‘With the size of Newcastle they should be in the Premier League’
The latest person to declare that Newcastle United shouldn’t be in the Championship, is Greg Cunningham.
The Republic of Ireland international started off in the Premier League with Manchester City but after only a handful of games went out on loan before eventually signing for Bristol City, then moving on to Preston in summer 2015.
First choice defender Cunningham was one of nine first team players left out at St James Park on Tuesday but says that all of the players, whether they played or not, are desperate for ‘revenge’!
Greg Cunningham says that everybody connected to Newcastle United will feel they should be in the Premier League but as we all know, the players have to show every week that they deserve to be in that top tier.
You would imagine Preston will have a real go from the first whistle, after that six goal thrashing, so Newcastle may well need to do some defending of their own on Saturday.
Like Newcastle, Aston Villa sold the whole 5,600 ticket allocation but with wins already this month over Villa and Norwich, Cunningham believes Preston have shown they can compete with clubs who have much better resources.
Greg Cunningham talking to the Lancashire Evening Post:
“With the size of Newcastle they should be in the Premier League and that’s what they’re aiming to do this season.
“I think they’ve sold out their allocation. There’ll be a great crowd like there always is at Deepdale so hopefully we can get off to a good start and get the crowd buzzing like they’ve been all season for us.
“We’re happy in the sense that we play them (Newcastle) again soon…
“With the result, regardless of who was playing and who wasn’t involved, we do want to bounce back and seek revenge as such at home in front of our home crowd at the weekend.
“I’m sure they’ll feel they shouldn’t be in this league and should be pushing to get back into the Premier League.
“It’s a great marker for us to show where we’re at. You look at the following Villa brought and we obviously ended up doing them 2-0 at home which was great. There are some top teams in this division.
“There’s no easy games in this league, it’s probably one of the most competitive Championships in a long while but you look at the fixtures we’ve had, they’ve been against the top teams and we’ve done well.
“We know what we’re capable of doing in the dressing room and we’re glad we’ve been able to prove that. We now look towards Saturday and hope to continue our good run in the league. Confidence is flowing,
“Tuesday night was a bit of a blip and we’ve talked about it and parked that up. We have been in great form and there’s a great atmosphere around the place. We’re up to ninth now and we want to keep pushing on.
“No matter who we play we always seem like we’re upsetting the odds but in house we know what we’re more than capable of doing.”
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