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‘It’s What We Do Every Year’ – Midfielder Says Experience Will Get NUFC Through Difficult Patch

Isaac Hayden may have been hoping for some personal redemption on the New Year’s day match at St James Park against Leicester City. It was Isaac’s sending off late in the first half at the King Power Stadium in September that led to an unacceptable collapse in a 5-0 defeat.

Newcastle were again down to ten men on Wednesday but it wasn’t a sending off that this time. Newcastle had four players forced off through injuries. By the time Fabian Schar hurt his hamstring early in the second half, Newcastle were well out of substitutes.

If there’s anything to cling onto from the Leicester game, the players did not drop their heads like in September. They fought hard to get back in the game. However, once fatigue set in midway through the second half, they did their part to keep the Foxes from enjoying another route.

Isaac spoke to the Athletic after Wednesday’s game, his initial thoughts on the game reflect what many fans were thinking:

“It felt like everything that could go wrong went wrong. It wasn’t good. It wasn’t a nice feeling to be playing in that game.

“To have four muscle injuries in one game is something you don’t see very often in football, but I thought we dealt with it quite well.

“Going down to 10 men so early in the second half could have been ugly, but in the end we kept it to three and did our best with what we were given, really. Which wasn’t much.”

It was a surreal fifteen minutes or so from Florian Lejeune’s cross-field path that led to the opening goal to when Fabian Schar went down clutching his hamstring.

A flurry of blows that would have been hard for any team not to completely collapse under. We agree with Isaac that the players dealt with the situation as best they could.

Despite the three straight defeats, Isaac thinks this team has what it takes to get things back on track. After all, we’ve been in this situation a lot over the years. This is what the 24-year-old had to say about the path ahead:

“Nobody is pressing the panic button. Well, a lot of people may think it’s panic or they’ll think it’s bad, but as a group we’ll stay together.

“We all know that there will be difficult spells, but we also know what to do in these situations.

“We’ll have to use our experience to get out of it. We just have to get through them. It’s what we do every year.”

Hopefully, Newcastle can get a comfortable win on Saturday at Rochdale to ease the tension a bit. The next league match is not going to be a picnic.

The lads will travel to Molineux to face Wolves on Saturday. At least there’ll be a week of rest before the match. However, Wolves lost at Watford on Wednesday which makes it two losses in a row for them.

It’ll be another struggle to get a result but this is not the time to lose four games in a row. All the teams below us are picking up points except for Burnley and Bournemouth. So we need some more points on the board to try and steady the ship.

Who Was Newcastle's Best Player In 3-0 Defeat To Leicester City?

  • Martin Dubravka (66%, 1,073 )
  • Miguel Almiron (10%, 169 )
  • Federico Fernandez (4%, 72 )
  • Yoshinori Muto (4%, 58 )
  • Jonjo Shelvey (3%, 51 )
  • Joelinton (3%, 43 )
  • Florian Lejeune (2%, 37 )
  • Javier Manquillo (2%, 27 )
  • Isaac Hayden (1%, 23 )
  • Sean Longstaff (1%, 21 )
  • Emil Krafth (1%, 19 )
  • Fabian Schar (1%, 16 )
  • DeAndre Yedlin (1%, 11 )
  • Jetro Willems (0%, 6 )

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100 comments so far

  • hibbit

    Jan 2, 2020 at 8:30 AM

    Comment #1

    “Hopefully, Newcastle can get a comfortable win on Saturday at Rochdale”
    don’t hold your breath Neil, Ashley doesn’t do FA cup, 😉

  • lochinvar

    Jan 2, 2020 at 8:31 AM

    Comment #2

    Strange that Colback hurt his knee in training with 4 months left of his contarct so no loan or sale in that time ?
    Don’t recall the injury being reported previously ?
    Was he listed on Physio room ?

    Maybe Miss Marple could check

  • Jib

    Jan 2, 2020 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #3

    Benton will look like a WWI casualty clearing station this morning
    Big test coming up for the players and the coaching staff

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 2, 2020 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #4

    Well apparently they were pleased they kept it down to three, I’ve never felt more encouraged 😮

  • Jib

    Jan 2, 2020 at 8:37 AM

    Comment #5

    Loch it will be Ashley claiming on his player insurance
    He first learned about the ins and outs of it with the MIA
    Michael Owen.
    The insurance company will know the craic but with a customer
    with 670 shops and 18000 staff they won’t make waves.

