Andros Townsend is fast becoming a real fan favorite on Tyneside and he scored his second goal in as many games after 89 minutes yesterday against Swansea, when he rifled home with that great left foot of his after being set up by an excellent run from Aleksandar Mitrovic.
Unfortunately, with that release clause of £8M in his contract, if we do get relegated it’s unlikely Townsend will be with us next season if we drop into the Championship.
But the 3-0 win against Swansea has given the Magpies a fighting chance to finish 4th bottom and just avoid the drop for the second season running.
That’s after a terrible run of 7 games and just one point – but the confidence of our players should be back now.
Andros Townsend being congratulated after scoring late in the game
Andros is calling on Newcastle to win their last three home games and by inference he’s calling on our fans to do their very best to scare the living daylights out of the opposition.
Here’s what the 24 year-old had to say:
“We’ve got five games left and we’ve got to win our home games if we want to stay in the Premier League.”
“I think people outside the club wrote us off after the Southampton game, but we knew that four of our last six games are at home, we knew that we had a good record at home and we knew that we were still in with a chance.”
“One week later, everything’s changed. Norwich have slipped up, we’ve capitalized and now it’s anyone’s to grab now.”
“Hopefully we can be the team that takes the last five games by the scruff of the neck and does enough to survive.”
We really like Townsend and it seems the fans have taken to him because he gives 100% and he’s also a very talented player who seems to play great at St. James’ Park – no doubt inspired by our fans.
It would be awful to lose the 24 year-old in the summer, so we’re sure in our final three home games our fans will go all out to give the team the very best support they can.
The crowd of almost 50,000 yesterday were simply terrific – and after a nervy game those two goals in the last eight minutes from captain for the day Sissoko and Townsend – after Lascelles had put us ahead in the first half – meant that Rafa Benitez had a very happy 56th birthday.
Moussa Sissoko even had a good game, but alas, Gini Wijnaldum was basically missing in action again.
If we can stay up there are definite signs that Rafa can build a really good team with some well thought out additions in the summer and getting rid of some of the deadwood too.
But to keep Rafa and Andros and other players, we must stay up and we have a fighting chance to do just that – three home wins could be the answer.
Howay The Lads!!