Daryl Janmaat claims it is never easy to win any game in the Premier League.
The Dutch full-back saying that if you turn the last two results (Spurs win/Villa draw) around, then it looks better.
It would also look better if we turned the Premier League table upside down…
Daryl Janmaat points out the possibility of any team beating another, typified by Norwich winning at Old Trafford and even Chelsea getting a win…though it was against the mackems.
The reality of Newcastle’s failure to beat Villa was that United were relying on Swansea failing to win on Sunday, a result that would have dumped Newcastle in the bottom three for Christmas.
The United full-back points out how important (points wise and psychologically) it was is that Newcastle stayed out of that relegation zone and that the team must now build on that.
As ever, Christmas is a frantic time for football and with three games in a week, Newcastle will suddenly find that 20 games have gone by and we are beyond halfway.
Maybe even more of a psychological blow if we end up in the bottom three at that point, with fans waiting to see what team Steve McClaren puts out in the FA Cup at Watford, before Manchester United arrive at St James Park only three days later.
Saturday will bring up a year (less two days) since Alan Pardew left and another game with Everton, a repeat of that 3-2 thrill we would do very nicely.
“Next Saturday we have a good opportunity to beat Everton and get another three points, a nice game to look forward to and it is still a good run.
“Against Spurs we would have taken a point and a win against Villa, so if you turn them around it looks better.
“It’s important (out of relegation zone at Christmas) and we must try to build on that now and try to climb up the table.
“Every team in this league can get a win every week, every win is a big thing in the Premier League – it is not easy to win in this country.
“Just look at this weekend’s results with Manchester United losing at home to Norwich and some other strange results – it’ s never easy to win a game in the Premier League.”