Winger Says Focus Is To Stay Up – But Newcastle Have To Be Mentally Strong


Newcastle have lost only two league games this year, and they were at Manchester City (3-1) and at Liverpool (2-0) last Saturday.

But in the other six league games we have won two and drawn four – so in the 8 league games this year we have only 10 points.

It’s the drawn games at home to Swansea and Burnley and away at Crystal Palace and Bournemouth that have cost us points – just a couple of wins in those games and we’d be on 33 points and in 12th place.

But that’s all woulda coulda shoulda – and it didn’t happen.

So we are 5th bottom just 2 points above the drop zone.

Christian Atsu – in action against Manchester City

A crucial game is on Saturday against Southampton who are one place and one point beneath us (they also have one goal fewer than us in their goal difference) the league table, and we must start winning these games rather than drawing them with our close rivals.

Christian came back into the starting lineup on Saturday with Matt Ritchie dropped, and he had this to say as reported in the Chronicle:

“The players don’t need to be told how important this game is for us. We must control what happens after Liverpool and our main focus is to get the three points at all costs.”

“The focus is to stay up. But to do that we have to win our next game so we just need to win that.” “Then we will look to win against Huddersfield too.”

“It was a shame. Every game starts at 0-0 and you try to compete.” “I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t disappointed, we did not go there to draw or lose.”

“We went there to win the game so we are very disappointed. We’re disappointed because we couldn’t cope with their attack but we must now focus on the next game.”

“Our game against Southampton is the most important game for us because it’s the next one.”

“We fought hard at Liverpool and if we do that we’ll get a win. We will believe we will come out with the fans behind us and get them a victory.”

“It’s true, we aren’t losing a lot of games but we also need to start taking three points.”

“Against Bournemouth, we deserved the three points but couldn’t take them. So we need to now focus on getting three points and not sharing with other teams.”

“We are working really hard.” “At Liverpool we tried to press their defense and make it difficult for them. We didn’t allow them to get through the middle.”

“We made some little mistakes at the end but we’ll take the positives from this game and make sure we learn from those mistakes.”

Newcastle players must be in the right frame of mind, and we must fo got it on Saturday and not be apprehensive or show any anxiety.

The team needs to be mentally strong to get the win we need.

Comments welcome.


205 comments so far

  • RobLeenio

    Mar 6, 2018 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #1

    Holy moly, what with everyone saying the Saints game is one we have to win, even the players, and Jail telling us the blog only exists because of him, I think I may as well just give up

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  • Jib

    Mar 6, 2018 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #2

    Southampton
    As Rafa would say
    “una pieza de tarta”

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  • toon kk

    Mar 6, 2018 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #3

    We’ll probably have our usual 30/40 minutes against Southampton where we will play well and dominate the game, we need to score in this time before they get on top and it’s back to the wall fighting to hold on.
    Won’t be a easy game.

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  • giimps

    Mar 6, 2018 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #4

    No easy games in the top leagues, looking at the fixtures each team has left at the bottom, West Brom and Stoke are on a hiding to nowt, so for me, unless there is a massive change in fortunes for them both ,there is one place left into the league above scumberland next season.
    I can’t see Palace being it, or Leicester ,Brighton or even Swansea as they can all pull wins out of the bag, the last spot is between us, Southampton and Uddersfield and we have them both to play at home in the next few weeks, I just wish we had Slimani available for one or both of them to maybe get us a few goals , I would be much happier if he was available from The Udders game till the end of the season as I think with a decent striker, we would be under the cosh less towards the end of games as we would have an out ball

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 6, 2018 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #5

    Robleenio,
    The blog doesn’t exist because of me. My point was if we ignore comments that we don’t agree with then there would be a fraction of the posts left.

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  • RobLeenio

    Mar 6, 2018 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #6

    Lol Jail – I was teasing, matey. Should have put a winky smile on
    😉

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  • RobLeenio

    Mar 6, 2018 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #7

    giimps, I think Palace are right in it IMO, they need a quick turnaround in fortunes and it’s gonna be tough for them after last night’s sucker punch.

    Also, you didn’t mention Everton. They’re going backwards fast and have some tough fixtures.

    I also think Hudds will pull clear, just hopefully not at our expense.

    It’s all opinions, though – there’s going to be a fair few twists and turns before it all shakes out.

