1) Colback: Newcastle need to maintain standards
Newcastle United newboy Jack Colback says that his side must maintain their high standards for every Premier League game.
The Magpies may have been beaten by Manchester City in their opening game of the season, but they gave Manuel Pellegrini’s side an almighty scare and were unlucky to come away with nothing.
And Colback believes that they need to continue to play with that tempo and intensity, even against the lesser teams in the division, if they are to impress this season.
“You get nothing for a pat on the back in this league,” he said.
“There is no point upping our game against the better teams and then not performing against the so-called lesser sides, otherwise we will lose games.
“We need to make sure we are winning games. But if we apply ourselves like we did (on Sunday), I’m sure we can get some good results. We’ve got to do that every week, regardless of who we play.”
2) Remy Cabella thanks Newcastle fans
Remy Cabella has thanked the Newcastle United fans for creating such an atmosphere.
The Frenchman, brought in over the summer by Alan Pardew, dazzled on debut for the Magpies and has already shown that he has the class to be a hit in the Premier League.
In a racous atmosphere at St. James’ Park he shone even against England’s best team for last season and Cabella says that the noise levels at the match were a major boost for him in his first appearance.
“The atmosphere was exceptional,” he said.
“You think about it, and you play it out in your head, but you never really know until you set foot on the pitch.
“That’s when you feel the atmosphere, and I just want to say a massive thank you to the supporters, who were absolutely brilliant.”
3) Seb Larsson wants more goals
Sunderland’s Sebastian Larsson says that he wants to score more goals after opening his account for the season in Gus Poyet’s side’s first game against West Bromwich Albion.
The Black Cats drew 2-2 with Baggies, who had Alan Irvine in charge for the first time, with Larsson netting a late equaliser.
And the Swede says that he is now hoping to hit the back of the net on more regular occasions this season.
“It was nice and it is obviously pleasing personally to get on the scoresheet early on in the season, it is what you want to do and now I want to get a few more than last season,” he said.
“My goal is probably one of those where you should finish with your left, but I managed to open up my right foot and slot it in.
“We showed a bit of character and fight to get back into it.”
4) Poyet could change system
Gus Poyet admits that Sunderland could switch systems if they are to make any more signings during this transfer window.
The Uruguayan boss utilised a 4-3-3 formation in the opening Premier League fixture, but is still targeting at least three more players and if he gets his transfer targets he says that he may have to have a tactical rethink.
“I like to call it 4-3-3, because there’s two strikers and Jonno (Adam Johnson),” Poyet said. “Now, it depends how you perform, as to whether you change it.
“Depending on the next few additions, maybe there could be a bit of change in there. But most of the time, we will play like that.
“At the moment, we are not going to go to the three at the back which everyone is trying to play. I was convinced that that system is balanced, but you have to have the right wing-backs.”
5) Adomah hails Omeruo impact
Middlesbrough’s Albert Adomah has praised the club’s recruiting this summer and is particularly pleased to see Kenneth Omeruo at the club.
The defender, on loan from Chelsea, was at the World Cup with Nigeria – as was Adomah, with Ghana – and he says that having international players in the squad helps provide them with the experience.
“It’s always a positive when you have international players,” Adomah said.
“Not just players who have played in a World Cup like myself and Kenneth, but to have players who have represented their country. It brings a bit of experience.
“It’s great to have Kenneth back at the club. He was solid as a rock against Leeds. Yes, we conceded, but he brings a lot to the team.
“Every season the squad gets stronger, it improves year on year, but you need a strong squad because it’s a long season.”