Young Midfielder – We’ve Done Really Well Since January – But Continue To Learn

With the excellent form of Mo Diame in the holding midfield position, 22-year-old Isaac Hayden hasn’t played too much for us this year.

And Newcastle have done well since we beat Stoke City 1-0 away on the first day of the year.

We have won three (Stoke, Manchester United and Southampton) and drawn four (Swansea, Burnley, Crystal Palace and Bournemouth) and some of those could easily have been wins – such as at Bournemouth as one example.

In any case, the lads have only lost two games at Manchester City and Liverpool, so it’s taking a good team to beat us this year.

Newcastle now have 32 points from 30 games, and our next game at home to Huddersfield is a must-win game.

If we can get the 3 points that will take us up to 35 points with 7 games still to play and we’ll be in excellent shape.

Isaac Hayden – in action earlier this season

We have lost too many points this season by not being able to manage games when we are ahead.

That’s an areas Rafa seems to be improving this year, and the lads have given two excellent performances at home against the Red Devils and the Saints to get 6 points.

Hayden has been speaking to nufcTV in Spain and has talked about our recent form and how the lads are getting better – slowly but surely.

Here’s some of what Isaac has said in the interview:

“Whenever you win a game in the Premier League, it always gives you a bit of a spring in your step.”

“We’ve had quite a few good results against Man United and Southampton and we may have had a bit of a blip against Liverpool.”

“But going away from home that was always going to be a difficult game.”

“Since 2018 has started we’ve done really well as a squad; we’ve won a good chunk of games and I feel we’ve learned not to lose games.”

“We’ve learned how not to lose points by making sure we draw games.”

“We’ve definitely improved and I always said at the start of the season that the team would be better come the second half of the campaign – and we’ve proved that.”

“It wasn’t ever going to be a holiday out here.”  “We’re football players and we’ve come here to work during this big break which is 21 days in between games.”

“It gives us a chance to work on things we need to improve on, and for some to get a little fitness for those lads who haven’t been playing as much recently with substitute appearances or whatever.”

“So it’s good to come out and have a few training sessions, working hard in the hot weather.”

“Of course I’m disappointed I haven’t been playing as much recently.”

“But you can’t complain when the lads are beating Man United, beating Southampton and playing as well as we did for the first 80 minutes against Bournemouth.”

“You can’t complain, you just have to keep your head down, work really hard in training, and then whatever chance you get take it.”

“I’ve had a few substitute appearances in a row and whatever I get – be it 10 minutes, 20 minutes or whatever – I have to do my job for the team and try to help them for the best way possible.”

“I’m a hard trainer and I train how I play. I’m always going to try and keep fit and do well in training, but you can never really replicate the match fitness that you get from playing a game.”

“It’s important to keep that up and try to get as many minutes as I can. This friendly gives everybody an opportunity to get a good amount of minutes in a competitive game.”

“You can always get minutes under you belt playing U23s, but it’s not competitive and it’s never going to be a true representation of what you’re going to facing if you do start a Premier League game.”

“This is a great idea, Royal Antwerp are a great Belgian side so it gives us an opportunity to play against some good opposition – and also try out a few things as well.”

Our lads are working hard in Murcia and will play Royal Antwerp tomorrow in a game having three 45 minutes periods, so all our players will get a game.

The lads then return to Newcastle, and the two-week International break starts.

It’s still a long two weeks to the Huddersfield game (for fans and blog-writers alike) – but that’s all that matters – that we get another win against the Terriers.

If that happens, we’ll be very very happy.

Comments welcome.

31 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 17, 2018 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #1

    Jib n Jib I mean Jane having fun on previous.

  • jane

    Mar 17, 2018 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #2


  • Jib

    Mar 17, 2018 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #3

    Blooming heck Italy are beating Scotland
    27 – 26 with 4 minutes to go !!!!!!!!!

  • Jib

    Mar 17, 2018 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #4

    Lucky buggers squeaked home 27 – 29

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Mar 17, 2018 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #5


    Naah, I was surprised when I accidentally did that emoji. 😛

  • Veltman

    Mar 17, 2018 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #6

    Jail – I don’t wish any harm or bad to anyone but you being the bigger person and being in the know and for the sake of harmony and peace, the sooner Jib and his multiples disappear from the place the better.

  • Mag :P

    Mar 17, 2018 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #7

    Oh lol.

    I meant as in… Who I am. 🙂

  • Jib

    Mar 17, 2018 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #8

    Don’t you feel unclean with Veltman crawling
    to you ?

  • chicousa

    Mar 17, 2018 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #9

    Mitro received a yellow card today for a scuffle in which the opposing player was the initial offender and Mitro reacted. Looked like he checked his temper quickly though as it could have gotten out of hand. The QPR player also saw yellow.

    Jane looks like you forgot colon b

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Mar 17, 2018 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #10


    Aah, sorry, just a gentle bit of fun, I know you are another regular poster.

    But I ken where you are coming from as another fellow poster who often never seems to be missed.

    Still, I do sometimes get a response to my words of wisdom, ce la vi. 😛 Love the emoji!

