Daryl Janmaat doesn’t think the players needed the Fulham wake-up call, saying he believed everybody was ready and ‘had a good feeling’.
By the end of the 90 minutes though, the 7,000 travelling fans weren’t experiencing a ‘good feeling’ and felt the team hadn’t really been at it during the opening night defeat.
However, with now three games in a week and kicking off in front of 52,000+ at St James Park against Huddersfield, Daryl Janmaat thinks the players can really get the season belatedly started.
The Dutch international says that if the players play to their full potential they can ‘beat everybody’ and says Newcastle are ‘probably one of the best teams in the league’ – something which should be the absolute minimum when you have the best paid and most expensively assembled squad in the Championship.
Spending money though doesn’t give you any guarantees, with very few favourites having won the second tier in recent times, backing up Janmaat’s theory of this being a ‘tough league’.
Daryl Janmaat speaking to NUFC TV:
“First game (Fulham), we knew it was supposed to be a tough game and it was.
“I think we weren’t at our best level and so we have to come back and do better if we want to get results in this league.
“Everybody sees, this is a tough league.”
‘Was Fulham a wake-up call that was needed?’
“I don’t think it was needed, I think everybody had a good feeling and felt ready – but now have to make sure that we kick back and get three points on Saturday.
“If you have a defeat then you want to turn that around as soon as possible.
“Now we have three games in a week and we have to make sure we get three wins and three good performances. I think we have to look to ourselves.
“We know that if we are really good, we have a good team, and we can beat everybody – we are probably one of the best teams in the league.
“It (sold out St James Park v Huddersfield) is a big boost and can only help us, we have to make it a good afternoon with three points.”