Tomorrow is the time Newcastle players have to put all the happenings of the last two weeks behind them, and show what good professionals they are, by going out and trying to win the game at Upton Park. Just like they would if Kevin Keegan had still been in charge at the club.
Unfortunately our injuries are mounting and we’ll be without Mark Viduka, Jonas Gutierrez, Oba Martins, Habib Beye, Jose Enrique and Alan Smith for tomorrow, with both Joey Barton and Danny Guthrie banned for Saturday’s game.
Stand-in manager Chris Hughton will again be assisted by Richard Money, and there seems a vague hope that Oba Maretins will be fit, but that has to be a long shot. However, Damien Duff is available, and we think Chris will start Damien, because of his experience, plus the fact he’s looked like a different player this season, after losing some weight over the summer.
We also expect Ignacio “Nacho” Gonzalez to make his first team debut, and the Uruguayan looked good when he came on in the second half last Saturday.
We think the team that Chris Hughton will pick for Saturday’s game will be the following:
Taylor Bassong Coloccini N’Zogbia
Geremi Butt Gonzalez Duff
Xisco Owen (c)
Subs: Harper, Cacapa, Tozer, Wiafe-Danquah, Ameobi, LuaLua, Donaldson
But make no mistake, the attitude of the players has to be completely different from what it was last Saturday, for us to get anything at all out of this game.
The time is over for the players to feel sorry for themselves, and they should look at this game as an opportunity to put things right after last week’s terrible display.
On the positive side, we think it’s very possible to win this game, and this is what the players must think, and then go out and get the job done. Last week may have been excusable, because of all the terrible goings on at the club, but not this time out.
We think anything but a defeat tomorrow will in fact be a decent result for us.
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