The Geordie added: "You have to look at the bigger picture for the whole season. The boss has got all the experience in the world, he knows exactly what is required over the course of the campaign. You don't want to be sat on the sidelines, but you can't get too down. Your chance comes round pretty quickly.
"As the years go on it's becoming more and more of a squad game. Every game is important. But everyone here is happy to miss the odd game if you can win trophies at the end of the season.
"Each player has their own strengths, it's not like we have five players who are all exactly the same.
"There is a good variety, and that gives the boss options. So far it's worked pretty well. Players have come in and out, and it hasn't seemed to affect us. It's working really well."