Right back Kieran Trippier remarked that Newcastle United hasn’t lived up to their expectations this season, noting that his own performances have suffered as his eighth-placed team lost four of their past five Premier League games.
Newcastle was defeated 3-1 at St. James’ Park on Tuesday by a struggling Nottingham Forest team, who are currently in 16th place, after they had already been eliminated from both the Champions League and League Cup.
Trippier declared he “won’t shy away” from his recent struggles, even though a lot of their issues can be linked to a demanding fixture calendar and a long injury list during their 20-year hiatus from Europe’s top club competition.
Eddie Howe, the manager of Newcastle, supported the 33-year-old England international last week despite his expensive mistakes during his team’s League Cup quarterfinal loss to Chelsea.
“The standards we have set throughout the last 18 months, we have come away from them a little bit in the last few games,” Trippier told Amazon Prime.
“My standards have dropped, and my own performances have been nowhere near recently.
“I have had a lot of setbacks in my career and this is just another one where I need to keep going and keep believing. I have always got that belief to bounce back.”
Trippier expressed his confidence that Newcastle will make amends.
“It is a lot of games and being in Europe has been a challenge for the club.
“The majority of the players are not used to playing in the Champions League and it’s been a challenge for the team,” he said.
“We’ve had a lot of injuries; the lads have given everything and worked hard for each other but we have to start the second half of the season strong.
“Teams always go through moments and we are going through one now but football changes quickly and for sure this team will bounce back.”
Newcastle next visit league leaders Liverpool on Monday.