Moussa Sissoko says that he knows Newcastle fans are angry and that the players have to cheer everybody up.

The midfielder knows that beating Aston Villa is a must, but that has to be only a starting point.

Victory against our ‘friends’ today would give everybody a lift and then the challenge will be to somehow put a run of form together against the lieks of Man Utd, Arsenal and Liverpool in the upcoming matches.

Sissoko has also talked of realistic ambition at Newcastle being to finish outside the top seven, surely not reassuring words coming from a player who says he needs to play Champions League football.

The Newcastle midfielder also defending Carver’s team selection in the FA Cup, saying it was due to a mixture of having to give young players a game and some injuries. A bit hard for fans to swallow when there were seven changes, including all the best players, plus the fact that they were all available again for the next Premier League match.

Moussa Sissoko:

“I know they were angry, it is difficult to take when you lose 5-0 and we need to cheer everybody up – we need to say sorry and win against Aston Villa.

“I think the club ambition is finishing in the top ten, in England it is hard to say you have to be fifth, sixth of seventh because of competition from teams like Manchester City, Spurs and Chelsea.

“If you have a good team, have a good season, you finish tenth, ninth or eighth.  With 12 games left we have to do something, at the moment sometimes we play well and sometimes we play bad.”

Cup woes:

“I know the fans were angry (FA Cup team selection v Leicester), because for them John Carver didn’t put out the best team, but we had injuries and also younger players who needed the chance to play.”

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