Itâ€™s a vital home game today at St. Jamesâ€™ Park against Fulham and if we donâ€™t get a win it will be a massive disappointment.
The only way for Newcastle to get out of relegation trouble quickly is to start winning games, because draws and one point donâ€™t do it for us.
In the last 3 games weâ€™ve played well for 2/3 of the time, but itâ€™s that other 1/3 that has cost us points. Even last Monday our first half performance was not good, and because of that we went in at the break 1-0 down.
However, the second half was an excellent performance of guts and skill from the lads and we really deserved all 3 points.
But expectations are now high that we can get a win tomorrow, which will be Keeganâ€™s first win since returning to manage the club on January 16th.Â In our poll to the right a full 89% of our readers think we will win today, and only 3% believe we’ll lose. That’s with 438 votes cast so far, and the poll is still open, so please register your vote, if you haven’t already.
We expect the starting line-up to be the same that started the game last Monday and it will be a 4-3-3 formation, which allows Kevin to play three out and out strikers. Here’s the team that started last Monday:
Habib Beye Abdoulaye Faye Steven Taylor Jose Enrique
Geremi Nicky Butt Joey Barton
Oba Martins Mark Viduka Michael Owen (c)
Subs: Fraser Forster, Claudio Cacapa, Charles N’Zogbia, Alan Smith, Andy Carroll
We don’t know if Lamine Diatta will make the bench today, as he did play a full game for the Reserves at Bolton last Tuesday night. Peter Ramage also played his first game since recovering from his ACL injury suffered last August, and played a solid 65 minutes against Bolton.
Both Michael Owen and Oba Martins looked very menacing in the second half on Monday, and with Mark Viduka leading the line, we think we may be in the goals tomorrow, and that will be a nice change.
We expect the Newcastle fans to cheer on the team, and we would expect the players to respond in kind.
Of the 8 games remaining, this is probably the best chance we have of a win. Itâ€™s the easiest game on paper remaining. Anything but a win today will substantially thicken the storm clouds that have been over Tyneside these last 3 months.
What do you think? Should Kevin keep the same team?
Let us know.