After the latest defeat at Stamford Bridge, Andros Townsend claims that being scared of playing away matches isn’t part of the problem.
However, on the evidence of Saturday’s embarrassingly easy defeat, the claims looks a bit hollow, especially as nerves appeared to play a big part as countless mistakes, particularly early on, handed goals and the game to Chelsea.
Andros Townsend though says there was nothing in the dressing room to suggest what lay ahead, saying the team were ‘full of confidence’ and felt they were ‘good enough to get a point’.
The January signing says he has ‘no doubt…that eventually we will get it right….and the results will start coming’, let’s hope that is sooner rather than later with only 12 matches remaining to get the points to survive.
A sobering thought though for ‘expectations’ of points on the road…
In the last 19 Premier League away matches, the equivalent of a full season of away fixtures, Newcastle’s record reads:
Played 19 Won 2 Drawn 1 Lost 16 – 7 points from a possible 57
There is something seriously wrong with the mentality of this Newcastle team, certainly the players who have been around a while.
It (the away record in particular) has seemingly dragged the likes of summer signings Mitrovic and Wijnaldum down as well, so no wonder Shelvey and Andros Townsend were the only two outfield players who appeared to have any belief at all against Chelsea.
Andros Townsend talking to BBC Newcastle:
“It is nothing in the dressing room, the lads are not coming here scared.
“We came here full of confidence, we felt we were good enough to get a point but on the day we were nowhere near.
“We have got the players in the dressing room to get us out of this situation. I have no doubt in my mind that eventually we will get it right, things will start clicking and the results will start coming.”