Javier Manquillo claims he and his Toon teammates have accepted they must all “stick together” after a “tough” week – feeling it’s the only way we can come out of this relegation battle on top.
Toon players were reportedly dejected and angry in the aftermath of our 3-0 loss to Brighton, with Ryan Fraser revealing that they “got stuff off their chests” after the defeat.
Ciaran Clark has also claimed that we “weren’t up for it” against The Seagulls – an alarming comment given it was billed our biggest game of the season to date.
We currently sit just two points above the drop zone and have a daunting fixture list ahead of us where we play six of the top eight in our final nine games.
Spaniard Manquillo has spoken to NUFC TV to declare that the squad is still working hard and fighting to stay in the Premier League, also explaining why the international break came at a good time for the team.
Here is what he said ahead of our clash with Spurs on Sunday, revealing how the players have now got their heads together in a bid to turn the corner after the “doom and gloom” that followed that dismal defeat at The Amex:
“Nothing went right on the night (against Brighton) because we knew it was a really big opportunity to gain a boost in confidence and to move forward.
“And one way or another we really missed out on the chance.
“Now I think we have to reassess things and think about the next game.
“Obviously the atmosphere after missing out on that opportunity and losing 3-0, well it was tough to take and everybody realised that.
“But everybody is working really hard right now because we know that every one of those nine games are going to be difficult and we have to give everything in them.”
“I think that this break came at the right time for us because after such a tough defeat we needed to draw a line under it and have a turning point.
“We now need to put it out of our minds and focus on those next nine games ahead and doing as well as we can because we are convinced results will come if we perform well.
“It was a painful defeat so after the game was doom and gloom.
“Now we all have to be more united and together to get us out of this situation however we can.
“If we don’t stick together we can’t achieve anything and I believe everyone in the squad realises that.
“We have to forget about what happened at Brighton because it was a bitter blow, we have to pull together more than ever because if we are on form and playing well we can turn this situation around.”
Some comforting comments from Manquillo, but they’ll mean nothing if we don’t react when Tottenham come to Tyneside on Sunday.