Dutch international Gini Wijnaldum is still getting used to English football but seems confident that Newcastle can get a result tomorrow at the Etihad Stadium where we have never won a league game so perhaps tomorrow is a good time to do that.
The Newcastle players have taken some stick already this season after losing four games in a row and losing at home to both Watford and Sheffield Wednesday before turning up last Saturday with an excellent display against reigning Premier League Champions Chelsea when we got a 2-2 draw.
Gini Wijnaldum scores against Chelsea
But that result was still a disappointment at the end of the game after we had held a 2-0 lead with 12 minutes to go in the game.
Gini was Dutch Player of the Season last season and he scored his second goal of the season for us against Chelsea – and it was another header.
He seems a confident lad and has this to say to the Chronicle today:
“I always stay confident, all the way through the season. You must give everything in every game, then you see where you are in the table later.”
“No matter what team you play for, if you don’t win the games you should be winning, like Watford and Sheffield Wednesday, people complain.”
“As a footballer you must deal with it. That’s what I do. I always have confidence and hope that better days are ahead.”
“Until that time I do my best on the field and try to get good results and try to stay positive.” “Every game in the Premier League is tough.”
“Even when you play teams that aren’t in the first 10. That’s football here. So you can lose any game, but win any game – including City.”
“You always have a big chance to win, even against the big teams.” “It is good for us mentally. We’ve played good opponents.”
“Of course we’d have even more confidence if we’d won this game but the fact we didn’t lose it helps us too.”
“Mentally we have confidence now we can get the points against good teams.”
Newcastle must start picking up some points soon and that really means we need some wins before Christmas if we are to start climbing away from the bottom of the league table.
It’s a tough game at the Etihad, but we can get something out of that game if we play with confidence and attack the opposition now we have Aleksandar Mitrovic back.
We’d be happy with a draw tomorrow, but a win would be great.
The majority of Newcastle fans expect us to lose this game.