Defender On Newcastle’s Squad Being Big And Competitive

24 year-old Scottish International Grant Hanley has played five times for Newcastle – 3 starts and 2 sub appearances – since joining us from Blackburn Rovers in August after a few weeks of negotiating with Blackburn to agree a fee.

His latest sub appearance was late in Saturday’s game as Rotherham when the home side were going all out for an equalizer and Rafa put Grant into the fray and we held out well.

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Grant Hanley in action against Cheltenham

Grant hasn’t played too many game for Newcastle so far this season, but he looks a really strong player at the back and very good in the air; he also has good leadership skills and was captain of Blackburn Rovers.

This is Grant has said in the Chronicle today:

“We have a big squad and have players who are itching to play. It’s good and competitive.” “The lads have done well so far so hopefully, we can carry it on.”

“It’s a long road. It’s too early to start looking at the table and worrying where we are.” “We are in touching distance and we just need to take each game as it comes.”

“It’s an old cliche but that’s the way it is in this league.” “That’s what this league is about, no game is ever easy. That’s what you get in this league.”

“Teams like Rotherham will offer that, they are organised and hard to beat. They have some big lads and they are organised from set-plays.”

“They had the long throws as well so it’s up to us to deal with that and make sure we are organised.”

“We’d have liked to have been a bit more comfortable but it is what it is. The lads worked hard.”

“We had to fight at times and we fully deserved three points.”

Right at the end of Saturday’s game from a corner the ball rebounded off Ciaran Clark and came off the post.

If that had gone in it would have been a real sickener – just like the previous weekend at Villa Park.

But it didn’t and overall we were the better team on Saturday although in the first 20 minutes and in the last five or ten minutes Rotherham came at us full-bore – but we held out.

I watched the game again yesterday on beIN Sports  and we did very well to get all 3 points with Rotherham playing extremely well.

It’s really surprising how good the Millers were – given they are bottom of the league.

What do you think?

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