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Mar 17, 2018 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #11


    I was just going to say that and yes the QPR player was the instigator of the scuffle, I don’t think that Miro should have been booked as he didn’t do much in the way of retaliation.

    As for the game didn’t get why Fulham took off their best two player when QPR were outplaying them in the second half.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Mar 17, 2018 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #12

    colon b :B

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Mar 17, 2018 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #13

    Wonder if only some of the emoji’s work on Eds site.

  • Toonces

    Mar 17, 2018 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #14

    Chico: To be fair to Mitro that defender was all over him , put a reverse chin lock on him before Mitro finally pushed back. Typical officiating to card both players in that type of scuffle but a bit harsh on Mitro.

    Mitro also did well in the two goals that Fulham scored. He is quite unselfish for a striker and brings his team mates in well. Mitro looked quite good in the first half, second half not so much as Fulham lost their way. Fulham not the same team after subbing off Cairney and Sessegnon. Credit to QPR for getting the late goal at the end of the first half and then really taking it to Fulham in the second.

  • lesh

    Mar 17, 2018 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #15


    Aye, Lindley’s very much an acquired taste and not to everyone’s liking. But, a very adaptable session man – according to Dolly Parton, she’s just got to hint at what she wants and he does it to her immediate liking.

    He’s a real character and part of that West Coast USA music clique of Cooder, Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris, Lowell George and Warren Zeavon (bless the last two) but, and not to everyone’s taste.

  • Toonces

    Mar 17, 2018 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #16

    EGB @ 11 – agree. saw things rather the same as you describe.

  • chicousa

    Mar 17, 2018 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #17

    Yeah, not sure why Cairney and Sessegnon were taken off either…? The 2nd QPR goal was an absolute howler by Adoi, costing Fulham 2 points.

    Oh well the only concern for NUFC is Mitro did not get on the scoring sheet so his sale value likely did not go up for us today.

  • lesh

    Mar 17, 2018 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #18


    It appears that the Blog’s a bit picky when it comes to the emojies it’ll accept.

    Here’s a guide that might help with the various WordPress codes

  • chicousa

    Mar 17, 2018 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #19

    Good point about Mitro’s play being unselfish. I’ve mentioned the same about him. And his assists stats over the past few years show that even when not scoring himself, players around him seem to thrive on his presence in the lineup.

    Fulham players and fans both seem to be very happy with Mitrovic!

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Mar 17, 2018 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #20


    On the other hand if Fulham don’t go up then perhaps Rafa might fancy trying to have another go at signing Cairney?

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Mar 17, 2018 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #21

    On a slightly quirky non footy note, although there is a tenuous connection, how many fellow bloggers know that Hedy Lamar as well as having a fantastic body and looks was a brilliant inventor?

  • chicousa

    Mar 17, 2018 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #22

    Getting Cairney would be great provided Fulham fail to be promoted! Maybe Rafa sent Mitro on loan there to put a few thoughts in Cairney’s ear?!!! 😀

  • Paul141726

    Mar 17, 2018 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #23

    Difficult waiting these three weeks until resuming play. Hope some fringe players get a good run out tomorrow.
    As far as Lesh at #15, all those names are favorites from my long past youth, but still so much fun to listen to. And yes, Lowell George was, and will be remembered by me as a terrific, if sometimes “offbeat”, musician who wrote songs that always made me smile or even think. Missed greatly!!!

  • Ron Knee

    Mar 17, 2018 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #24


    Old Folks Boogie is becoming particularly apt for some of us!

  • Paul141726

    Mar 17, 2018 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #25

    Truer words were never spoken, RK! That time of my life seems so long ago, too. Still fun to visit there though!

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Mar 17, 2018 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #26


    Yep, I can certainly emphasize with that song.

  • beermonkey

    Mar 17, 2018 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #27

    will tomoz game be shown anywhere

  • Ron Knee

    Mar 17, 2018 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #28

    Off our rockers, actin’ crazy
    With the right medication we won’t be lazy
    Doin’ the old folks boogie
    Down on the farm
    Wheelchairs, they was locked arm in arm
    Paired off pacemakers with matchin’ alarms
    Gives us jus’ one more chance
    To spin one more yarn
    And you know that you’re over the hill
    When your mind makes a promise that your body can’t fill
    Doin’ the old folks boogie
    And boogie we will
    ‘Cause to us the thought’s as good as a thrill
    Back at the home,
    No time is your own,
    Facilities there, they’re all out on loan
    The bank foreclose, and your bankruptcy shows
    And your credit creeps to an all-time low
    So you know, that you’re over the hill
    When your mind makes a promise that your body can’t fill
    Try and get a rise from an atrophied muscle,
    And the nerves in your thigh just quivers and fizzles
    So you know, that you’re over the hill
    When your mind makes a promise that your body can’t fill.

  • Paul141726

    Mar 17, 2018 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #29

    As for me, not quite at that stage yet. LOL!

  • Paul141726

    Mar 17, 2018 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #30

    Ok. Too much info, Sorry blog!

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 17, 2018 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #31

    I don’t think we could wish for better away fixtures than Leicester, Watford and Everton


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