We were hoping for the win last night and of the last three games – at least on paper – it seems Reading was the easiest.
But we cannot complain (and wont) and 7 points from 9 is a great return against three of the top five teams in the Championship – all away from home.
We would have definitely taken that last week before we played at Brighton in that first dramatic game that ended in us gaining 6 points on the south coast club in two successive games, as we then went on to also beat Huddersfield 3-1.
Jamaal Lascelles in action last night
This is what Jamaal has said on the Newcastle web-site immediately after the game last night in Berkshire:
“We all know how hard it is to get three points every week.” “We have got the players but the Championship is a tough league.”
“We are doing very well and we are going in the right direction but there is a long way to go and we can’t go into any game thinking that we’re there.”
“We need to prepare for every game like it’s a Cup final and that’s what we’re going to keep doing.”
“If you look at these last three games, if somebody had offered us 7 points out of 9 beforehand we’d have snapped their hand off.”
“But because we beat both Brighton and Huddersfield we came into this game with a lot of confidence, we came here to get 3 points.”
“Unfortunately, it didn’t happen – Reading are a very good side but we did create a lot of chances.”
“We perhaps need to look at what we could have done to break them down, but I’m pleased with the clean sheet, I thought we defended really well.”
“We have had three different right-backs in the last week – Yedlin, Vurnon and Jesus tonight, who hadn’t played in a while.”
“They have all come in and done a great job, which just goes to show how good our squad is in depth.”
“We have got players itching to play and they have been really patient this season. Credit to the boys, I’m pleased with how we defended tonight.”
Good words there from Jamaal and you can always rely on the 23 year-old to tell the truth and tell it like it is, while also bring constructive and positive when he can be.
We’ll take the 7 points from 9 – thank you very much.