We are not exactly holding our breath in anticipation of a good result at Stoke City on Wednesday night – but it would be terrific if we could win only our third game on the road this season – and that would be after 14 away games.
That’s what is needed for Newcastle to survive this season, if we are not to simply rely on the results of the other clubs fighting relegation.
But all too often when the going in away games has got tough this season – our players simply disappear – and they lack the fight and character and the other side wins the game all too easily.
Steve McClaren – it’s touch and go
That has to change and it’s up to the coaching team and of course the players themselves to show some fight and spirit in reach of the last 12 games starting at the Britannia Stadium on Wednesday night.
This is what Steve McClaren has told the Chronicle today in what sounds like a rallying call to his players:
“The group is relatively a very good squad all round, very good. The talent is in there. If we show character and fight in the next 12 games we will be OK.”
“If we don’t show character and fight then we will be touch and go.” “It’s in our hands. We play all the teams in and around us.”
“You can have all the talent in the world but we have to show that character and fight. We have to grind out results and find a way to win on the road.”
We do have a good squad and there’s just no way we should be in the bottom four right now – but that’s where we are – and we have to fight to get out of the mess we are in.
Newcastle had a good weekend of results even though we didn’t play.
Sunderland, Aston Villa, Swansea and Norwich all lost and only Bournemouth of the relegation sides was able to pick up something – a 0-0 draw at Watford – and that was a good point for the Cherries.
Crystal Palace continued their slide down the table from 5th place at the end of the year to 14th place and they have just three draws in the last 10 league games and went down 3-2 at West Brom.
Here’s the bottom of the Premier League where Newcastle have been languishing for the last twelve months.