It will be very surprising if a certain Yoan Gouffran is not in the starting side to take on Wolves again at home on Tuesday night – this time in the EFL Cup – and two defeats at home in four days is unthinkable.
So we are hoping Newcastle can get straight back on track and win the game and then we have Aston Villa away and Norwich at home as the next two league games.
If we play anywhere near the poor form we showed yesterday we will lose both those next two games in the Championship.
Yoan Gouffran – wants to fight for his place
One player who didn’t play yesterday but who has been a revelation this season is Frenchman Yoan Gouffran.
The 30 year-old was interviewed yesterday in the program for the Wolves game.
This is what Yoan said:
“After the two defeats, the manager wanted to change the team a bit,” said Gouffran. “We walked one day for maybe 15 minutes.”
“He asked me if I was ready to play and I said ‘yes, I am a professional. I am ready to play and want to play’.”
“I work hard for the team. Sometimes people maybe cannot see that, but I work really hard to defend and to attack.”
“It’s not natural to me. It’s not my position – I came here as a striker – but I will always work for the team and play where I need to and where I am asked to.”
“Last year was very difficult for me as I didn’t play a lot. You train hard, and sometimes you think you deserve to play, but it’s the manager who makes the choices.”
“Sometimes they were difficult to accept, but you have to respect it because he is the manager. “Then, when we changed the manager, I was injured, so it was not easy.”
“I could have left the club, but I decided to stay here and fight to play. I want to be here, I want to help the team and I want to help us get back in the Premier League.”
“I am enjoying playing again because there have been some bad moments for me, for my family and for my friends. “I wanted to show the people that I can play.”
Rafa Benitez could well send out a message to a number of his players with his team selection for Tuesday night’s cup game.
Surely he will now give a chance to some of the players who have been held back during our good six game winning streak which ended so ignominiously yesterday.