Siem de Jong says it’s only a matter of time before Newcastle United’s jigsaw pieces start to fit, writes Miles Starforth.
Steve McClaren’s winless side level on points in the Premier League with basement club Sunderland.
The team was booed off the pitch after Saturday’s 2-1 home defeat to Watford.
And patience is wearing thin on Tyneside a little over a month into the new campaign.
McClaren’s side are back in action tomorrow night when they take on Sheffield Wednesday at St James’s Park in a third round Capital One Cup tie.
And forward de Jong says he and his team-mates are hopeful McClaren can quickly solve the club’s jigsaw puzzle.
“Everyone believes we can do it,” said de Jong. “It’s just a matter of putting the pieces together.
“At one point it’s going to fit and we’re going to get the results. It’s always difficult at the beginning of the season with a new manager and new players.
“Sometimes it fits straight away, and sometimes it takes a few weeks.
“Wednesday is an important game as well. We want to progress in the cup and we want everybody in – the players that played and the players that didn’t play.
“We need to be strong and we need to focus on that now.
“We’re disappointed we didn’t win (against Watford).
“You want to win every home game, so we’re disappointed. We want to figure out how we can get the win. That’s what we want to do, starting with the cup game.
“We want to win as much as everybody else.
“We shouldn’t get sucked in too much. We need to keep sticking together.
“We’re only a couple of months together with this group and the new manager and coaching staff, and we need to figure out the way we need to play.
“We’re in that process now, and we’re not getting the results we want.
“We got a good result at Man United away, but we’re not playing as we want to play. We know that.
“We’re going to work hard together as a team.”
Odio Ighalo scored two first-half goals for newly-promoted Watford, but Newcastle improved after the break.
Daryl Janmaat pulled a goal back for McClaren’s side, and de Jong – who is likely to start against Wednesday – was frustrated he couldn’t find the net himself.
“We said if we get a goal, anything can happen,” said de Jong.
“In the second half, it could have gone the other way. We knew when we got the goal, we had to fight for it.
“They were defending with a lot of players, and coming out on the counter-attack.
“With a little bit more luck, it could have been 2-2, especially with my chance with the header and the shot with which I couldn’t get the power in. I was disappointed with that.
“For me, it was difficult to get in the No 10 position and get on the ball.
“On the other side, you want to get in the box when the ball comes.
“You want to be close to the striker. It’s difficult for me ... you maybe don’t get as many touches as you want.
“If I’d had a little bit more luck, I could have got a goal, but I didn’t get it.”