I can’t stand some of the pointless negativity at times…
Newcastle United travel to Burnley on Monday night, with fans eagerly anticipating the next chapter of our campaign back in the big time.
It very much seems there’s a few individuals in the squad demonstrating they’re potentially Premier League quality, and I say potentially not because I don’t believe they are, just it takes a gruelling season or two competing under all different circumstance to gain the accolade.
So far we’ve seen compact and organised Rafa-esque performances, with our points largely being down to the discipline of our players to do their jobs, cover each other and work their socks off.
The last being the most important, as that is the one factor that keeps every Geordie engaged for the full 90 minutes.
We all understand the importance of Rafa’s presence and how in essence we owe everything to him for the success we’ve had under his stewardship.
This is why on matchdays there is a ‘Rafa-shrine’ in the Gallowgate, and repeated chants in appreciation.
It is due to his presence that Matt Ritchie was willing to drop a division, under his guidance Lascelles developed the confidence to demonstrate his leadership/defensive abilities, and Rafa’s tactical astuteness as to why we have won/drawn games we may possibly shouldn’t have.
Still, we must take nothing away from the players, as on the day it has been themselves who have stood up to the plate.
The one thing we all love about Rafa is that he gets us, he understands what it means to us for 11 blokes to run around a field wearing our crest.
That in return means each of the players fielded are instructed to constantly demonstrate the most important attribute required to be successful at our club – attitude.
Now Rafa has had an input we are signing players that are thriving with the fans, and more importantly, we have a squad who have bought into our passion.
We must remember that days are young and each minute on the pitch in the PL is a learning curve for plenty of our potentially extremely talented players.
After all, we have a squad heavily tipped for a relegation battle (not saying we’re safe by any stretch), plus a team constantly backed against with pundits predictions – although the latter is something we’re used to.
On Monday we play a very organised Sean Dyche team, a manager who only recently has been recognised for his work – yet still probably doesn’t get enough credit.
Burnley are battlers, have a decent squad, and more importantly have a squad with proven experience of grinding results in the PL, even against the best.
I’m not being pessimistic, because I fully believe if each and every one of our starting 11 turn up and follow instruction, then we can win the game.
Just being more realistic to say that whilst some players are still learning there will be results go against us, mistakes that cost us points, and decisions as always that will sway things.
The players are matching our passion, now let’s give them each our passion.
We should embrace individual mistakes, knowing that each mistake will help the player in the future, either from within or Rafa himself.
We should be happy to see our team lose tight games where 100% is left on the field, seeing it as a learning curve for the team.
It must feel horrible to lose a game you possibly should have won in front of so many doting fans, or even worse to make an individual error which ends up costly.
But when each of them occur we should ensure we get fully behind each of the players & staff – not question anything, just be supportive of when they’re back on the training field.
It’s hard to take that after some games there have been Newcastle fans questioning the selection, subs, tactics etc.
I understand the perspective that at times other players may add a different dimension to the team in games.
But what I can’t fully understand (because I don’t see it), is the meticulous tactical work Rafa places behind each of the players in the team, or the players who constantly outperform others on the training field.
It will be down to these factors why our matchday squads have been as they have, and we should trust Rafa with every team – get behind, not question – and prepare for any slips in form to be dealt with at Little Benton.
I understand and thrive upon hearing the opinion of others, but I can’t stand some of the pointless negativity at times, when us fans should be using our energy to positively encourage everyone connected to the football club.
Through the thick and the thin, good and the bad.
On Monday it may be one of those games where the result may slip by, after all, we’re playing a team with experience of picking off teams like us in the PL.
The one bonus being, we’re learning more about our players week by week – and from what we’ve seen so far, we can say there’s definitely enough talent to take all 3 points.
One thing to always remember though – during the 90 minutes it’s down to the players to show themselves – and during every minute of each player being at the club it’s our responsibility to pick them up, cheering them endlessly for 90 minutes, and constantly supporting them to develop themselves on the training ground.
The Premier League is about singing in the storm, not running from the rain.
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