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  • magscar

    Mar 6, 2018 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #8

    Jail

    I suspect many ignore posts they disagree with unless they feel very strongly otherwise they would never be off here and posting the same old ….. OH ….

    Healthy debate is good for the Blog and that is why we need posters who view things differently to ourselves to nevertheless feel welcome to post to encourage dialogue. You have an unfortunate habit of linking say Our Toon and Munster with Catchy whereas I do not see their views as essentially the same just because they sometimes comment on Rafa less favorably than you do.

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  • Our Toon

    Mar 6, 2018 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #9

    I think once zaha is back for palace they’ll pull out of danger. They have a shocking injury list with both cbs out injured as well but the lad stepped up for them yesterday who played RB.

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  • giimps

    Mar 6, 2018 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #10

    Robleenio,
    I agree with the loads of twists and turns, but I think even though they haven’t showed it so far, Palace and Everton have a lot of quality players to keep them out of the brown stuff….either way though it’s going to be another roller coaster of emotions between now and the end of the season, if we’re not in the bottom 3 after we play Uddersfield, I think we’ll be ok

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  • RobLeenio

    Mar 6, 2018 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #11

    Our Toon, Zaha is no doubt key for them, but he’s out for a couple of weeks yet. At the moment, he can only run in a straight line. He’s their most saleable asset, if they bring him back too soon and he breaks down again, they may end up with him unsaleable as they drop down into the Champo and need those funds to remodel their squad. It’s a tricky conundrum for our Woy.

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  • magscar

    Mar 6, 2018 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #12

    Our Toon

    Just one game but that RB for Palace caught the eye last night. Depends on how fragile their confidence is after 2 late defeats in a row when they had been in the games for long spells. They were written off before Hodgson came last year but clawed their way out ( as have Swansea) but can be difficult to reapat feat. No team has an easy run now but some seemingly harder than others – just depends on how teams react. Mackems and Wigan even Leicester used to suddenly start playing in last few games and sneak out of it each season. I still hope and expect that at least 3 teams will finish below us. As i said I just want to be able to enjoy games without all the tension.

    I know some fans ( of all clubs) want to still be going to games that are meaningful at this stage but I would prefer european places or finishig above Mackems /Smoggies rather than another relegation dogfight 🙂

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  • giimps

    Mar 6, 2018 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #13

    Zaha and Benteke are quality, even paddy von armhilt is a decent fullback and can create and score for Palace and Orinoco is a decent manager….they will be ok I think

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  • RobLeenio

    Mar 6, 2018 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #14

    giimps, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, a good team is not based purely on the number of good players within it. Yes, on paper Everton and Palace are strong enough to finish comfortably mid-table, but they haven’t shown it consistently this season. Palace need to turn it around soon or they’re down. Everton need to start winning games or they could easily get dragged into it.

    Their players ought to be ashamed of themselves, to be brutally honest, much like (most of) our squad in our relegation season, who showed their quality too late

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 6, 2018 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #15

    magscar,
    Sometimes post unfavourably? 90% of Munsters posts have been to knock the manager since he got here.
    I get it, just like some people don’t like Mourinho they didn’t like Benitez and they’ve allowed that dislike to carry on here.

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  • Lindisfarne

    Mar 6, 2018 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #16

    Very interesting. “For someone accused of being a time waster (Amanda Staveley) has wasted a lot of her own time”.

    https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/everything-black-white-podcast-special-14374942

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  • Our Toon

    Mar 6, 2018 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #17

    Rob

    The key for palace is zaha will miss the Liverpool game and maybe udders but they also have a 2 week break inbetween to get him ready in. The best we can hope for is that he breaks down again as they’ve not won a game without him this season.

    If zaha makes it back and doesn’t break down he’ll only have missed the games against the big boys which I’m sure they will have taken of given a choice.

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  • Our Toon

    Mar 6, 2018 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #18

    Magscar

    Yep agreed it was only 1 game but apparently he did well last week as well. What caught my eye was he kept Sanchez quiet in then first half and rashford he dealt with in the 2nd half. Impressive non the less.

    I think you are right though, mentally they’ll be shot. 2 late defeats and to throw away a 2 goal lead and lose the game will hopefully leave some mental issues for them.

