We have a vital league game at St. James’ Park today, against West Ham United, which kicks off in a short 4 hours time at 1:30 pm local time.
The game is televised live in England on Sky Sports 1 and over here in the USA on Setanta Sports and there are 5 games in the Premiership taking place today.
One question Newcastle fans may be asking is which Newcastle team will turn up today, after Monday night’s extremely poor performance.
Sam Allardyce – will have the team ready to go today – from the first whistle
Last Monday’s game was a big let down for Newcastle fans, because it looked like the team just couldn’t get going, for whatever reason. It wasn’t a lack of effort, it was just one of those nights where they looked lethargic and from the first kick, Derby were always first to the ball.
We can cure that today. Right from the kick off we must be first to the ball and win all 50-50 balls. That’s what Big Sam will be telling the lads before they come out today and that will help us get a grip of the game. We should be able to tell after the first 10 minutes what kind of game this is going to be for the lads.
Even though Monday night was depressing, a win today will go a long way to lift the depression and see us move up the league handily. We’ll then look in good shape after our first 6 games in the league with 11 points and a good goal difference of at least 3 â€“ better than most.
With Sam Allardyce a very good and experienced manager, we don’t expect lethargy to be allowed to creep into two successive games.Â So while last Monday’s performance may creep in now and again this season â€“ we expect the vast majority of our games will see Newcastle fully awake and ready to take all 3 points.
Today will be a good test of that â€“ 3 points and things will look a little more rosy in the garden. We still think we can win at least 2-1, but a clean sheet would also be very nice.Â Not long to go before we know how this one pans out. We’ll have a report on the team before KO, a half time report and then a full report immeidately after the game with comments from Sam and the players.
Come on the lads!