New Signing – Mental Strength Now Necessary

Christian Atsu can become a good player for us and it also seems he is keen to do well this season so he can make his loan move to Newcastle permanent next summer.

And after yesterday’s awful performance in front of a sold-out St. James’ Park,  Christian has also shown some courage to come out and be interviewed.

The lad comes across as very positive and he’s calling on the players to be mentally strong.


Christian Atsu in training

Here’s what Christian said on the Newcastle web-site after the game:

“I made my debut but we lost the game, and we were fighting to win in front of our fans, but we have to be mentally strong.”

“It was great to make my home debut, they are fantastic fans and I’m happy I made my home debut, but right now we have to focus on the next game, which is what is important now.”

“It’s good to play in front of our fans. It’s unfortunate that we lost today’s game, but the next game is coming and we want to make them happy.”

“Everyone is down after the game, but the manager spoke with us and we have to have the mentality to win the next game, which is important.”

“We learn from our mistakes, and we have to give our best for the fans because they deserve it.”

“This is football, and this is what the Championship is about. Each and every day you have to focus and work so hard, because if you lose concentration, you pay for it.”

“This is where we need the players to be mentally strong. When you play for a big club like Newcastle, these kind of situations will come your way, but that’s why we are here – to deal with it.”

“We are all focussed on the next game,”

“Cup games are not like the league that we are playing in. If you don’t score, you’re going out, so it’s very important that we win. It’s a must-win game. We want to stay in the cup.”

“To beat someone two times in four days is difficult, but we will learn from our mistakes. We are going to play against them on Tuesday and it’s another chance for us to prove, on the pitch in front of our fans, that we can win.”

“You cannot deal with the past, you cannot change the past. Right now, we have to focus on the next game. We can make a better future, which is more important.”

“I’m really happy at the club. Now it’s for me to do my job. I’m happy that I played at St. James’ Park and I’m hoping and looking forward to the next game.”

Good words there from Christian.

Any team who can produce their best display of the season away from home and then follow that with a pathetic performance at home in front of over 52,000 fans at St. James’ Park is lacking something.

And it seems the players yesterday lacked the mental strength, the mental toughness necessary to go out and perform somewhere near their best form and win the game for the 7th successive time.

We were nowhere near our best yesterday and as Rafa rightly points out – we made stupid mistake after stupid mistake from the very start of the game.

It’s certainly not down to the ability of the players because three days ago the team looked fantastic in London.

We expect Rafa to bring in a number of new players for Tuesday night’s game in the EFL Cup against the same opposition.

The game is at home but the crowd will probably be around 20,00 after yesterday’s completely inept and uninspiring display – it reminded us too much of the rubbish served up last season.

Tuesday night will be the chance a lot of the players have been looking for and the first person on the team sheet for Tuesday night should be Yoan Gouffran.

Comments welcome.

6 comments so far

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Sep 18, 2016 at 8:03 AM

    Comment #1


    Yeah here it is from last night – still bloody angry/annoyed at the pathetic display we dished up!!!!…..

    Sorry RAFA you got it wrong today – arrogance got to him maybe whatever team I send out we will win
    Team – arrogance – Oh we will just turn up 3pts in the bag
    Supporters – arrogance – couple of beers wander up to the ground – easy there points

    Sorry a FUC*IN’ big reality check

    Second best from minute 1 to minute 96
    Cannot go into games in the championship with two midgets up front and lump the ball up to them


    missed Goufran today

    Anyway my merit marks

    Sels 3 – useless got lucky with block first half – like Dracula hates crosses – the physical side left far two big a space to his right for the second goal
    Dummett – 2 – got skinned time and time again – passing abject
    Mbemba – 1 – worst display in a TOON shirt
    Lascalles -5 – pick of our defenders
    Anita – 4 – did OK frustration got to him – rash tackle for sending of
    Ritchie-7 – Our best player but had to be taken off before sent off
    Shelvey – 2 -lazy thoughts of best player in the Championship got to him – needs to give his head a shake.
    Diame – 2 – headless chicken day – got the ball to many times then passed to the Wolves
    Hayden – 3 Shadow of the past games for the TOON
    Gayle – 2 – did nowt – ran around and whinged when tackled
    Perez – 2 ditto but give the ball away for second goal – mind you nobody came wanted the ball off him

    Supporters – 3 – sang at start but heeds went down – looked a lot of strangers there for the good times around me – out sung most of the match by Wolves supporters

    Rafa – 4 – did not think much of his team selection – would of played Goufran and Mitrovich from the start
    Goufran for his not stop running tackling
    Mitrovich for his presence – first half put cross after cross in but no good if you have midgets up front.
    Also did not understand his substitutions except for Ritchie.

    We do not pass and move quick enough to play two small players up front.


    a BIG wake up call

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Sep 18, 2016 at 8:10 AM

    Comment #2

    Got to be a change for Tuesday

    Me I would BEEF up the team.

    here goes:

    Darlow – rate him better than Sels – who I think is poor




    Hiadara if fit

    reason for bench players give them at least half an hour

  • Lindisfarne

    Sep 18, 2016 at 8:16 AM

    Comment #3

    Surprised to see you have Diame in there, I thought he was the main culprit for losing the ball and lack of cutting edge. Along with Shelvey, plus Tweedle-Dee and Tweedle-Pee.

  • posada

    Sep 18, 2016 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #4

    Not much for me to say. Charlie has already said it. I agree 100%.
    The three who came in were poor. Does rotation work. Is it necessary. Do the players feel they are playing for their place or just taking their turn in the team. They looked like they were playing a practice match.
    Ritchie was not happy. Why would he be. He only had Anita to play with which is never enough. Diame/Gayle never gave him an option when he had the ball. Ditto anyone from midfield.
    Ritchie does not have great pace so when he cuts inside he must have someone to play just a wall pass to. Give it and then move to get it back. Never happened I don’t think.

  • hibbit

    Sep 18, 2016 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #5

    most of what charlie says is right but one point i think he missed we were not beat by a top team they are a very poor team who we gifted 2 goals they were there for the taking and we just never turned up
    its not the end of the world and we have the chance to put it right this week
    MoM should be scrapped this as no one deserved it not even Ritchie who was lucky not to be sent off

    never thought i would say this but we missed Gouffran for his graft no one put the effort in he does
    in my opinion in the championship you need a player that can lead the line who can hold the ball and give us time and space who can handle the ruff and tumble of the championship not two lightweights who spent most of the afternoon on there ares moaning

  • Sav

    Sep 18, 2016 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #6

    Unleash the Murph on Tuesday.


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