Wednesday saw yet another frustrating result for Newcastle as Rafa Benitez’s side could only manage a point. Despite looking comfortable against Ian Holloway’s QPR side. Ciaren Clark’s own goal allowed the R’s to take a point. In his post match interview, Holloway made a point about Newcastle fans not getting behind their side enough. As much as it pains me to say so, you would have to agree with him. The atmosphere at St. James’ Park is flat and has been for a long time. Of course, United fans have produced some electric atmospheres at points in the season. However, for a while now the noise has left St. James’.
Steve McClaren will be making his first return to Tyneside since being sacked in March of last year. Hopefully, this will provide some sort of catalyst for fans to get behind their team. The complacency which has gripped the stands is beginning to transfer to the pitch. Although United fans have a right to expect a side who have spent so heavily to beat the likes of QPR, it shouldn’t mean that the fans fail to turn up the volume in the stands. A large part of the most entertaining games to grip St. James’ has been down to the amazing atmosphere the fans can produce.
Furthermore, with Benitez becoming increasingly frustrated with the board. It is important to remind him exactly what he means to the fans of this football club. Only an atmosphere akin to that of the Tottenham game at the end of last season will do. If fans can produce such an atmosphere then there is no doubt that United will cruise to victory on Saturday. However, a similar story will occur to Wednesday night if the fans don’t turn up. Hopefully, with a sold out St. James’ Park behind them, Newcastle will be able to gain the win which will be much needed.
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