Newcastle trained yesterday with both interim manager Joe Kinnear and coach Chris Hughton looking on to see which players would be ready for tonight’s crucial game against Manchester City.
Kinnear told the Evening Chronicle today:
“Oba Martins is way ahead of what was his scheduled return following his knee injury. He will start for us tonight and I will monitor just how long he plays.”
“He has trained very well in the last couple of days and, while he has yet to play for me, I know all about his track record and we are looking to him to provide the spark for us tonight.”
It’s great that Oba will be back, as he can fill in for the injured Michael Owen, so hopefully we will not be short of firepower up front.
“I don’t expect Oba to get one that quickly, but an early goal from him tonight – or from anyone else for that matter – would certainly come in handy.”
Not too surprising a fact, is that Newcastle have the worst record of any team in the Premier League in the first half of games so far this season. We never seem to wake up before we are behind, and we just cannot allow that to happen tonight against a talented Manchester City side.
It turns out that we have never led in any league game at half time this season, so it’s a good time tonight to change that.
If we can forge ahead by half time the crowd can help the lads through in the final 45 minutes, because we need all 3 points badly tonight, make no mistake about that.
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