Yoan Gouffran claims that the Newcastle players still retain confidence despite being rock bottom of the table without a win.
In the aftermath of the dramatic collapse against Manchester City and to a lesser extent Chelsea, Gouffran states the obvious, in saying the team has to play for more than just the first half.
After being a surprise selection for that match at the Etihad, the Newcastle player says the team can’t give up, which is a bit ironic considering that is what appeared to happen in that second half hammering.
In particular, both Gouffran and Anita went missing as goal after goal went in, giving their defence no cover.
Newcastle United going to pieces after conceding the first goal is hardly a new phenomenon, with it being a regular feature whilst Alan Pardew and John Carver were in charge.
The worry for the fans is that they are asking whether anything has really changed, especially with the defending.
Major surgery was needed and only Chancel Mbemba was brought in, which so far has proved nowhere near enough with only Sunderland conceding (one) more goals than United.
When you add Tim Krul now injured, playing a weak pairing of Vurnon Anita and Yoan Gouffran in front of your defence is simply throwing fuel on the fire.
Fingers crossed Jack Colback is fit enough to play on Sunday:
“We have to win against Norwich, not a draw.
“The confidence is still there but we have to show it for not just one half.”
“We can’t give up, we have to play like we did in the first half (at Manchester City) for all the game.
“If we do that, then I think we can win.”