Newcastle got an excellent and well-deserved win on Saturday at the London Stadium against West Ham, and we again looked well organized and “compact.”
We won the game 3-2 with a terrific goal from a free kick by Henri Saivet and two fast breakaway goals by Mo Diame and Christian Atsu.
That was the first time we have won since October 21st, and it was good to get 3 points in one game.
We had gained just one point in the previous 9 games so what we need now are a few good wins – on the trot if possible.
Mo Diame – played well at West Ham
We play Manchester City on Wednesday night at home, and they know all about winning having won their last 17 games and dropped only 2 points in the league this season – a 1-1 draw at home to Everton.
Logic says they should (easily) get 3 points at St. James’ Park but you never know, and football can be a funny game.
Mo Diame had a good game in central midfield against his former club on Saturday, and this is what he had to say on the Newcastle website:
“It’s important because we need to build from this game now.”
“The performance of the team was good. I thought we got to 3-1 and after maybe should have dealt better with the situation, but the most important thing was to win, and we did that.”
“We now have to prepare for Manchester City because it’s coming very quickly, and again try to get points from these games.”
“It’s what we needed. Everyone knows we have the fans pushing us, but it’s important that the players on the pitch try to push on the team and the players next to them to make sure they give everything.”
“We’ve seen that we have to give everything if we want to win games.”
“We are in a good way – we have to keep working now, and build from this game.”
It could be very tough against one of the best club teams in the world at the moment under manager Pep Guardiola.
But we need to put in a good and strong performance, and the players need to believe we can get something out of this game.
As Rafa says – every single game is important for Newcastle.
After City we play at home to Brighton on Saturday and then away at Stoke on New Year’s day – two games we can win.
What do you think?