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Let's stay positive, urges Yanga-Mbiwa after Newcastle's nightmare start to new season
MAPOU YANGA-MBIWA has urged his Newcastle United teammates to forget about Monday's nightmare start to the Premier League season and try to stay positive.
The Magpies opened their 2013-14 account with a 4-0 defeat at Manchester City, in which centre-half Steven Taylor received a first-half red card for taking a swing at Sergio Aguero. But Yanga-Mbiwa does not want one defeat to define a season, with Saturday's home game against West Ham United already on the horizon.
“We need to forget this game. We need to be positive for the next two games because we are at home and the season will start then for us, I hope,” said the French defender, who started at left-back at the Etihad but moved inside after Taylor's dismissal.
“We knew the first game was going to be difficult and now we need to work hard at the training ground to progress. After we do that we can move on from this result, I think.
“It was difficult to lose and it was difficult to lose like that. I don’t like to lose any game - no player plays to lose and after a 4-0 defeat it’s very difficult for the defenders and the rest of the team because it does not look good on us.
“We have to continue to work and to not let it ruin our season. We have to work hard and we have two games at home now, we must go out and try to win those games.
“It is too early to say that we will struggle this season. I do not agree that you can judge us on one game.”
In mitigation, the Magpies struggled against a team which has had unprecedented level of financial assistance in purchasing players such as Fernandinho, Jesus Navas and Stevan Jovetic, the latter of which could not even get on the bench on Monday.
But Yanga-Mbiwa feels that their own new signing, Loic Remy, will give his side a boost in the coming weeks.
“I think Manchester City are a big team,” said Yanga-Mbiwa. “They have new players and they have improved from last year. I think they are going to win the Premier League - that is certainly a possibility.
For Newcastle - Loic Remy will come back next week. I think when that happens we will be better because he is a very good player.
I don’t know about new signings, it is not for me to answer this question. It is for the gaffer or for the boss. This first game is very bad for the players and for the fans of Newcastle.
“It looks bad to lose like this but we have good players and players who can score goals. Remy, Moussa (Sissoko), (Papiss) Cisse - they can score goals and now it is up to the team to try and make the opportunities for them to do that. We have to progress and work hard.”
The 24-year-old was a January signing from Montpellier and is not a natural fit for the left-back role, with Paul Dummett a much more suitable proposition, but Yanga-Mbiwa is convinced he will perform to a higher standard alongside Fabricio Coloccini in the absence of the suspended Taylor.
“Davide was a bit injured so the gaffer asked me to play on the left. It’s normal for me to fill in there if they need to play there,” he said.
“I’m very sorry that Steven Taylor took a red card. I think the gaffer has a choice - if he puts me at centre-back I will do my very best. It is a position I like.
“I’m sorry for the fans about how it went. We tried but it did not happen for us.”
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