One of the big concerns for Newcastle now after losing in another shock result – this time to Sheffield Wednesday on Boxing Day – is how we will fare in the next four games when we will continue to be without play-maker Jonjo Shelvey.
Jack Colback came in for his first game for a while in place of Shelvey on Monday night and didn’t have a good game, but he’s hardly the creative spark who can replace a Jonjo Shelvey in the team.
That may be a big weakness that Rafa has to fix next month in the team – we don’t have enough creativity in the side.
What would happen if Jonjo gets injured and is not available for long periods, after his suspension has been served?
Isaac Hayden – Newcastle midfielder
The last thing we want this season, after the previous two disastrous seasons at Newcastle, is to lose out on promotion back to the Premier League.
That is unthinkable…..
Isaac Hayden has been a success for us this season after he signed on from Arsenal for £2.5M in the summer and he had this to say about the 4th home defeat this season – another shock for the fans:
“People are always going to say: ‘if Jonjo was playing…’”
“But at the end of the day it’s a squad game. Jonjo doesn’t win games by himself. There’s still another 10 players out there that do the job and help the team.”
“There’s no getting away from it, Jonjo is a good player and he’s been very important for us this season.”
“But there’s no reason to use that as an excuse that because he’s not playing, we shouldn’t be able to win games or dominate games.”
“We’re not looking for that as an excuse.”
“Jack Colback’s come in and he hasn’t played in a while. I thought he ran his socks off and tried his best.”
“At the end of the day the only thing you can do as players is try your best.” “Everyone did that. Some days it’s not meant to be.”
“We’re not robots. We can’t play 100% every single game Saturday-Tuesday-Saturday. It’s impossible.”
“We’re disappointed, but, as the manager said after the game, I think we need to learn how to draw games rather than lose them.”
“It was a sloppy goal to concede. They got the first, second and third contact.”
“The main thing for us is that we need to learn how to draw a game.”
“Maybe we didn’t create enough chances, even though there were a few good ones first half.
“Sometimes we maybe need to learn to draw a game rather than lose it.”
Newcastle have played 27 total games this season and we have drawn only once at Aston Villa, when they equalized in the last minute, if we forget about the League Cup tie at Hull when we lost 3-1 on penalties.
That’s a strange stat, but other sides like Brighton have also lost only two league games so far this season and we need to be able to draw games rather than lose a game – if we cannot win it.
To lose six league games in the first half of the season is something we were not expecting.