Newcastle United's Yoan Goufrann says that past nine months have been tough.
Newcastle United star Yoan Gouffran has admitted that it has been tough playing for the club for the last nine months.
The Mapgies have consistently been on a poor run of form throughout the calendar year, with their form tailing off towards the back end of last season.
It has not picked up this season, either, with Alan Pardew's side locked firmly in the bottom half of the Premier League after a dreadful start.
They are still looking for a win, after failing to beat any of their opponents in their first seven league fixtures of the season, and already concerns are forming over the direction the side are heading.
It wasn't so long ago that Newcastle were relegated to the Championship and they will be desperate to avoid a repeat of that campaign, but if the Tynesiders are to do so then they will need a serious up-turn in their form.
Their current winless streak has turned the atmosphere around St. James' Park toxic and Gouffran admits that it has been hard playing for the team - although they are aiming to improve now.
“It was difficult as we lost games and we didn’t score,” he said to the Shields Gazette.
“We didn’t play very well. We understand the fans – they were disappointed and a little bit angry."
“But we have to look forward and give 100 per cent for the club."
“We want to win and take points.”
Newcastle's last fixture came against Swansea City and they showed good fight to come from behind to rescue a point.
It wasn't the result they were after, but it still showed the heart and battle they will need to dig themselves out of the hole they have made for themselves and Gouffran says it has given them belief.
"It was a very good point for us and our confidence,” he said.
“We scored two goals, and I think it’s a great point for the team and the fans.”
Their task will now be to build on that performance after the international break and their first chance to do that will be in two weeks time when they take on Leicester City.