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Midfielder – We’ve Reacted Well To Two Bad Performances

7:49 am, Wednesday, December 16th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 6 Comments

Local lad Jack Colback has been interviewed in the local press today after two great wins against Liverpool and Tottenham and the possibility of getting three wins in a  row for the first time since a year last October when we had five successive league wins under former manager Alan Pardew.

It looks like an easy win on paper on Saturday but of course you never know with this Newcastle team.

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Jack Colback challenges Christian Eriksen on Sunday

Goals from young guns Ayoze Perez and Aleksandar Mitrovic gave us what was another great win on Sunday – this time on the road – and who knows maybe on Saturday with a sell-out crowd we can make it three wins in a row and 16 points from the last 9 games after getting only 3 points from our first 8 league games.

That would look like we are on our way this season.

After losing badly to both Leicester and Crystal Palace Jack was asked about what looks to have been an amazing turnaround:

“That’s football, really.” “You play against good teams, and Leicester are a good team. They’ve done that to other teams this season. We didn’t defend well against Palace, and got punished. They’re also a good team.”

“As a team we have to stick together. It’ll be interesting how much press we get this week.” “You’ve got to take the good with the bad. When you lose games in this league, you’re there to be shot at.”

“You’ve got take that on the chin and react, and I think that’s the biggest thing – we’ve shown a reaction.”

The two wins against Liverpool and Tottenham came after a disastrous performance at Crystal Palace and Alan Pardew’s new club – and it couldn’t have been much more embarrassing to go down 5-1 and make Pardew look like a genius.

The team rightly was roundly criticized for that pathetic performance and former players came out to criticize the players.

The great Alan Shearer was one of those – and Jack was then asked if that criticism was warranted (it was):

“It’s hard to say it’s unwarranted after a result like that.” “It’ll just be interesting to see how many ex-players and pundits give a comment this week about the performance.”

“When you lose, especially at Newcastle, everyone seems to jump on it. You’ve got to deal with as a player, and it’s about the reaction.”

“Certain players have earned the right to have their opinion. We’ve got to take that on the chin. That’s football. It’s a game of opinions.”

“We had a game plan last Sunday to stay compact,” “It was working until they got the ball.” “We just said at half time ‘stay in the game – at 1-0 we’re still in it’.”

“We got the equalizer, and then to get the winner was a great feeling.”

“The fans are great, and it was great to give a little back to them,” “We’ve maybe let them down a little so far this season, but it was a great result for us.”

“I think back-to-back wins at any stage is really important.”

Newcastle can show they are becoming more consistent and move up the league table by turning up for Saturday’s game against Aston Villa and getting all 3 points – but it will not be an easy game.

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6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 expatmag // Dec 16, 2015 at 8:00 AM

    Re the last thread, I dont think we will win hut I dont think we will lose either.

    1-1 draw for me as we always get let down.

  • 2 firebug666 // Dec 16, 2015 at 8:10 AM

    expat

    It’s always tough to call a Newcastle game these days as you just don’t know what the team will do next, against Spurs we were never in it in the first half, but started to grow into the second half an go on to win it.

    Villa will be tough as they are fighting for their survival, as are we, but if we sit back like we did at Spurs in that first half we could be in real trouble before half time.

    I’m expecting a positive start from us at home, getting them on the backfoot and keeping them there will be key for us, we have to stop them from playing and gaining confidence.

    I still think this is a 2-0 win for us but it will be tough going.

  • 3 Slank // Dec 16, 2015 at 8:13 AM

    Expatmag

    I love your logic to paraphrase ‘we won’t win and we won’t lose, it will be a draw’. Could it be anything else ? ?

    More seriously, should McClaren start with Mitrovic and Perez or use them as super subs as he did at Spurs ? My own view is that they should start giving them the time needed to batter Villa. Cisse and De Jong should be a last resort or if we are winning handsomely to steady the ship and see the game out.

  • 4 firebug666 // Dec 16, 2015 at 8:20 AM

    Slank

    I agree with you on Perez and Mitrovic, it’s a partnership that is starting to blossom with both players scoring last week.

    For me these have to be our starting pair, Cisse is past his sell by date, but SDJ still has a lot to offer especially leadership, it’s just a shame he couldn’t get on the pitch with the other two yet.

  • 5 clinath@ed // Dec 16, 2015 at 8:29 AM

    Is it too early to risk playing with 1 holding MF and play SDJ behind Mitro and Perez?

  • 6 firebug666 // Dec 16, 2015 at 8:37 AM

    clinath@ed

    I think that would depend on the holding midfielder mate, with what we have at the moment not a chance, we are not winning many midfield battles with two of them.




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