It’s just a massive home game on Saturday against fellow strugglers Southampton, and we have to hope we can win the game.
But that would be only our eighth win of the season in 30 games – not a good win average at all.
We thought and had hoped we would be further up the league table by now, but it hasn’t happened, and Newcastle have thrown away too many points late in games.
One player who has been playing exceptionally well for us this year is Mo Diame who has made the defensive midfield position his own this season.
Mo Diame – we must beat Southampton
Mo is being upbeat about the game against the Saints as he had this to say in the Chronicle:
“The team needs to stay confident and believe in what we are doing.” “There are some little details we need to change and make sure we’re focused because we’ve dropped too many points already.”
“We’ve been winning in some games and ended up drawing at the last minute.” “It’s just small details and those details must come at the end.”
“We just have to keep going and stay focused from the first minute until the end.”
“They are in the same situation as us so it is a massive game.” “It’s an important one.” “We need to give everything on the pitch.”
“We knew that it would be tough at Liverpool and that they’d start sharply with a good tempo.” “We had a game plan and we tried to stick together.”
“We wanted to keep the shape and have a counter-attack to try to score.” “We don’t think about the fixture gap, this is a massive game.”
“That’s it.” “It’s massive for us and it’s like a final that we must win.”
We had hoped this would be a pivotal season for the club where we can fight around mid-table, but it hasn’t turned out like that.
That’s thanks to owner Mike Ashley who once again was not willing to give Rafa much money to spend.
This kind of nonsense cannot continue for much longer, and Ashley either needs to sell up or stay out of the way and give Rafa sufficient money to spend in each transfer window.
If Ashley would only support Rafa, then the former Liverpool manager can build the club back to being one of the best in England – and Newcastle would be worth a lot more than £300M too.
That’s what we are hoping for but time is starting to run out for some of us old-timers.