Jonjo Shelvey seemed to take his dropping on Saturday quite well and that’s the truth as Jonjo has talked about being surprised that he was left out of the starring line-up against his old club.
But Jonjo has fully taken in the mantra from Rafa Benitez that it’s all about the team and the team is more important than any one individual.
When he did come on in the second half for Cheick Tiote, Jonjo played quite well and we are hoping that in the last five games of the season he can get close to his best form, especially at home.
Jonjo Shelvey congratulates Andros Townsend on 3rd goal
We need some of our best players to start playing well if we are to avoid relegation, so we’ll just have to wait and see which team Rafa starts tomorrow night in the next vital game at home against Manchester City, another one of our bogey sides.
This is what the 24 year-old England international said about being dropped against his old club:
“It’s frustrating not to start against my former club, but it’s not about me at this stage it’s about the team and winning.”
“I thought we thoroughly deserved it – we were outstanding.”
“The gaffer gave the game-plan at the start, and we implemented that and stuck to it to get the three points.”
“I was a bit surprised to be left out, but I think he knows what he’s doing so you can’t exactly sit here and criticize him with his record and his CV which speaks for itself.”
“I didn’t get an explanation before, but I’m sure he’ll put me aside and tell me.”
“As I say it’s not about me, it’s about this club and maintaining Premier League status. We’re all in it together.”
“There are obviously going to be times when you’re not going to play, but you’ve just got to take it on the chin. I eventually got on the pitch and we scored another two goals.”
“The gaffer is always keeping you guessing if you’re going to play or not.”
“No-one can rest on their laurels. Even if you’ve had a good game the previous week, there’s still a chance you might not be playing the next.”
“The captaincy is not a big issue.” “Moussa deserved it. I wasn’t starting. If I had been, I’d have still been captain. The gaffer went with Cheick Tiote and Jack Colback.”
“He wanted to be a bit more defensive. It was his decision. We’ve got a game on Tuesday night against Manchester City. It’s a squad game, and fingers crossed I get a start then.”
It’s all about Manchester City now and Rafa will not have a lot of time to prepare the team for this game.
But every player must turn up for this game and be ready to perform well in front of 52,0000 mad screaming Geordies tomorrow night.
Newcastle will go all out for the win.