Newcastle have won their last four league games and are unbeaten in the last six games in all competitions and we now face Ipswich Town tomorrow at St. James’ Park and that’s yet another game that will not be easy.
Newcastle have 8 clean sheets so far in our 15 games in all competitions (10 wins) this season including five away from home.
Jamaal Lascelles is doing a very good job as captain of the side after he was given the captaincy by Rafa in the summer after Fabricio Coloccini finally left the club after a long eight years on Tyneside.
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Lascelles has said the dressing room is unrecognizable from the mess we were in last season under Steve McClaren and the players are spending more time with each other away from the club and that helps big time with the team spirit.
Jamaal was asked if he has experienced anything like this in his football career so far:
“Nothing like this.” “Last season was a bit up and down. This season’s completely different.”
“Rafa’s made some great signings, not just talented players but great lads. The dressing room is so important. It does go a long way.”
“If you do things outside the dressing room, then you’re going to do it on the pitch.”
“It’s not just the 11 boys on the pitch.” “We’ve got a squad of 18, and we’ve got some players who’ve had to miss out.”
“We’ve got a massive squad in terms of depth and talent.” “The ones on the bench are itching to get on. ”
“Credit to them, they’ve not spat their dummies out. They’re going to stick with us and congratulate us.”
“That sort of attitude and mentality will tick us over. It’s exactly what we needed.”
“We’ve set a marker now. We need to hold this position, but at the same time we don’t want to get carried away.”
“We’ve still got to take every game step by step.” “We’ll be preparing for the next game like we normally do.”
Rafa has certainly got the lads thinking about the team as the first priority and the manager specifically wanted a big squad to combat the injuries we get every single season.
Of course once we have the players to combat the injuries we have picked up very few injuries so far this season, there are a lot of good players not getting much playing time at Newcastle and that’s a big challenge for Rafa.
It’s the old adage that if you prepare sufficiently for something it tends not to happen.
The lads are all on board this season and the success of the side will be a huge help in keeping the team together as we go full-bore after promotion which is the real goal this season, so we are back in the big time next season.
Next up are Ipswich Town tomorrow and a massive majority of Newcastle fans think we can win this game.
WE need another win.