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Common Theme Emerges From Some Magpies After Winter Break

With the Newcastle players returning this week after the winter break, there was a common theme coming out of the dressing room. It seems the break came at the perfect time for some Magpies.

While a few got some time to recover from injuries, it was also the mental aspect of the time away that they benefitted from.

Speaking to nufc.co.uk, this is what Martin Dubravka had to say about the few days off the players had:

“We have had so many games in a row, so these few days off definitely helped us to heal some small injuries, and hopefully we are ready for the next games now.

“When you are playing in different leagues (in Europe), you get a couple of weeks off or a couple of days. I’ve had that before as well, so I know how helpful this can be.

“I’m glad that they decided to give us some days off because, especially when you play against top teams at Christmas time, you are tired. If you don’t get a good result, it’s hard mentally as well, so it was perfect timing.

“Football is not only a physical thing. Also mentally, it’s very difficult sometimes, especially when you don’t get a result.”

Newcastle have had a very heavy schedule since the 2-2 draw against Manchester City, which closed November. From that point until the win against Oxford, they played 16 matches.

Included in that stretch was the injury crisis that forced many players to play with very little rest.

That endless slog of game after game had a negative impact on the squad. Steve Bruce even said after the Norwich match that the players looked jaded.

So this break will hopefully do them some good and get the lads reinvigorated for the final 13 league matches as well as the FA Cup match at West Brom.

DeAndre Yedlin also echoed the same sentiments as his teammate about the break helping him reset mentally.

This is what the American told NUFC TV when asked how he felt after having almost a week off:

“Definitely refreshed. It was nice to get some sun. Nice to just get away from football for a little bit and to have time to clear your mind.

“I think it’s important as a player sometimes, cause it can get so built up with the fixtures. Especially with the December we had, and the January we had with all the fixtures.

“I think at least for me more than physically, it was mentally. We had been at the training ground a lot for two to three months.

“Like I said before, it was nice to get away. Get a different scenery and get some sun.”

DeAndre met up with Allan Saint-Maximin in Dubai, so that’s where the sun reference comes from. Yedlin seems quite refreshed from the break, and we certainly hope that Allan is recharged as well after his time off.

This is how Yedlin responded when asked if he was looking forward to getting the season started up again:

“Yeah definitely. That’s the good thing about having this break. When you’re playing the sport that you love and get away from it for a little bit.

“It comes to a point where you’re ready to get back into it.

“It’s the same with the summer break. When you’re away from it for so long, you just want to get back into it.

“It’s a good refresher for everybody, a kind of clean slate, and everybody’s ready to go again.”

Hopefully, we’ll see the benefits of the break with an excellent performance against Arsenal on Sunday.

20 comments so far

  • hibbit

    Feb 13, 2020 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #1
  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 13, 2020 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #2


    Feb 13, 2020 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #100
    anyway iv’e just cooked liver onions mushrooms for tea …

    That is seriously the most shite patter I’ve heard in 13 years of reading this blog 😮

  • geordietom

    Feb 13, 2020 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #3

    jail …

    question have you paid your bar bill at the strawberry . how many people to on your holiday non because you bore people to death . hope i meet up with you in the real world i really do …

  • geordietom

    Feb 13, 2020 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #4

    jail moans about hearts on here but he’s the first one to count them …

    how’s your Jarra march coming along ?…

    buying a box at ST JAMES my arse …

  • coming home

    Feb 13, 2020 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #5

    Interesting read hibbit but I dont agree with schteve I think giving joe the 9 shirt was a big mistake as he will never be prolific where as mitro is exactly what we need in our system and imo is a top 6 striker who could excel in a good team,dont think rafa gave him a fair chance but that was probably his attitude more than skill.

  • geordietom

    Feb 13, 2020 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #6

    how many people you spoke to on your holiday *

  • lesh

    Feb 13, 2020 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #7


    I tried Google translate to make sense of your post @3 – it couldn’t help

  • geordietom

    Feb 13, 2020 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #8

    on a family holiday and spends all his time on the net boring people to death …

  • yogz69

    Feb 13, 2020 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #9

    Who’d of thought Steve mclaren could talk sense I am shocked.

  • geordietom

    Feb 13, 2020 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #10

    Lesh if you look i corrected it …
    how many people you spoke to on your holiday *

  • geordietom

    Feb 13, 2020 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #11

    jail …

    whats up you had to many sherbet’s (dutch courage )….

  • geordietom

    Feb 13, 2020 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #12

    this song sums JAIL UP …

  • geordietom

    Feb 13, 2020 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #13

    OR is this song for Jail …


  • geordietom

    Feb 13, 2020 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #14

    jail next time you copy and paste what people put on here at least put the lot and dont leave bits out but that sums you up prick …

  • Moonraker15

    Feb 13, 2020 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #15

    I would say Ashley is ambivalent to the fans; he doesn’t respect us and you obviously don’t understand the meaning of appeasement in this context!
    He bought AC as a cheap, hopeful signing knowing it would be popular with most fans. There’s no other club that would sign him!
    It’s a typical cheap Ashley move that’s backfired! Not the first nor the last!

  • Markaccus

    Feb 13, 2020 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #16

    Are we not due another random name added to the takeover rubbish? We had the Hearn family the other day. Or have the papers FINALLY got bored.

    I think we’ll nick a draw v Arsenal. They’ll score after 20 mins, then forget to defend right up until the final whistle, and we’ll grab an equaliser.

  • DubaiMicky

    Feb 13, 2020 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #17

    We should look beyond AC’s playing skills and also think about what he brings to the team, the coaching, the enthusiasm, the passion. For that alone I think he’s worth the money, for gawds sake the guy had a miniature (but still 6 foot high) Angel of the North in his Essex garden!

  • #cans

    Feb 13, 2020 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #18

    AC is taking the coaching??

  • coming home

    Feb 13, 2020 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #19

    Agreed Dubai and he is the only true no 9 we have get him fit and with rose and lazaro getting crosses in he could do some damage

  • hibbit

    Feb 13, 2020 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #20

    coming home

    it’s getting him and keeping fit that’s the main problem


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