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Newcastle Star Confident Of Result Tomorrow

8:17 am, Friday, October 2nd, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 3 Comments

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.

wijnaldum scores against chelsea

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.

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3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Lilongwe Geordie // Oct 2, 2015 at 8:23 AM

    I think there is definitely some mileage in that. People have extended their criticisms of Cabella and extended them onto Thauvin, without really giving him a chance. I’ve seen a few things that I’ve liked with Thauvin, he always looks to create, and he has out in some clever balls during the games that a sharp striker would have got onto.

    Mind you, Cabella had a few moments early on last season like that and never really built on them. Hopefully Thauvin will, but there is a lot of work to do. He looks to release the ball quicker than Cabella, and he is far more probing so far. Time will tell whether it was a waste of money, but he certainly isn’t the Prem ready wide attacker we needed.

  • 2 toon kk // Oct 2, 2015 at 8:37 AM

    Firebug from previous thread.
    you say our poor start is down to too many new signings, we were poor for a long time before they came and it will take several more before we see an improvement.

  • 3 Lilongwe Geordie // Oct 2, 2015 at 8:44 AM

    West Ham signed 9 new players, a new manager and coaching staff. They have played City, Arsenal and Liverpool away already and won all three. They also had a terrible second half of the season last year.

    Yes, players and managers need to be given time, but they also need to show signs of change and improvement. Something that fans can see to demonstrate what the club are building to.

    According to Mark Douglas yesterday, we have already scrapped McClaren’s initial plan of greater possession based football in favour of a more direct approach.

    How much time do you afford people? If we don’t pick up 20 points from the next 10 matches then we will be in serious trouble.

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