control – in 25 league game this year we have won 3, lost 16 and drawn 6 and in 3 cup games we have lost 2 of them.
So in total we have played 28 games, lost 18, drawn 6 and won 4.
That is not a good record.
Steve McClaren – going through hell and high water right now
And that? why there is battle fatigue with Newcastle fans and one thing we should point out – just less than 34,000 turned up for the game on Wednesday night – which was phenomenal.
Newcastle must get back to playing how we have played already this season against Southampton, Manchester United and Arsenal and especially in those last two games – we were resilient – something we haven´t been for a long time.
So it? not like the lads cannot do it – and it was also true last season when in the last game our players were little short of magnificent in such an important game.
Remember with just five minutes to go we were still in danger of possibly being relegated – until Jonas scored.
In particular, Vurnon Anita and Jonas Gutierrez were great and particularly the Argentine who had the game of his career in his final game for Newcastle United.
Jonas was a hero that day if ever there was one.
We need all out players to stand up and be counted – and if nothing else against Chelsea this Saturday show the courage, passion and determination they have already shown a number of times this season.
If they do that then who knows they may even find some of those skills they possess.
Newcastle´s team is far too good to be where we are right now in the league – but that´s here we are – and that´s where we have to fight from to get up that league table.
The next two games against Chelsea and Manchester City will be very difficult.
But it must all start with our players deciding they will give everything for the shirt.
In the past things can be turned around if the players can do that – and if they do that great support from the Newcastle fans will be there.
But it takes courage, determination and guts coming from our players.
Keep the faith – even though it seems almost impossible at times – given our very poor start to the season.
I was watching the Pope Francis (what an inspiration) on TV today in Washington – and he seemed happy enough even though San Lorenzo have lost two of their last three games.
As we said – let´s try to keep the faith – it´s much better for our players than any of the alternatives we have seen.