Just in case our players didn´t know they were in a fight for survival over the final eight games of the season new signing Andros Townsend – who had a good game on Sunday – has come out and said that we are now in a do or die situation in second bottom place in the league and we must start winning games if we are to have any chance of survival this season.
Andros Townsend in action on Sunday
This is what Townsend has told the Chronicle today:
“It’s do or die now. It’s got to be the turning point. We need to start winning games now. The fans went home happy because we salvaged something from the game, but we need to start winning football matches.”
“That has to start at Norwich after the international break.” “I think in the end when you go into a game in the 80th minute 1-0 down you have to be happy with anything.”
“We have a point, we battled hard and we showed we have fighting spirit.” “Hopefully, we can continue that from now until the end of the season.”
“We were the side who looked like they were going to go on and win it. But we can’t complain and have to take this forward.”
“A point is good and we are still in the battle. We live to fight another day.” “I don’t think we can focus on Sunderland.”
“Norwich are three ahead of us now. It’s not in our own hands but there are going to be points dropped.”
“If we can beat Norwich it’s all to play for and we’re back in it.” “We are looking forward to Norwich and we have two more weeks training with the manager and him drilling his philosophy. We have to be positive.”
“The crowd were incredible – even when we went 1-0 down and made a few mistakes.” “They stayed behind us. And that’s what we are going to need now between now and the end of the season.”
“We have four more home games and if they get behind us hopefully we can pick up some wins.”
Both Andros Townsend and Jonjo Shelvey were excellent buys for us in January, but we´re not sure what has happened to the other two players we signed – Henri Saivet and Seydou Doumbia – who didn´t even make the bench on Sunday.
Shelvey and Townsend are starting to produce for Newcastle and you can see how players who have played in the Premier League don´t need the time to get up to speed.
It was important we got players like that in during January – but we could have done with a couple more as it turns out.
We can only hope as the games go by that Rafa Benitez has an increasing ly positive effect with the team and we start to pick up some wins.
That could save us – but if we do go down it will be a complete and utter disaster for a club who spent £82M on new players this season.
It will become an example to all in football of how not to run a Premier League club.
We are hoping that doesn´t happen, because if we stay up then Rafa Benitez will stay with us and have a huge impact on the club at all levels – and it will be all positive.