Fans’ Anxiety Exists – How Players Can Put Things Right

If we ever needed a win this season it’s against Nottingham Forest at home tomorrow night, as the lads start getting back to their winning ways and don’t allow the chasing pack of clubs to catch us.

The defeat at home to the Owls on MOnday was a shock to the system and brought us all down to earth a little and the Championship is indeed a tough league, but we need to be promoted in May – that’s an absolute must.

It’s really surprising that we perform better in away games than we do at St. James’ Park this season in front of capacity crowds of 52,000 – and that’s starting to be a concern for Rafa Benitez.

Rafa Benitez in training

But the lads have a chance to get a good 3 points against Forest tomorrow night – and we simply must win that game with a much improved performance over Monday night’s poor display.

There’s even been talk that the fans hinder Newcastle at home.

That could be due to the anxiety still existing over what happened over the last two years and it comes through when we are struggling at home this term – which is not very often.

Last season under the woeful Steve McClaren, Newcastle were embarrassed far too many times and we were finally relegated even after spending (wasting?) a massive £80M in the transfer market.

Complete incompetence reigned at Newcastle over that time and Rafa and our new players seem to have inherited some of that built-in anxiety that exists with Geordie fans this season.

But hey – the players have a chance to put things right at home by starting to win (all) our home games.

It’s really easy when you think of it that way.


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7 comments so far

  • sparky55

    Dec 29, 2016 at 8:30 AM

    Comment #1

    This is just a speculative over-reaction to a coupe of recent bad results…we really don’t need anything but a left back…Dummett is scared of the ball in possession working the ball forward but actually quite decent while defending…but the only weak link IMO.

    The rest of squad is more than capable of getting us into the premier league…remember lads…we are in the Championship and our squad is the best in the Championship by a country mile.

    Wednesday played a brilliant game against us, we had a bad day but the chances we had we could have undeservedly won that game if the dice had fallen our way…but it didn’t and we got what we deserved…BUT THAT DOESN’T MEAN WE NEED TO GO OUT AND KNEE JERK BUY SOMEONE FFS.

    We haven’t lost Shelvey for the rest of season…we’ve lost him til the 21st of January…so why buy another midfielder unless it’s a premiership class midfielder who’s prepared to come early and will have a definate slot next year playing next to Shelvey in midfield.

    Shelvey has started all but two games this year and we won them both. He is not totally indispensable…important yes….indispensable No, and we will start winning before Shelvey comes back.

    I’ve seen loads of people on here slate some his performances this year yet we still won those games and although he has recently hit some great form we have already proven we can win games when he’s not playing or with him in the team playing badly as he has done quite a few times this year.

    Keep the faith lads…this is just a minor blip and we’ll come good well before his ban is served.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 29, 2016 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #2

    Shelvey could easily take a knock that keeps him out for six weeks or have a loss of form, we need someone who can replace him and offer different creative options, a top LW would be handy to keep the current lot on their toes. The LB isn’t happening sparky, I’m sure we’ll get the top quality one needed when we return ho the PL.

  • sparky55

    Dec 29, 2016 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #3


    I guess my point is I have enough confidence in the squad as a whole without Shelvey to get us promoted.

    No-one else in the championship has a Shelvey or anyone like him…everyone else is relying on good management, good tactics, a good work ethic and good game plans with mediocre players.

    We have all that in abundance with Rafa and he will see us into the Premiership with or without Shelvey because at worst losing Shelvey puts us at the same level as everyone else…but we have secret weapon…we have Rafa 🙂 🙂

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 29, 2016 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #4

    Oh and btw why do people keep calling Grant Hanley, Grant when including him in their team sheets, is he Brazillian?

  • sing in the corner

    Dec 29, 2016 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #5

    Forest paper calling for them to park the bus basically, like they did at Huddersfield.

    They’ve got a lot of injuries and another suspension this week. 4 4 2 might be the obvious answer for this one. Otherwise we are inviting the scenario of the other home defeats….score early or get increasingly nervous.

  • toontaff2

    Dec 29, 2016 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #6

    Shelvey’s mate, Saiss is off to Afcon with Morocco,
    Lazaar is not even in the provisional squad.
    If anyone rated Lazaar, considering Dummett is apparently our weak link, Lazaar would surely be getting game time.
    Haidara may be starting before Lazaar.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 29, 2016 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #7

    I can see why some people can point the finger at the crowd when it goes quiet after 20 minutes, it is not possible to keep singing when there’s nothing on show. When the players sense the crowd is going quiet it’s them that need to step up and give us something to sing about, not the other way round. They need to be big enough to play in front of a crowd like ours.


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