Ki Sung-yueng is an experienced player having played over 100 times for Soth Korea and he is the current captain of his country.
Newcastle are going through some harsh times at the moment having lost three of our first four games.
And the next two are against Manchester City away on Saturday and then two weeks later we have Arsenal at home.
These two matches are difficult ones and we could lose both of them.
But – if we forget about the League Cup last night – we have lost only to Tottenham and Chelsea and we drew away at Cardiff.
And getting four top six teams in our first five league games would be tough for any team outside the top six.
Rafa in particular and Newcastle, in general, are getting panned at the moment – we are down at the moment and we suppose it’s an opportunity for pundits to put the boot in – sorry to sound so violent.
But it would not be the first time that pundits had tried to make a difficult situation at Newcastle even worse.
Ki in action last night at the City Ground
Fans have to stick together and support Rafa – stay calm and support Rafa – would be a good war-cry (?) for Newcastle fans.
Ki has been interviewed in the Chronicle today and he comes over as what he is – a calm and very experienced footballer:
“Last season this team was together with their discipline and they were working so hard to stay in the Premier League.”
“That’s why we finished in 10th position. Everyone was so desperate to stay in the Premier League.”
“There is no problem with anybody in the squad and the atmosphere is very good.”
“Maybe because we have lost some games outside of the camp people are trying to say something blah blah blah.”
“But these are difficult fixtures.” “We played Spurs and Chelsea and Man City next.”
“Of course we could have got something from Cardiff and maybe we could win but we still didn’t lose that one.”
“It’s a difficult time but we don’t need to have our heads down. It can happen.”
“It was disappointing (at Forest last night) and like Chelsea, as we lost the game in the final moments.”
“We had the same problems at Forest as we did on Sunday.”
“We’re very disappointed especially after we could have drawn the game after 90 minutes after scoring in the last minute.”
“We have to learn from this game and the last one against Chelsea.”
“We have to focus on the last minutes of games so that we can get points.”
“Forest has already gone so we have to focus on Man City now.”
“It’s always great to have fans behind us and supporting us like at Forest.” “It was on a Wednesday night and a lot of them traveled to support us.
“We feel sorry because we couldn’t get the result for them.” “It’s always disappointing for the fans and I feel sorry for them.
“But we have to look forward to the next game now.”
“We have just started the season so we don’t need to panic or have too much disappointment because or fixture list has been quite difficult against tough sides.”
“Hopefully we can get something from the next game.” “If we can’t we have to focus on the next game.”
Captain-like and mature comments there from Ki there – and of course he’s absolutely right.
We have a very very tough start in the Premier League this season and yes – last night didn’t help things.
But Newcastle’s big strength are the fans – plus our world-class manager Rafa Benitez.
If we can stick together through these difficult times we will be much better off when we begin to play the weaker sides in the league.
We still think we’ll do better this season than last.
But if nothing else let’s all
“STAY CALM AND SUPPORT RAFA”
That’s exactly what the players are doing.