Fabian Schar has this to say to Newcastle United fans

Fabian Schar says he and his Newcastle United team-mates want to “give something back” to the club’s fans.

Tuesday, 31st December 2019, 6:00 am
Updated Tuesday, 31st December 2019, 6:10 am

Steve Bruce’s side take on Leicester City at St James’s Park tomorrow on the back of successive Premier League defeats.

Schar was on target in Saturday’s 2-1 home defeat to Everton. The loss left the club 11th in the league ahead of the game against Leicester, who beat Newcastle 5-0 at the King Power Stadium in September.

United are expecting a near-capacity attendance for the return fixture following the 10,000-ticket giveaway to season-ticket holders earlier this month, and Schar felt the “energy” from the sell-out crowd against Everton.

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“We need everybody,” said Schar, who is doubtful for Leicester with a hamstring problem.

“I think you can see in the game, even though we lost, that we showed a lot of spirit.

“Also, the fans gave us energy. We want to give them something back, and that’s the only way it works. We need them, they need us, I think. I’m really pleased to play here every game.

“Since I’ve been here we’ve had some special games here. It’s always a pleasure to play here. We know if we have a bad start, like today, they will give us something.”

Newcastle started poorly against Everton, who took the lead through Dominic Calvert-Lewin. Schar levelled after the break, but Calvert-Lewin netted a winner after a quick break forward.

“After the first 20 minutes, which were quite poor, I think we showed a reaction,” said Schar. “We equalised the game, and probably lost our heads a little bit. That’s something we probably have to work on.”

On his sixth United goal, Schar said: “I think I hit the ball quite well. It was a good flick from Andy (Carroll). At that point, I was really pleased to help the team. Now I’m disappointed about the result.

“So, for me, the goal is not something which makes me happy. I only want to win the games, and unfortunately we didn’t do it.

“Now we know it’s a new challenge (against Leicester). We play at home. We know how strong they are, but we just try everything (to win).”