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Newcastle star promises season-long struggle

3 years ago
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There will be no chance to relax this season for Newcastle United according to DeAndre Yedlin.

The right-back out in another great shift on Saturday and his pace got the team out of trouble a few times, just as was the case in the previous home match against Liverpool.

However, the normal main attacking route for Newcastle was largely blocked, as Palace did a really good job on Ritchie & Yedlin down the right side.

That was central to a largely toothless performance going forward but DeAndre Yedlin believes this sums up the Premier League, even at home against the bottom team who had lost seven of their eight matches without scoring a goal ‘it took literally the whole game to beat them (Palace)’.

In fact, if you are honest, neither side really deserved to win in that last match, though as Yedlin says, ‘it was great’ for Mikel Merino to come off the bench and score the winner – his first ever goal in English football.

A season-long struggle lies ahead, with the USA international believing ‘every team will be a threat’.

With Rafa’s reliance on a solid defence and counter-attacking, Newcastle are rarely going to look set to take any team apart, especially with the lack of quality up front.

DeAndre Yedlin talks about everybody doing whatever it takes ‘to help the team’ and that is the only route to potential success this season, unless there is significant investment in the team in January.

DeAndre Yedlin talking to the Chronicle:

“It’s great (to be 7th at the minute) but we can’t get ahead of ourselves – still a lot more to do and still so early in the season.

“We will just keep pushing and try to get the results we need.

“It (Burnley on Monday) will be tough, every game in this league is tough.

“People will probably look at the win against Crystal Palace, bottom of the table, and think it was easy, but it wasn’t easy by any means.

“It took literally the whole game to beat them, they had chances as well, every team will be a threat.

“We are prepared and ready for the battle ahead, the win against Crystal Palace wasn’t the prettiest but we’re happy with three points.

“It was a great win because we fought and battled hard and it was great for him (Mikel Merino) to come on like he did and score such a huge goal.

“That’s exactly what we need, it just shows what we are doing here and sums up our team. The guys are willing to do whatever they can to help the team.”

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