We seem to have at least two problems we had last seasons under John Carver – one of them is discipline with the players having already been sent off and Jack Colback having picked up five yellow cards ion the first ten games – and also consistency which is one of our big problems this season.
It wasn’t as much of a problem under John Carver because we were hopeless most of the time – at least in the final three months of the seasons during which we somehow managed to lose eight games in a row.
Steve McClaren and Paul Simpson
We’ve been a bit better in our first 10 games this season with three draws and a win whereas the last 11 games last season we had only 4 points – and three of those were in the last game of the season at home to West Ham United.
Paul Simpson has given his interview with nufcTV for the upcoming game on Saturday against Stoke City, and he talked about what Newcastle have to do to get back on track and move up that league table.
This is some of what he said:
“We have said all along, if we get performances we will get results. We had the performance versus Sunderland and we have to keep sending the message that, we have to keep 11 players on the pitch, regardless if it is a mistake by an official.”
“We have got to keep our discipline. It is ridiculous, at the weekend we committed six fouls and took two yellows and a red. Sunderland committed 11 and didn’t get a card out of it.”
“So obviously something about us that is not quite right and we have to make sure we deal with it. We can’t keep blaming everybody else.” “We have got to get the discipline right but keep the level of performance, the level of performance we have seen glimpses of.”
We have shown some really good passages of attacking play and some really good passages of defending.” “We just have to keep doing it. We have seen some real signs of progress and we hope the supporters have too.”
So bottom line – Newcastle have to take responsibility for their own results and the performances.
Let’s hope we can get a good performance from the team and a win against Stoke.
That will go a long way of raising the confidence of our players and the fans too.