    They played well but sat in deep 2nd half which ultimately cost them, it’s only natural that teams do that but if they had carried on playing the way they were palace would have walked away with the points.

    Much like you I live in hope and expectancy that we will avoid the drop

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  • Lindisfarne

    Mar 6, 2018 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #19

    Pellegrino already being threatened with the sack – I hope that does not cause ‘dead cat bounce’.

    https://www.whoscored.com/News/x23GO2TmW025e4xDKh3RJg/Show/Southampton-ready-to-sack-Pellegrino

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 6, 2018 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #20

    I wonder why they sacked Puel, a cup final and eighth would have seen McLaren, firstly disciplined for ignoring orders then a 16 year contract.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 6, 2018 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #21

    Our Toon,
    I don’t think lesser teams deliberately sit back as a match winning tactic, nerves set in and they are so desperate for the win then they lose cohesion.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 6, 2018 at 7:45 PM

    Comment #22

    It’s getting like .co.uk on here these days.

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  • Jib

    Mar 6, 2018 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #23

    You can see why most stations have gone
    for PSG v RM rather that the Liverpool formality

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  • Online Guy

    Mar 6, 2018 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #24

    Iv just drove across the Wearmouth bridge..feel itchy…need a shower….

    I watched as Sunderland fans walked towards stadium of blight…cold wind blowing..heads down ..well wrapped up , poor buggers.

    I got to thinking those supporters are the diehards..most on an average wage , some on the dole, but still they turn up to watch a few blokes running about after a ball, earning in one week what it takes some of them to earn in 3 years or more..

    Why do we fret over football ? They don’t pay our keep… Players at the top earning half a million quid a week .

    It’s absurd.

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  • toon kk

    Mar 6, 2018 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #25

    Mitrovic scores again for Fulham, good move by Rafa????

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  • firebug666

    Mar 6, 2018 at 8:21 PM

    Comment #26

    Mitro scores again.

    Villa 0-1 up

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  • MikeAshleysWallet

    Mar 6, 2018 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #27

    The loan player that didn’t want to be at the Mackems scores against them. You couldn’t make it up lol

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 6, 2018 at 8:30 PM

    Comment #28

    toon kk,
    Aye, excellent move, we might get 20M for him in the summer or have a ready made Championship hot shot when Stuart Pearce is in charge next season.

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  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Mar 6, 2018 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #29

    If Mitro were more mature he’d have started last season in the side ahead of Gayle and probably stayed there, and probably would still be there. Gayle is a second striker, and having to play him as a lone striker has caused all sorts of problems to us, ie one trick ponies last year, being so utterly reliant on Shelvey to play him in, and basically rudderless up top this year, with no one really capable of leading the line. Rafa would probably have built a system to suit Mitro, if Mitro weren’t so unthinking.

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  • toon kk

    Mar 6, 2018 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #30

    Our toon was right Rafa should have swallowed his pride for the good of NUFC,
    Mitro scores again.

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  • firebug666

    Mar 6, 2018 at 8:32 PM

    Comment #31

    Mitro gets a second for Fulham

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  • Tinman

    Mar 6, 2018 at 8:33 PM

    Comment #32

    Mitro’ s on fire! Your defence is terrified!

    Soton must be bricking it!!! Oh wait…

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  • Our Toon

    Mar 6, 2018 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #33

    Can someone tell the mad Serb he’s not meant to score goals, he’s supposed to be a hot head.

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  • firebug666

    Mar 6, 2018 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #34

    Villa 2 up v Makems

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  • 9

    Mar 6, 2018 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #35

    Nobody’s perfect:you got Mitro wrong, Rafa.

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  • Tinman

    Mar 6, 2018 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #36

    OurToon, the hooligan got booked last week

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 6, 2018 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #37

    toon kk,
    You, like me don’t know the full story. Were you one of the usual half dozen slating him for subbing Gayle the other week.

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  • chicousa

    Mar 6, 2018 at 8:37 PM

    Comment #38

    Mitrovic: Tsunki’s eat hair nightmare! 😀

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  • toon kk

    Mar 6, 2018 at 8:38 PM

    Comment #39

    Why wasn’t Joselu sent out on loan instead??

    1
  • chicousa

    Mar 6, 2018 at 8:38 PM

    Comment #40

    Ear hair that is…

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