Former striker Mick Quinn tells it like it is when things are really bad and also when things are on the up – as they hopefully are now.
And since Rafa Benitez signed for us in March last year Mick’s been a big admirer of the former Valencia, Liverpool and Naples manager and hopefully Rafa can bring us the success he brought those clubs when he won European trophies at those first two clubs and he did pretty well at Naples too.
Mick Quinn – Newcastle should now be confident
In his regular column in the Chronicle, Mick has talked about how the last four games (all wins) have given the Newcastle players confidence that they can get the job done this season.
But of course it’s a very tough league and we cannot rest on our laurels at all, otherwise we will go downhill quickly.
This is some of what Mick wrote yesterday:
“It’s four wins on the bounce for Newcastle United and the Magpies need to continue that momentum into the next few matches.”
“Their start to the season did concern me a little, but finally the Magpies seem to have developed an identity and a purpose to their play.”
“First of all Rafa Benitez’s men went to Bristol City and ground out a 1-0 victory at Ashton Gate.”
“That, psychologically, was very important for a side who have been woeful away from home for years now.”
“They then followed that up with an extremely impressive performance against fellow promotion rivals Brighton and Hove Albion at St James’ Park.”
“Make no mistake, Chris Hughton’s Seagulls are one of the best all-round sides in this division, and yet Newcastle looked very good against them.”
“Jonjo Shelvey scored and put in the sort of display we expect to see from him, while the back four looked extremely comfortable and I thought Mo Diame looked very good as well.”
“This last month should have given the Magpies squad plenty of confidence, but it’s about replicating that throughout the course of a 46-game campaign.”
Derby County on Saturday will be a really tough game against former coach Nigel Pearson, who is now the Derby manager.
And that game’s followed by QPR at Loftus Road which is already a sell-out for next Tuesday night.
That shows the drawing power of Newcastle United in the second division, but we have to expect two very tough games.
We must keep up the fight, effort and good play we have shown over the last four games and keep picking up those wins.
If we can do that then the confidence will further increase and by October 1st who knows we could even be near the top of the Championship (and at the top?).
That’s the goal over these next six league games and they are coming up thick and fast with two games a week.