Newcastle began their trip to Murcia, Spain immediately after the 1-1 draw at Wolves and they must have been devastated that Wolves equalized after 95 minutes with four minutes the official allotted stoppage time.
You can imagine just how upbeat the players would have been on the plane to Spain if we had managed to win our 7th league game of the season – but it wasn’t to be.
Newcastle have the 4th lowest number of wins in the Premier League – with only by the three bottom sides – Huddersfield, Fulham, and Southampton having less
The rules say it’s at least four minutes of stoppage time but that’s just in case the referee plays over the allotted time and one team scores a goal after time is up.
That’s basically the reason the rule says “at least” a specific number of minutes of added time.
Jamaal Lascelles has said the team has to be more streetwise and it’s true we have given up too many goals and points late in games.
Experience in the side will help our team be more streetwise and that’s one reason Rafa brought in players like Schar, Rondon, Fernandez, and Ki last summer.
This is what Jamaal has said in an exclusive interview in the Sunday Sun today:
“I think the game at Wolves felt like a loss.” “Again though it was another good performance and sometimes you want to keep going and play the next one quickly.”
“But at the same time, there’s no harm in us coming here to refresh and dust off the cobwebs.”
“We’ve had warm weather training and they’ve been double sessions. It has been quite hard and it almost feels like pre-season again.”
“It is good to see the players up front and you see the other side of people.” “We went for a meal in Spain and it was seeing people in a different environment.”
“It’s been good for team bonding.”
“I think the difference has been, not our performances, they have been good, but what we lack is being streetwise on the pitch.
“Small fouls in the right areas and things like that, it makes a massive difference.
“We are putting in good performances in and working hard sometimes we just get frustrated with ourselves.
“Points are there to be taken and if we are smarter and more mature we will get them.”
Here are the next six games coming up.
Sat 23 Feb Newcastle vs Huddersfield 3:00pm Wed 27 Feb Newcastle vs Burnley 8:00pm Sat 02 Mar West Ham vs Newcastle 5:30pm Sat 09 Mar Newcastle vs Everton 3:00pm Sat 16 Mar Bournemouth vs Newcastle 3:00pm Mon 01 Apr Arsenal vs Newcastle 8:00pm
Six wins in those games will see us safe on 43 points.
The Rafa can sign a new five-year contract and we’ll all be ecstatic.