One of Newcastle’s best buys last summer was 21 year-old Isaac Hayden for £2.5M from Arsenal and not only is this lad a terrific footballer in the making but his attitude and temperament are simply first class; it’s great to have him at the club.
Isaac played in the last two games – both defeats – with Jack Colback having a problem with his eye.
So one question for Rafa Benitez at his 1:00 pm press conference today will be if Jack is fit to play tomorrow night at Nottingham Forest.
Isaac Hayden in action for Newcastle
It usually happens for some strange reason that when you have a long winning streak and it’s broken the next game is sometimes a dodgy one too, and so it proved on Tuesday night when Newcastle had every chance to beat Hull City in the League Cup but didn’t.
We threw away a terrific opportunity to be playing Manchester United in the semi-final in the two-legged tie when we lost 3-1 on penalties.
That’s all over now and the lads must concentrate on what looks like another tough match at the City Ground tomorrow night.
Issac Hayden has been speaking today in the Chronicle:
“The good thing about football is there’s always an opportunity to bounce back quickly.”
“This cup game was unfortunate, and a bit frustrating on our part to concede almost straightaway after scoring the goal.”
“We maybe need to show a bit more control there.” “But that can happen, it happened, it went to penalties and we lost.”
“I was trying to prove myself against the lads who were playing ahead of me last season.” “It’s always good for me to try to show what I can do. I gave it 100% and I left it out on the pitch.”
“They’re all tough games in the Championship,” “The Blackburn match was tough too. This is exactly the same.”
“They don’t come easy, and we need to regroup now.”
With 90% thinking we would beat Blackburn last Saturday and 75% thinking we would beat Hull on Tuesday night – confidence has drained and only about half think we can win tomorrow night.
We would be over the moon if can get 3 points at Forest.