51-year-old Newcastle icon John Beresford is working for International TV as a pundit, and he will be at the game on Saturday when we entertain (so to speak) fellow Premier League strugglers Southampton.
The Saints are managed by former Rafa Benitez assistant Mauricio Pellegrino, and we had an opportunity to win at St. Mary’s, but gave away a late penalty to end with a 2-2 draw.
But a draw will not be good enough on Saturday, and we must attack Southampton and hope like somebody like Dwight Gayle can put the ball in the back of the net.
Dwight could be a hero again for Newcastle if he can score some goals for us before the end of the season.
John Beresford – played for Newcastle from 1992-1998
Southampton are one of the few struggling Premier League sides who have a better goal difference than Newcastle; Saints have -12 compared to our -13, so a win on Saturday can fix that.
Here’s some of what John Beresford has said in the Chronicle today starting with the Liverpool game:
“I’d have loved to have seen Newcastle go Gung Ho against Liverpool but the fear then was that they lose 5-0 or 6-0, something Rafa will have had in mind.”
“It’s frustrating because it was a chance to hit them on the break but maybe Rafa will have the last laugh.”
“But goal difference could be the difference between staying up or going down this year.”
“I spoke to Matt Le Tissier the other day and he told me Southampton are trying to grind out results and edge to safety.”
“I just hope Newcastle go for it on Saturday at St James’ Park.” “The crowd will want that.” “Look at the game against Man United, the fans were urging them forward.”
“Newcastle should get that desire to go forward back and go for the jugular.”
“I’ve seen both sides this season and the fear is the game starts too slowly and both teams end up accepting a point.”
A win will make Newcastle fans extremely happy and relieved in the three weeks of wilderness coming up after the game.
Our game the following Friday at Tottenham is canceled (no new date yet) because Spurs are still in the FA Cup.
And then we also have the two-week International break.
We don’t even want to think about a defeat against Southampton – so we won’t.
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