  • DubaiMicky

    Jan 2, 2020 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #6

    Luke Edwards in the Telegraph, scathing isn’t the word:-

    It is difficult to describe Newcastle United’s performance against Leicester City and do it justice, but if you imagine a team that had welcomed the New Year in with a wild party, no sleep and a hangover, facing one that had not been so stupid, you will get an idea of how it went.

    Newcastle were jaded, everything was hard work, there were mistakes all over the place and in attack, they were so poor, they could not even do the basic things like pass to a teammate or kick a ball properly when they did get into a rare position to shoot.
    I’ll save the rest for you, but rest assured it’s pretty much the same. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/football/2020/01/01/newcastle-united-vs-leicester-city-premier-league-live-score/
    If you really want it.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 2, 2020 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #7

    Former manager
    “This club, this city has so much potential if we do things right”
    Current player who was desperate to leave under former manager
    “We done well to keep it down to three, don’t worry we do this every year”

  • Jib

    Jan 2, 2020 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #8

    Guess what a major Footy insurance company is called


    Based in High Wycombe 30 miles from Ashley’s ken

  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Jan 2, 2020 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #9


    It’ll look nothing like a WW1 clearing station.

    It’ll look like a poorly run club.

    You’ll still look like a wum.

  • Jib

    Jan 2, 2020 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #10

    I don’t think Rafa had anything to do with Hayden wanting to go
    He was concerned about a sickly child
    Surely you can empathise with that ?

  • Ron Knee

    Jan 2, 2020 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #11

    Craig Hope@CraigHope_DM

    On NUFC… even during good form this losing run (4/5) was telegraphed – unable to keep ball, keeper invariably MOM & defenders scoring was unsustainable. Shortcomings being exposed now & it’s looking v ragged. Persevering with Joelinton will prove costly, he’s offering v little.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 2, 2020 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #12

    I very much did empathise with that, it didn’t really look so sincere once his former manager turned up and assured him of game time though did it. My feeling is that Rafa told him he wasn’t in his long terms plans so better find himself a new club.

  • Jib

    Jan 2, 2020 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #13

    OP so well-run clubs don’t get injuries ?
    What a fascinating insight
    Try telling that to Jordan Henderson , Oxlade Chamberlain
    Shaqiri , Fabinho , Matip and Lovren
    Herr Klopp will be relieved

  • Jib

    Jan 2, 2020 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #14

    Jail for Ashley #7
    Current player who was desperate to leave under former manager
    Jail for Ashley#12
    Rafa told him he wasn’t in his long terms plans so better find himself a new club

    Make your mind up

  • Mindshaft

    Jan 2, 2020 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #15

    From previous – somebody was talking about a new progressive manager coming in …
    I’m not sure how that would work given the state of our academy / training facilities and current crop of players under Ashley – you can’t just stick a round peg into a square hole … Something Bruce is having to cope with in Linton and having expected results

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 2, 2020 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #16

    Are you suffering from comprehension difficulties Jiblets (see what I done there) imo he was told he wasn’t in the managers long term plans so was desperate to leave and play for a different manager. Is that so hard to grasp Jibbers

  • Mindshaft

    Jan 2, 2020 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #17

    JaF – I think Hayden was in his plans – he persuaded him to stay until end of season and they would look at the situation then as far as I remember …think it was reported in the press but can’t be arsed to check

  • Mindshaft

    Jan 2, 2020 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #18

    Not often I agree with a statement from jib ( although most of his statements are just slagging people off so not much to agree on footy wise 🙂 )

  • Jib

    Jan 2, 2020 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #19

    Your phrasing of #7 blames the player
    #12 infers Rafa was the instigator

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 2, 2020 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #20

    We had a progressive manager who knew we could afford to build a new training centre, pay the same wages as Everton and Leicester and compete in the top seven. He was chased out of the door and branded a money grabber.

