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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