Disappointment is the overwhelming emotion following Monday night’s defeat to Sunderland but it’s good we’ve got another home game straight away.
The boys were hurting after the game and we obviously didn’t set out for it to go that way, but these things can happen and things don’t always go to plan.
They played a 3-5-2 formation and we touched on the fact that they’d used that previously in our build-up to the game, and the explanation was given to us about how we would attack that.
You’ve got to try and work between the centre-backs and the full-backs and drag the centre-backs out as much as possible and maybe we didn’t get to grips with that as well as we would have liked.
It’s a learning process and we have to be able to adapt to situations like that. The boys tried to do that but it just wasn’t meant to be. To be fair Sunderland played outstanding in that respect, they played very deep but they did a damn good job of restricting us to not too many chances.
You’re sometimes left scratching your head but it’s up to the guys out there to try and unlock them, and other teams will try and fail to do that again this season.
It’s strange that we’ve restarted after the three international breaks slowly. It could be argued that you don’t get to work on team shape as much as you would like, but playing on Monday gave us some extra time.
The boys were in good spirits following the Liverpool win, and those of us that came back from playing for our countries were too, and will be the same going into this game as we can’t feel sorry for ourselves - we have to pick ourselves up and right a wrong.
Hopefully that can start against a Newcastle team who will be organised and disciplined to try and get a result, as most teams are coming to Selhurst these days. They will be fighting for their lives and they’re not going to come here and roll over for us.
We’re going to have to earn our money because it’ll be a battle, and this time we’re hoping that we can find a little bit of quality to unlock their defence, keep it that way and get another goal to the win the game.
Another positive from Monday was the return of Marouane Chamakh. He’s a guy I’ve got a lot of admiration for because of what he’s done for us and how he goes about his business on the pitch as he’s someone you can count on.
It’s been a frustrating time for him of late but to see Cham back on that pitch getting the reception he got was deserved, and it was great to see him with a smile on his face again.
When he gets more minutes under his belt he can be more of a threat for us because he’s an influential player, and hopefully we’ll see the best of him in the coming weeks. He, as well as the rest of the squad, will have a key role to play as the fixtures begin to pile up.