23 year-old American DeAndre Yedlin faced the press today before his manager came out at the Benton Training ground – and he basically is putting out the message that Newcastle have to move past what has happened in the last three games – all defeats.
That’s especially true of the last game at Nottingham Forest where basically disastrous refereeing errors by Stephen Martin cost us all 3 points as Shelvey and Dummett were sent off in the first half.
The red cards were overturned on appeal by the FA on Tuesday – which was a stunning reversal and hardly a vote of confidence in the referee.
DeAndre Yedlin with his new hairdo and hair color
This is some of what Yedlin said as reported by the Chronicle reporters at the conference:
“It’s frustrating but the referee is human and makes mistakes.”
“Whether people think they are red cards are not, it’s in the past and we have to focus on what we have to do.”
“Both players are key to the team (Shelvey and Dummett) and we are happy to have them back.” “I think all three were tough games.”
“The one against Hull went into extra time and some players were tired and we had to make excuses.”
“Every team has a rough patch and that was ours. “You have to get through that.”
“Birmingham is a lot like Blackburn and we struggled against them.” “There are a lot of games like that in the Championship.”
“We will be ready for it.”
Some good stuff from DeAndre there and obviously Rafa’s drummed it into them they must leave the recent past behind them and move forward.
This is is an important game because we must get back on track with a win, before we lose too many points to the clubs chasing us.
Norwich recently went seven games with just two points and Huddersfield are in a streak of eight games with only one win and two draws – 5 points.
It wasn’t long ago that these were the two clubs above us in the Championship, so we must get back to our winning ways tomorrow.
Here’s the current positions at the top of the league and if Brighton beat Leeds United at home tonight, they go above us in the league table.
That will be a good game to watch on the TV tonight.