One of our most consistent players this season has been our new center-back Chancel Mbemba and the 21 year-=old put in another solid display on Saturday and with Coloccini also having a good game we recorded our second clean sheet of the season against Stoke City ion the 0-0 – and we have what is probably our best back four in action – Janmaat, Mbemba, Coloccini and Paul Dummett.
However, the result was still a disappointment because we should have won the game and had something six excellent chances to score but couldn’t put one of those away and yes – Jack Butland in the Stoke goal had a great game – but we still should have scored at least once to get all 3 points.
Chancel Mbemba – had another good game on Saturday
Next up is Bournemouth on Saturday and they are just one point ahead of Newcastle so if we can win we will at least get out of the bottom three but to win we have to score at least one goal and that’s something we haven’t been able to do in six of our eleven league games this season.
Mbemba spoke on the Newcastle web-site yesterday talking about the clean sheet:
“It’s good for us as defenders but good for the whole team as well.” “Keeping a clean sheet gives everyone confidence that we’re not going to concede goals too easily anymore.”
“We need to take this forward now and try to keep more because if we do that then we are going to pick up points.” “Drawing against Stoke was tough. We have to accept the result as it is but we are not happy with it, obviously.”
“We put in a great performance out there and made a lot of chances but just couldn’t put any of them away, and that’s what we need to work on.” “We definitely deserved to win the game, not draw.”
“All the luck was on Butland’s side. He performed magnificently and kept out every chance we created.“We definitely deserved to win the game, not draw.” “We tried hard and kept coming at him but he saved everything.”
“We did the best we could against him.”
Last week at Sunderland it was the referee who got all the headlines after the game and was the main reason we didn’t win and now Jack Butland is getting great press for his outstanding display on Saturday and was the main reason we didn’t win.
What our players should do on Saturday is make sure the headlines after the game are all about them – because we actually win a game – and that would be only the second win in 12 league games this season.
Another way of saying that is we shouldn’t have any reasons after the game at Bournemouth because we didn’t win – that’s because we need to win it – it’s as simple as that.
Bottom line – we need the 3 points – however we can get them.
We need to stop this – “well we played very well but ……”