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Star Pledges Complete Focus On Saving Newcastle

11:27 pm, Wednesday, March 30th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 12 Comments

If Georginio Wijnaldum can play somewhere near his best form over the last eight games of this season, then Newcastle will have a decent enough chance of surviving the drop for the second time in seven years.

Gini has been away with the Netherlands squad for about ten days, but he’s now back in Newcastle and pledges to put his focus completely on helping Newcastle win some games during the run-in.

We probably need to win five games to survive.

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Gini Wijnaldum – we need to do see him do this more often

Newcastle have lost four and drawn one of our last five games and we must start winning games soon if we are to have any chance of surviving in the Premier League.

Newcastle suffered a big blow last night when Rob Elliot was badly injured playing for Ireland and will be out for over six months, but Karl Darlow will come in and do his very best for the team.

This is what the 25-year-old Dutch International midfielder said on the club’s website, fresh from their 2-1 win against England last night at Wembley:

“I will be happy if we win the game because it’s an important one, and every game that we have to play now we have to collect points because it’s good for the team, and that’s the only thing that matters right now,”

“My focus was the Dutch team for two games, but on Wednesday I’ll go back to Newcastle and then I’ll focus on Newcastle again.”

“We want to start winning games.”

It’s up to every single player at Newcastle to give his very best in each of the final eight games of the season – and then we stand a decent chance of avoiding relegation – which would be a complete and utter disaster for the club.

What do you think?

Comment welcome.

Tags: Coaching · Georginio Wijnaldum · Newcastle News · Prayer · Premier League

12 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Tsunki // Mar 30, 2016 at 11:32 PM

    Portly Greyfriars sibling pupils Out!

  • 2 colotheclown // Mar 31, 2016 at 12:04 AM

    Evening Gents,

    Quick question ahead of Saturday, how do those of you not able to get to games normally watch online? I’ve been using robocop through kodi but this seems to be gone for good 🙁

    Heard Premier League Pass is a decent shout, anyone tried or have any alternatives??


  • 3 jimmysmith // Mar 31, 2016 at 2:00 AM

    12 or even 11 points might well be enough to keep us up because Sunderland and Norwich are such poor sides. We have been mostly poor, but occasionally much better. We have another gear, perhaps two, and Benitez to find them. You’d think he can do that, and so I remain cautiously optimistic, despite the loss of both Elliot and Krul, but still we haven’t claimed 12 points from 8 consecutive games for well over a season now, and of course playing well doesn’t always result in points. We need a little luck too, at both ends.

  • 4 Charlietoon // Mar 31, 2016 at 3:45 AM

    clown – stream2u is what I use for all the games…in fact all sport

  • 5 Santon03 // Mar 31, 2016 at 4:15 AM

    A lot of people showing negativity towards the club for losing Elliot to injury at this stage.
    Honestly.. when Krul wasn’t injured or before he got injured, did anyone rate Elliot at all (including Ed)?
    I remember when Krul injured, a lot of people said we are screwed and asking for new GK without giving a chance to Elliot.
    Now Ed said “we have warned you that we need another GK just in case Elliot injured”, but the fact is you weren’t asking new GK for Elliot’s backup but to be #2 to Krul, Elliot wasn’t even considered to be #2 at the time. Now saying that you can see this happen and you were right all along, when is it you ever wrong if you keep spinning your words?

  • 6 chicousa // Mar 31, 2016 at 4:52 AM

    True. Early in the season, Darlow was 2nd in line to Krul and Elliot was 3rd. That’s not to say Darlow will be as solid as Rob turned out to be, but he may rise to the challenge….so all is not lost. There is still hope! HWTFL!!!

  • 7 Blofal // Mar 31, 2016 at 6:14 AM

    We will win 3-2 and Cisse will score.

  • 8 Lilongwe Geordie // Mar 31, 2016 at 6:23 AM

    Huge shame for Elliot. He fully deserved the opportunity to represent Ireland at the Euros. Have no doubt he will still win our player of the season by a landslide.

    As for Darlow, the guy is 25 and has plenty of experience, he has played over 100 games at Championship level (Elliot had only played 24 games above League 1 when we signed him). Far more than the majority of 3rd choice keepers in the Prem. He had one game, where he looked shaky in patches, but at the same time West Brom had over 20 shots in that match and only managed the 1 goal.

    Pressure situation for him, and he may sink or swim, but this isn’t a situation where the club can be blamed for incompetence. There aren’t many, if any, clubs in the Prem that boast 2 international keepers, a keeper in his prime with over 100 Championship appearances and several youth internationals on their books.

    Certainly won’t be doing his confidence any good if he listens to half the fans on here, who, as Santon said earlier, were lamenting having to use Elliot when Krul got injured and Darlow was out with a knock.

    It will be far more about the performance of the outfield players and the game plan implemented by Rafa than about Karl Darlow.

  • 9 The overrated Frenchman // Mar 31, 2016 at 8:05 AM

    I for one am more worried about who is going to play left back than having Darlow in goal. With ongoing injury concerns around all our feasible options it was just inexcusable to not make sure they brought someone in as cover. They went through the motions with a couple of players, sure, but don’t tell me they couldn’t have signed someone if they really had the will to do so. Charnley and Carr absolutely culpable, once again, the architects of our likely demise.

  • 10 Jib // Mar 31, 2016 at 8:22 AM

    Phoenix on Kodi is still working

  • 11 Jib // Mar 31, 2016 at 8:40 AM

    The overrated Frenchman

    You have either a bad or selective memory.

    Charnley busted a gut to get a left back in.

    Guilherme Siqueira and Lucas Orbán were both heavily linked with us as loanees until June 2016 and both eventually left their respective clubs on loan.

    Rumour has it that Charnley spoke to Ashley Cole to delay his move from Roma to LA for six months and join us but contracts had been signed.

    The massive irony is that if Rafa had been here for the window , any of those deals would have gone through , no danger.

  • 12 The overrated Frenchman // Mar 31, 2016 at 8:48 AM

    Ah Jib, you are such a trusting soul. If there had been money to be made for himself (and Charnley probably gets a drink) Carr would have had a left back in like a shot. We couldn’t have found a decent left back in Europe (or elsewhere) for the money we squandered on Saivet? Do me a favour.

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