New signing Andros Townsend has declared that he and his new team-mates ‘are not deluded’.
The former Spurs winger explaining that the Newcastle players know that they have to start winning now…which is a relief seen as United are in the relegation zone with 14 games left and other teams around them picking up points.
Whilst Andros Townsend says that he isn’t deluded, I do wonder what was going through his head on Wednesday night at Goodison Park. Steve McClaren’s embarrassingly ultra negative formation and tactics, the winger having to spend most of his time running towards his own goal as the United Head Coach admitted his plan was to let Everton have as much possession as they wanted.
Townsend points out that the optimism generated by the transfer window action must not be wasted, though after that no show by Newcastle in midweek, you do wonder if that particular balloon has already been well and truly popped.
The £12m new boy predicts a ‘big future’ for the club if they can stay up this season and he thinks a win against West Brom will make the fans confident that the season, and indeed shirt/medium-term future of the club, can be saved.
Rather strangely though, Andros Townsend claims that being a part of a dismal attempt by QPR to stay up back in 2012/13, gives him some kind of an advantage in understanding what it takes to stay up.
He spent the second half of that season at QPR and they were relegated with a shocking 25 points in 38 matches, in the 12 games he played for them, Andros Townsend only helped them to win one of the 12 and that was against Sunderland.
That was also the year when Newcastle only secured survival in their final away match of the season…at QPR. Townsend played the full 90 minutes as Newcastle recovered from Loic Remy scoring an early penalty to win 2-1.
At least we can all be relieved the delusion at Newcastle United is now at an end and let’s hope that this carries through to Steve McClaren’s tactics and we see Andros Townsend repeatedly running at the West Brom defence, rather than having to play as an extra defender as was the case for most of Wednesday night.
Andros Townsend speaking to The Mirror:
“We are not deluded. We know we have to win now and it is about having the bottle to produce your best.
“It is about being brave, even if you are 1-0 down to still get the ball and do the things that got you in the team. We have big characters here who have played in big matches and I am sure we have enough quality.
“If you look at next season, and the one after, I am sure there is a big future for Newcastle. We need to pull together now and find enough to stay in the league. We have come into the stage of the season where we can’t say, ‘Next game, next game, next game’. It has to be now.
“There was optimism at the club making signings in January and we have to capitalise on that and not burst the bubble. If we win on Saturday all is not good, but the fans can go home confident we can stay in the Premier League.
“I have experienced it before. I went (on loan) to QPR and they were bottom of the league at the time. It was unfortunate we didn’t do enough to stay up but I have that experience and I know what it takes.
“We can pick up points anywhere on our day, but the games that will keep us in the Premier League are the home games against the teams down there around us; West Brom, Sunderland.”