  • Jib

    Jan 2, 2020 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #21

    somebody was talking about a new progressive manager coming in …
    I’m not sure how that would work given the state of our academy / training facilities
    and current crop of players under Ashley

    It didn’t faze Rafa for over 2 years

  • jazzyp

    Jan 2, 2020 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #22

    We’ve been run into the ground guys,Why can ya not see this.Every season we scrap for survival with a portion of misfits that put together a purple patch .This Leads to survival which Mashley deems to be a great successful season.
    Rinse repeat rinse repeat only I dont see this squad being any better than last season.We had Rafa and Rondon and Perez firing the latter part of last season..Who is gonna step up and take that accolade this season???? Answer we have nobody.
    The Fans see it and the pundits know it.Ashley is trying to cover the cracks by putting temporary bums on seats so we bludgeon our way through another shite season

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 2, 2020 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #23

    It doesn’t Jib, read it properly, I think he was told in a professional way he wasn’t good enough for this team so find somewhere else. He didn’t like that so made a big thing about leaving. His situation with his child didn’t seem an issue when Rafa left.
    Just my opinion, we’ll never know.

  • hibbit

    Jan 2, 2020 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #24

    what was the official gate yesterday ??

  • Mindshaft

    Jan 2, 2020 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #25

    Well it clearly did faze him, get out of championship , steady the club , ask to progress , get told the plans for training facilities are actually donkeys years old and now we can’t afford them , get told we buy the players and you have no say, don’t improve the academy ( where the media are even saying Lee Clarke’s son may leave with the academy being a factor !! ) – this is all well documemeted and you as a googlemeister know it. I can only presume you’re creating debate to fill in your spare time which you seem to have a lot of

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 2, 2020 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #26

    If we can take any positives we might not see the exodus of players this month and our summer transfer plans might be brought forward.

  • Mindshaft

    Jan 2, 2020 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #27

    Hibbit – 52k will be the official gate for every home game until end of season – even if nobody turns up the only shortfall could be away fans and the 5% of match day tickets not being sold which would be around 6,000

  • Jib

    Jan 2, 2020 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #28

    .com says the official figure was few hundred under capacity
    but they reckon looking around the stadium it was about the 50K mark

  • Mindshaft

    Jan 2, 2020 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #29

    JaF – no worries , I did see you had written it was your opinion 🙂 jib should note that this is how you have discussion …by having actual opinions of your own instead of Google and arrogance

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 2, 2020 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #30

    I hope you aren’t chuckling to yourself because I’ve risen to your bait but if that’s what it is then your pretty sad, on par with welshgeordie9 and in Bruce we trust. Rafa wasn’t fazed? Is that not why he continually said at every given opportunity about doing things right, you know as well as anyone that doing things right was building a training facility in line with the eighth richest PL club.

  • Mindshaft

    Jan 2, 2020 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #31

    To be honest in my opinion , it doesn’t really matter how many turn up – Ashley will dig his heels in deeper – SD share price is adding hundreds of millions to his bank account so as long as he doesn’t have to spend it on toon he can just ignore us. By all accounts he doesn’t even watch us these days

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 2, 2020 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #32

    Massive, massive difference 😀

  • Mindshaft

    Jan 2, 2020 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #33

    Hahah sorry mate , it’s early and I’m on train to work … Bit like how the toon players feel like at 15:00 on a Saturday

  • jazzyp

    Jan 2, 2020 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #34


    We can bring 3 maybe even 4 players in but they gotta be players that will go straight into the first team.
    Joelinton ain’t gonna save us,Nor is Almiron gonna all of a sudden score 15 plus a season.
    We have no creativity and as Everton bypassed the midfield at will it is apparent if we dont get a major overhaul we know where we are heading again

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 2, 2020 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #35

    We’re five points better off than this time last year.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 2, 2020 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #36

    Not sure if this is sarcasm or true feeling from the lads at Nufc.com
    “There’s also the little matter of a mismatched squad Bruce inherited that isn’t fit for purpose”

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 2, 2020 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #37

    Followed by this
    “Muto’s return a reminder of funds wasted by Benitez and our supposed record signing Joelinton less effective than Joselu”

  • Jib

    Jan 2, 2020 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #38

    Put the full paragraph in Jail
    no selective editing there’s a good lad

    There’s also the little matter of a mismatched squad Bruce inherited that isn’t fit for purpose; Muto’s return a reminder of funds wasted by Benitez and our supposed record signing Joelinton less effective than Joselu.

    Whoops a bit of criticism for yer man Rafa

  • Jib

    Jan 2, 2020 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #39

    good lad

  • Mindshaft

    Jan 2, 2020 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #40

    Jib, we’ve had this debate before – muto who benitez famously said I think he’s a striker was bought by the club and given to Rafa …
    I find it unbelievable that people are blaming Rafa for Steve Bruce half a year and 5 new players later


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