Newcastle To Show Confidence And Class In Final 10 Games?

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.

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26 comments so far

  • Mag52

    Mar 9, 2017 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #1

    A team like Fulham, with plenty to play for, will provide us with tough opposition on Saturday.

  • mindshaft

    Mar 9, 2017 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #2

    Fulham leak goals , we score goals – anyone thinking anything other than a win can haddaway and sh1te

  • Novocastrian66

    Mar 9, 2017 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #3

    Fulham have an excellent away record, it’s going to be a tough game.

  • Novocastrian66

    Mar 9, 2017 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #4

    They’ve only conceded 17 goals on the road this season, they obviously have a successful formula for away games which is based on a solid defence.
    They will not be a pushover.

  • Tsunki

    Mar 9, 2017 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #5

    Mindshaft – I’m sure I’ve prrviously used the services of those solicitors you just mentioned. 😀

  • Tsunki

    Mar 9, 2017 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #6

    It will be the usual home performance for sure, dictated by the nullifying tactic of every team that comes here. But we will prevail. This is not the place to come to if you’re looking for playoff points!


    Mar 9, 2017 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #7

    hope fulham don’t park the bus

  • Tsunki

    Mar 9, 2017 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #8

    They will roshan. Breaking tactic as usual.


    Mar 9, 2017 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #9

    Should win for me Fulham are decent but we are better plus we have a early season defeat to rectify

    Another team where I can’t really pick out a player that worries me Cairney is the buzz player but can’t see him imposing himself on us

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 9, 2017 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #10

    I think after the heroics of the last three games the lads deserve some rousing support, really hoping for a great atmosphere there on Saturday, a hime win with the other two faltering would be great.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 9, 2017 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #11

    Added bonus is that I’m home for four of the last six home games and away to Sheff Wed.

  • lesh

    Mar 9, 2017 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #12

    I’ve no doubt that Rafa’s conscious of the need to somehow ease any anxieties the players have and turn their minds to having the confidence in themselves to play to win rather than play to not lose. When they’re playing at SJP, they sometimes appear anxious and the crowd picks that up, increasing the pressure the players feel.

    Yes it’s history, but Keegan seemed able to have the players put on a show and play with cavalier-like confidence, as though they knew they were better than the opposition. Maybe that was the result of Keegan’s light-hearted enjoy yourselves approach to training where players were playing for oneanother.

    But, Rafa has done a remarkable job considering he was faced with a new, Championship league with more fixtures and challenges. He was also faced with Ashley seemingly being unimpresseed that having signed of some £30m on new players, we weren’t racing away with the league and blocked any investent in January. What he probably didn’t see was the money that came in from player sales and if that was the case, then it could be that Charnley hadn’t fully briefed him before seeking approval to spend on Townsend et al. If Rafa does get his audience with Ashley, let’s hope he succeeds in making him aware that success is not just profit on player sales.

    Anyway, flags in abundance and a SJP crowd that’s behind the lads from the off and for each of the 90 minutes of games can only help spur the lads on to collecting maximum points during the closing stage of what’s been a hard but great season.

  • RUNAWAY777

    Mar 9, 2017 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #13

    dont no whats going on with Mitrovic lv the lad hes got all the passion in him but for some reason he cant transfer it to the pitch, so in saying that i think for his own sake he should leave at the end of season .

  • cestriasteve

    Mar 9, 2017 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #14

    I wonder what Rafa does in a couple of weeks when we have a break, must be a nightmare trying to prep for a game every few days.
    If we get there with a couple of wins then surely that’s enough and the rest and planning in that window will see us home.
    I’m with novo about Saturday, tough game!

  • lesh

    Mar 9, 2017 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #15


    You wonder what Rafa’ll do during the international break?

    It’s a no brainer. He’ll go to Spain and take the lads with him to receive an inspirational talk from Jib.

    That’ll assure winning the league…… Won’t it?

  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 9, 2017 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #16

    Anyone who still thinks Barca are boring needs locking up!

  • Legolas

    Mar 9, 2017 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #17

    Has anyone read that article on news now from Simon Jordan? He is basically saying our fans are unrealistic, again. Why, because we want our team to fight in a game, show some heart and be promoted back to premier league. Yes, some fans are unrealistic but so are fans from other clubs. Just another southern n*b head having a pop at the team up north.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 9, 2017 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #18

    If you’re missing jib so much why don’t you ask Ed to pass your feelings on.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 9, 2017 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #19

    Anyone expecting Gayle to start on Saturday?

  • lesh

    Mar 9, 2017 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #20


    Don’t you worry, I’m missing Jib as much as you are.

  • lesh

    Mar 9, 2017 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #21


    Jordan’s opinion’s been formed by two of football’s worthies – Pardew and Allardyce. They’ll have kept him right.


    Mar 9, 2017 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #22

    Simon Jordan is the former Palace something isn’t he? He dislikes us because of Pardews failings couldn’t care less about what he says

  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Mar 9, 2017 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #23

    Simon Jordan is a poncey wide-boy and pal of Pardupe. His opinion matters not.

  • Legolas

    Mar 9, 2017 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #24


    Yeah, that will be right.


    I thought he would have started on Tuesday. He is going to have to start soon. Hopefully, it will be on Saturday.

  • JamesToon

    Mar 9, 2017 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #25

    Reckon if we played reading away at the start of the season we would have lost. Unbeaten since start of January and unbeaten at home since Boxing Day. I think we’re learning to get draws in games we’re not going to win.

    Rafa’s 1 year anniversary, what a man. How he’s made me fall in love with Newcastle again

  • JamesToon

    Mar 9, 2017 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #26

    Not that I’m particularly excited about it but can anyone link me to Simon Jordan’s article about us ?


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