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.