Paul Simpson says that when it comes to discipline, Newcastle United ‘can’t keep blaming everybody else’.
Having gone down to 10 men in three matches already this season, the first team coach has said that they are hammering it into the players to rectify this problem, even taking into account mistakes by officials.
However, reflecting on the weekend just gone, Paul Simpson wonders how Newcastle picked up two yellows and a red from only six fouls, whilst Sunderland (Cattermole!!) made 11 and yet didn’t get a single card.
Keeping the discipline and keeping up the better side of the recent performances are what the management are concentrating on ahead of Stoke on Saturday.
The first team coach saying also that the onus is on the players to lift the fans and not the other way around.
Paul Simpson talking to NUFC TV:
“We have said along, if we get performances we will get results. We had the performance (v Sunderland) again and we have to keep sending the message that, we have to keep 11 players on the pitch, regardless it it is a mistake by an official.
“We have got to keep our discipline. It is ridiculous, at the weekend we committed six fouls and took two yellows and a red. Sunderland committed 11 and didn’t get a card out of it.
“So obviously something about us that is not quite right and we have to make sure we deal with it. We can’t keep blaming everybody else.
“We have got to get the discipline right but keep the level of performance, the level of performance we have seen glimpses of. We have shown some really good passages of attacking play and some really good passages of defending.
“We just have to keep doing it. We have seen some real signs of progress and we hope the supporters have too.”