It´s been said that Newcastle don’t have enough leadership on the field or in the dressing room and an interview with Tim Krul today has revealed that seems to be the case, with not many players wanting to speak up in the dressing room.
That’s not good when Newcastle play very poorly like we did last Wednesday night and the players are quiet at half time – that´s certainly not leadership.
Tim Krul on Saturday – had another good game
Tim has said that the coaches pulled no punches in their comments to the players last week, and the Dutch International thinks those comments needed to be made.
When asked to explain the difference between the performance on Wednesday and the performance on Saturday against Chelsea this is what Tim said:
“Yeah it’s such a contrast. No, I can’t explain it – I wish I could.” “Some strong words were said after Wednesday and we had meetings about it.”
“It wasn’t good enough, it was far below – we know that.” “We showed a reaction and that’s the reaction we should have shown two to three weeks ago.”
“But at least we’re showing something and that’s something to build on.” “It’s a shame it wasn’t three points, but I think with the first-half performance it was very good.”
“I think the coaches said the words which needed to be spoken.” “We need more people speaking in the dressing room – unfortunately that’s not the style of some of the players but it needs to happen.”
“We need to take more responsibility and we did that today.”
Newcastle have to turn up in every game and after the game at the Etihad next Saturday we have the two-week International break.
But then we have games against Norwich, Sunderland, Stoke and Bournemouth and we just have to pick up some wins in those games if we are to move up the league table from the 19th position we are in at the moment.