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.
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.