When Jonas Gutierrez and Joey Barton came on late in the game as subs against Sunderland, they almost got a late equalizer for the team, that would have made all the difference in the world.
Jonas Gutierrez – likely to start on Tuesday against WBA
Joe Kinnear told the Newcastle Evening Chronicle today:
“I thought Barton did very well when he came on. I am getting criticized already for bringing him back, but I’ve got to do the best I possibly can with the squad that I’ve got.”
“I’m not going to listen to people or pay lip service to anybody. I’m playing Joey Barton because he’s a good player.” “I’m not going to have anybody else tell me different.”
Both Barton and Gutierrez will definitely come into the reckoning for the starting eleven tomorrow night, with Nicky Butt struggling with a dead leg, which probably will cause Joe to give him a well earned rest. He didn’t have a particularly good game on Saturday either so we would expect Barton and Guthrie to be in midfield, with maybe Danny playing the defensive midfield role.
The Newcastle manager added:
“Butt had an injection at half-time on a dead leg. He wanted to see it out, and I think it froze the pain. He felt OK with it.”
“His knee or thigh went tight, according to the doc. He came in and treated it, and said he was fine.”
The Newcastle squad was in for training yesterday, because of the short time until our next game tomorrow night. It’s good fortune the lads have a chance to get the Sunderland defeat out of their system, in having the WBA home game so quickly.
It also gives the fans a chance to immediately support the lads, even though our fans are devastated by the defeat. The players will be ready for Tuesday night, we have no doubt about that, and we know Joe will have the lads well prepared in both mind and body.
We expect them to come at WBA like a steam train.
Finally Joe added:
“We’re still in the bottom three, and we need to get out of it.” “The players were on a low after the game on Saturday night and I was in there trying to pick them up.”
“I was saying ‘it’s behind us now’. No-one wanted it to happen, but it happened, and we’re disappointed about it.”
“There’s no other way of looking at it – we have to beat West Brom.” “All the key players are back now, so it’s up for grabs. We can get our strongest squad out for the first time.”
Good words from Joe, who was also apparently devastated by the defeat, because he realized just how much this game is held up by both sets of fans.
Joe has already proved himself just terrific with the players, and t’s a great chance for him to prove he can bring the lads back immediately and get that first win.
We expect to see guts, determination, spirit and all out action from the players tomorrow night, and that’s all we ask for.