It will be a very welcome sight when Irishman Damien Duff starts his first game of the season at St. Jamesâ€™ Park this evening, when he will line up on the left wing.
Damien Duff – first home start this season – give the lad a big welcome
After his almost career-ending ankle injury suffered at Portsmouth last April, weâ€™re sure the Newcastle fans will give him a fantastic welcome back tonight. And since heâ€™s been out so long, Damien has looked surprisingly good in the last couple of games, and we thought he worked hard in Saturdayâ€™s game against his old side Chelsea and looked decent, at the very least.
He can be a key player for us the rest of the season, and provide a double thrust on the wings, with James Milner. The Irishman, born and bred in Dublin, told the Chronicle today:
â€œWe want to start 2008 with a bang.â€ “We all need to stick together and that includes the staff, players and fans.â€ â€œI know the fans werenâ€™t happy at Wigan the other day, but I think at Chelsea we were better and deserved something out of the game.â€
â€œMan City is a massive game for us.â€ â€œWe want to get back to winning ways, especially in front of our own fans.â€ â€œWeâ€™ve had a disappointing Christmas period and just want to get back to winning ways for them.â€
â€œWe are disappointed at the moment but hopefully we can take it into the Man City game.â€ â€œIt isnâ€™t a case of just getting something out of the game â€“ we want three points.â€ â€œWe have to get the win. We can take a lot out of the game at Chelsea â€“ we could have won but now we hope to get the win tonight.â€
We think Sam will play an attacking 4-4-2 tonight and think this team would do very well.
Beye Taylor Cacapa Nâ€™Zogbia
Milner Faye Emre Duff
Subs: Harper Rozehnal Geremi Enrique Martins
With Milner and Duff on the wings, we can cause Manchester City a lot of problems tonight. But weâ€™re unsure whether Sam will risk starting Michael Owen, but Michael must be played so he can give something to the team this year. His finishing has been desperately missed these last 6 weeks and with him in the side, we probably would have scored more goals and got more points.
Weâ€™re also not sure Big Sam can leave Butt completely out of his 16, since Nicky has been playing really well recently, but we do have that game on Saturday at Stoke City which could be very tough for us.
But first things first â€“ a win tonight â€“ and make sure those of you who are at the game â€“ give a big cheer for Damien on his return â€“ and also for Michael Owen of course. They might just reward us with match-winning performances – wouldn’t that be something. 😀
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