We feel a lot more confident in games when Newcastle play away from home because they seem more compact and the players seem under much less stress.
But six of our remaining ten games of the season are at St. James’ Park so they have to start producing at home and not drop points.
The Geordie crowd will help them do that.
Jack Colback – we need to keep our nerve
Two of our last four home games have ended in 2-2 draws against lower league placed sides in QPR and Bristol City and we should have won both those games.
So we cannot start making mistakes at home like we did against Bristol City and dig ourselves into a (big) hole.
Jack Colback has been interviewed today and this is what he has said as reported in the Chronicle:
“It’s about holding our nerve.” “We’ve put ourselves in a great position with two fantastic wins away and then a draw at Reading.”
“We’ve been consistent all year round; we’ve had the odd slip-up, but we’ve always reacted and that shows the strength and the spirit we have in this team now.”
“It’s about keeping the consistency up now and then we’ll get the points we need.”
“We’ve not been too bad at home, but we’ve had games when we’ve come up short.”
“And it can be difficult because teams come to St James’ Park and sit in, it’s a huge occasion for them and every team seems to lift their game.”
“Even coming away from home, we find stadiums with a lot more fans than these teams normally have for other games.”
“It’s a big games for teams playing against us; we’ve got to deal with that and at home teams sit in more.”
“We can find it frustrating at times, but we’re on a good run, we’re not dwelling on our home form or anything.”
“We’re top of the league and if we keep doing what we have been doing then we’ll be fine.”
Newcastle are nearly there and we are top of the league and have all the stats on our side so we are hoping the lads will relax and start playing with some class and confidence in these last 10 games.
There shouldn’t be any anxiety but you never know of course.
PSG played with anxiety last night at Barcelona from a position of great strength having won the first leg 4-0.
But they somehow managed to lose the game 6-1 – they completely choked to concede three goals from the 88th minute on and were eliminated.
It was like watching Steve McClaren’s Newcastle last season.
So playing with any sort of anxiety is not good.
Fulham will not be easy on Saturday and they are a good team who have a very good manager in Slavisa Jokanovic and they are just one place out of a play-off position in 7th place.
They have won four and drawn two of their last six league games.