If Newcastle Players Don´t Toughen Up – It´s Bad News

What has been apparent as much as anything this season is our players are not mentally tough – when we conceded a goal there´s not a reaction and it´s almost like it was in the relegation season when once we went down too many players assumed we would lose the game and we lost a lot of games that season (18).

Our squad was a decent squad in 2008-2009 and at the time the wage bill at Newcastle was the 6th highest in the Premier League but we still went down and we were struggling with relegation almost from the start of the season.

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Aleksandar Mitrovic scoring his first goal on Saturday

We got 4 points from the first two games,  but then we lost five games in a row in all competitions (four in the league) after Kevin Keegan left the club in early September.

After 8 league games we had one win and three draws for 6 points – which is three points more than we have at the moment – but we do have some good players in the squad this season.

It´s also good to put the pressure on players now to show some guts and fight when things are not going well too many of our players hang their heads – and that’s what happened on Saturday at the Etihad.

Steve McClaren was asked if he had enough fighters in the side:

“Very well put. In the last 12 to 18 months that has been the problem at this football club.” “We’re here to turn that around and we’re going to do whatever it takes to turn that around, and you’re absolutely right – that is a difficult job. That is a tough job to do.”

“But we’ll do it. We’re determined to do it and get back to work on Monday.” “As you say, this is not just happening now. This has been happening for 18 months. We have to turn it around.”

“They’re going to have to start getting the right mentality, otherwise we’re in the fight for the rest of the season.” “We’ve just got to have some consistency and we have to deal with setbacks a little bit better than presently.

“As you say it’s something in the history and we knew it would be hard to turn around.”

With Mitrovic and Perez looking good up front that should take some pressure off the team as we become a threat up front.

That was missing while Aleksandar was out for his three match ban – so we do expect the lads to start putting up some good results on the board.

We hope the lads  start putting up some good results on the board.

But the reality is that if our players keep giving up this could be another terrible season for Newcastle and then we´ll have to depend on some good new players coming into
Newcastle during the January transfer window.

But we expect our lads to start fighting in the upcoming games.

October
Sun 18	16:00	H	Norwich City			
Sun 25	12:00	A	Sunderland			
Sat 31	15:00	H	Stoke City				
November
Sat 07	12:45	A	Bournemouth				
Sat 21	15:00	H	Leicester City				
Sat 28	15:00	A	Crystal Palace				
December
Sat 05	15:00	H	Liverpool				
Sat 12	15:00	A	Tottenham				
Sat 19	15:00	H	Aston Villa				
Sat 26	15:00	H	Everton	 			
Mon 28	15:00	A	WBA	 

What do you think?

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