Things will not get any easier for Newcastle United, after playing 3 of the bottom 4 clubs recently, and getting a meager 4 points from those games against Wigan, Derby County and Fulham, the upcoming opposition looks an awful lot tougher.
Chris and Big Sam – tough times for Newcastle United
The 4 points we got were lucky too, when you think we had a penalty with one minute left at Craven Cottage and scored an 87th minute equalizer against Derby County on Sunday.
Newcastle next five away fixtures are against Chelsea, Manchester United, Arsenal, Aston Villa and Liverpool. Squeezed in between them is a tough 3rd round FA Cup tie at Stoke City a week on Saturday.
Our next four home games are against Manchester City, Bolton, Middlesbrough and Manchester United. So the upcoming games will all be fairly tough, since Bolton Wanderers are now not the pushover they were earlier in the season.
However, in a couple of weeks we’ll also be losing Oba Martins, Geremi, Habib Beye and Abdoulaye Faye to the African Nations Cup. Alan Smithâ€™s booking yesterday also means both the stand-in skipper and Nicky Butt are now on a total of 8 yellow cards and only two away from a two-match ban. Seems like we have lots of problems in the immediate future on the playing side of things at Newcastle.
So it will certainly not be easy for the club. But if the lads decide they will fight to the death in each and every game and show some of the spirit of former great Newcastle sides, you never know what might happen.
But any other games like yesterday and Sam will be in really deep water, that’s for sure.
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