Newcastle will look to get back on track on Saturday when they entertain high-flying Portsmouth at St. Jamesâ€™ Park.
Harry Redknapp has done just great again for Portsmouth and they are not only a good team, but they also play some attractive football.
However, as Harry is probably only too aware, Newcastle always seem to play well against Portsmouth, at least at St. James’ Park, and have won in recent seasons, every time.
Portsmouth manager Harry Redknapp - knows it will be difficult to get anything on Saturday
Portsmouthâ€™s last win at St. Jamesâ€™ Park was a 3-1 opening day defeat on August 20, 1949. Since that defeat Newcastle have won 19 and drawn four of their 23 league meetings on Tyneside, including 11 wins in the last 13 encounters. That record looks even better when you include last season’s 3-0 Carling Cup win at St. James’ Park.
So history is on our side and weâ€™re sure Sam will let his players know just that â€“ and hopefully that will help spur them on with what has to be all 3 points on Saturday. We want to see the team play against Portsmouth as though their lives depended on it.
And when we hopefully get those 3 points against Pompey, Sam has to tell the players thereâ€™s just no way we can lose to Sunderland in the next match â€“ which happens to be at the Stadium of Light. Weâ€™re good enough to capture all 6 points in the next 2 games â€“ but we have to play our hearts out â€“ and none of this Reading nonsense. So it looks like our first away win of the season can actually come at Sunderland.
If we can do that, weâ€™ll be well positioned and we then have lots of games coming up before the end of the year. But hopefully before then, at least our defense will be sorted out.
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