In the last three games we have taken a paltry point in what were three winnable games for us.
After the games when listening to the manager and some of the players being interviewed, it seemed like we were the unluckiest team on the planet – we were robbed after playing well – and should have probably taken all 9 points.
Yeah – right!
And that’s so reminiscent of the second half of the relegation season in 2009, when we managed only 12 points and two wins (11 defeats) in those final 19 games and were deservedly relegated.
After most of those games the players came out after losing a game and said it was all going to be put right before the next game and don’t worry because it would be a lot better – and then we’d lose again.
It must be difficult for a successful player like Georginio Wijnaldum to be in this position at Newcastle, after he had been so successful at PSV over the last four seasons.
But Gini seems to have picked up on all the excuses made after the last three games – and this is what he has said in the Chronicle today:
“I just want to say if you want to win games, you must finish the game before things start going against you.”
“We should not be looking back after games and saying we should have had a penalty or we should have this or that.” “We must look at what happened in games. West Brom created chances and we defended well with great blocks.”
“We have lost points through set-pieces at times recently. That makes me more disappointed.” “To concede a goal after one moment where you lose focus and they score is disappointing.”
“There was frustration after the game because of the chances we created and didn’t take.” “We defended well and the shots they had we blocked well.”
“But we are undone after losing focus.” “We could have had a penalty, but in the end we got nothing out of the game.”
Yes, we know Gini doesn’t use the word excuse in those initial comments – but that’s what he’s saying – that we should stop making excuses – it’s a different excuse now after every game.
It was either that the other side scored a fantastic goal out of the blue, that we lost the game in the final few seconds when we could have won it – to Newcastle having an obvious penalty not given.
We’ve heard it all before.
Just start winning games and no excuses will be necessary.