When we have a two-week International break, it’s always good that we have a good result (meaning a win) and it helps fans get through those two weeks – with a smile on their faces.
It wasn’t an International break when we beat Manchester United at home 1-0 in what was our best performance this season, and we could savor that win for two weeks.
And we did!
But then we threw away 2 points at Bournemouth in the next game after dominating the game or a full 75 minutes and missed good chances to go 3-0 up.
We were ready to celebrate only the second time we have won two games in a row this season, but then Dan Gosling equalized in the 89th minute.
That’s what happens when you support Newcastle – it’s up and down all the way.
Mikel Merino – we have no intention of losing against Southampton
Mikel Merino came back in for the injured Jonjo Shelvey last Saturday in the 2-0 loss at Liverpool and talked about how important it is the get a result this Saturday:
“Our goal difference is always important for us, and when we play big teams, we are not losing by big margins,”
“Everyone can see the team is working hard, and we know goal difference will be important. “Of course, it is not good to lose a game.”
“We were not keeping it tight just to avoid conceding goals. We tried to keep it tight because that was the way we could get something out of the game.”
“But no one wants to lose heavily. The less (sic) goals we concede, the better it will be for us.”
“It is not about much better psychologically to lose narrowly, but it could be better position wise at the end of the season. Goal difference could be crucial.”
“After the Southampton game, we have a three-week break, and it’s always good to pick up a good result at a time like that,”
“If you have a defeat, you have a lot of time to dwell on it. It’s the worst thing to do because you have so much time to think about it.”
“But we have no intention of losing it. “We want to go into the break with a good mentality.”
It’s going to be almost unbearable if we don’t win this Saturday – but Rafa will be asking at his press conference this Friday for all the fans and everybody associated with Newcastle to stick together.
If we can do that through all the ups and downs, we could end up safe come May 13th after another difficult season to take.
Rafa will also ask for calmness through the end of the season – but I’m not sure about that.
Here’s where we stand and a win will take us 4 points clear of Southampton with 8 games to play.
What do you think?