Having a tough time on the losing side

Eaglesveteran TJ Walker has admitted he is finding it tough captaining the side through what has been a disappointing season so far for the club.

Eaglesveteran TJ Walker has admitted he is finding it tough captaining the side through what has been a disappointing season so far for the club.

But Walker still believes they can bounce back against Guildford at the Arena tonight.

It wasn't the kind of campaign that Walker had anticipated during the summer months when he postponed his plans to retire from the game.

Walker (pictured) has spoken candidly of his disappointment with the way things have gone so far with the club having lost their BBL Cup last Sunday and left languishing in the lower reaches of the league table with a 5-5 record.

"It is not fun losing games and after we failed against the Rocks in the semi-final last Sunday, we all found out after two years of winning, just how bad it feels to lose a big game like that.

"I am now a captain of a losing team and that's tough after all of the success we have had. It shows that we have real choices to make otherwise we will continue to be a side that wins a couple of games and then loses a couple of games.

"For whatever reason, the team just can't play the kind of defence we need on a consistent basis and that affects everything we do as a team.

"We keep saying the same things over and over and now we have to get our season back on track. Confidence might be a little low but we need to turn it around starting with Guildford, and I think we can turn it around."

League leaders Guildford Heat arrive in Newcastle having lost just once all season, ironically to the Eagles whilst also reaching the BBL Cup Final meaning both teams would have met again next month had Newcastle not capitulated against the Rocks in Braehead during their last game.

The Springfield Honda-backed club will then make the long trip to the capital in the morning to face former coach Tony Garbelotto and his London United.

Interestingly, it was Garbelotto who predicted a fall from grace for the Eagles having told me that despite beating his side, he feared for Fab Flournoy's team. Indeed the very next day, Newcastle suffered a humiliation on their home court against a rampant Sheffield and have since lost one of their four trophies.

Even Walker pointed out that every game is now a real final for the side.

"In recent seasons we have been used to being able to classify games in our minds as to how important they are.

"Now we are the team near the bottom and the game with Guildford isn't about the team currently at the top of the league against the holders of the league title.

"This is a game that means everything to us for the simple fact we desperately need a win against whoever we play. We no longer have the luxury of even thinking we can relax. The tables have turned."


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