Daryl Janmaat wants to put the Everton match behind him as soon as possible, a night when he thinks any number of things went wrong, not just one part of Newcastle’s game.
The Dutch defender knows that everybody is calling Saturday a must win game in Newcastle’s relegation fight and he says that ‘only a win counts in this game’.
Last season Newcastle drew 1-1 with West Brom in the penultimate game of last season, a result that left United still teetering on the brink of relegation, only victory on the final day of the season against West Ham ensuring survival.
Only five weeks ago West Brom beat Newcastle 1-0 at the Hawthorns thanks to a Karl Darlow blunder but it could have been so much worse that day with the Baggies controlling the game and dominating efforts on goal and possession.
However, Steve McClaren somehow thought that it was Newcastle who had been tremendous that day and deserved something from the game.
United will have to play so much better than that game in December and fingers crossed it will be a more attacking formation and play to the strengths of new boys Shelvey and Townsend.
Daryl Janmaat points the way forward by saying that Newcastle have to try and play like they did in the win over West Ham, Jonjo Shelvey’s debut. A day that saw Newcastle for once attacking from the first whistle and getting their reward with two early goals that won the match, with them being unlucky not to score even more as they took west Ham apart early on.
One positive is that Tony Pulis confirmed earlier today that Saido Berahino is still not ready to start tomorrow, a player that Newcastle allegedly offered £21m for in the transfer window.
Daryl Janmaat talking to NUFC TV:
‘Everton must have been a disappointment?’
“Yes, of course, we expected more from that game.
“Really disappointing and we have to put things right on Saturday, we have to win that game.”
‘Before the Everton game there must have been quite a lot of optimism with new signings and the team has been playing well and just not quite getting the results, but it was hard one to put your finger on what happened really?’
“Yes, hard to put your finger on one thing but I think it was like an off day – so not one thing but a number of different things that were not good and now we must look forward and beat West Brom.
“Everybody knows that this is a must win game…only a win counts in this game.
“I think everybody is waiting to play this game, we want to leave the bottom three as soon as possible and we can do that on Saturday if we win the game.”
‘You will be looking to play the same as last two home games, against Manchester United and West Ham?’
“If we can play the same, especially as against West Ham at home, then I think we have a good chance to win.
“We need support from the fans from the start and I have a good feeling for Saturday.”