It is all a bit surreal…
The aftermath of the Sunderland match left Newcastle fans with just shy of two weeks to torture themselves about the next game and the relegation struggle as a whole.
International breaks are tedious enough in normal circumstances but to have one at this stage of the season, also encompassing what is normally an action packed Easter of football fixtures, it has just seemed endless.
Now though I feel like we have been lulled to sleep under false pretences and suddenly wake up with a Tsunami heading our way.
Or a bit like one of those lazy rivers at water parks, floating along without a care in the world, only to now discover there is the equivalent of Niagara Falls suddenly approaching and we are going to be swept over the top in a barrel onto the jagged rocks far below.
After these 10 days of sheer boredom, I find it all but impossible to believe that Newcastle fans have woke with a start this morning to rudely discover that we play Norwich in only 72 hours time?
How has that happened?
One minute you are making yourself sick secretly eating the bairn’s last easter egg….only then to feel even worse as you see this relegation disaster movie hurtling to its conclusion.
When I step into Carrow Road on Saturday, it will only be 43 days until the final Premier League action of the season.
A bit like your life as age piles on, you wonder where did all that time go.
This Saturday there is only one answer and it is for all 11 players to come out and get at Norwich City from the very first minute.
No waiting for an hour as they did against Sunderland, before realising that the mackems were at least as rubbish as us – and if everybody ran about that little bit more, tried that little bit harder and played for their team-mates as well as themselves…then who knows, maybe we could grab goals and points.
I saw extended highlights of the Norwich win over West Brom and it was shocking.
Not saying the Canaries didn’t deserve to win…well I am, it was a match where neither side should have got any points because it was so bad.
What they did show though was that they really really wanted the win and the points – I get the feeling that maybe their players thought…’right, this is it, let’s chuck everything at this game and if we win we’ll have a chance of staying up, if not at least we have given it a go’.
Norwich had won none of their previous 11 matches and had thrown away winning positions a number of times, some in dramatic circumstances.
If they had lost at West Brom then I have a feeling that Norwich may have just folded like a pack of cards for the rest of the season.
They didn’t and they haven’t…and now they will be approaching Saturday with far more confidence than they would have otherwise.
This is what Newcastle need, a start.
Our players need to throw everything into this game and from the first second to the last, play like their lives depend on it.
All they need is a win to kick things off and the other remaining seven games take on a different complexion – most of them against rival teams at the bottom or clubs who very likely will have little of significance to play for by the time we play them.
Past seasons show that desperate clubs pick up a lot of what appear on the surface to be surprising results, as they have everything to play for and the opposition thinking ‘work done, here comes the beach’.
To stand a chance of avoiding relegation, Newcastle simply have to be better than the other rubbish teams and try harder than those with nothing to play for.
Newcastle United have got the best Manager, all we need now are the players with the best attitude in these final six weeks of the season.
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