WBA Is Massive Game For Us Tonight

Joe Kinnear is not panicking at all at our current precarious situation, and he rightly points out that a win tonight will send us up 5 places in the league, although we will have played the extra game, but will be at least level with Everton on goal difference and points.

Joe Kinnear with Chris Hughton – a win will lift us 5 places tonight

So our plight is nothing that a few wins will not put right, and fairly quickly too – all we need are the wins.  😀

West Bromwich Albion, newly promoted, have won just once away from The Hawthorns so far this season, and Joe will want that form to continue for them tonight.

Joe said this morning:

“Mid-table is still attainable but this is a massive game for us,” “If we get the three points we’ll automatically go up five places. Villa (their next opponents) are going well but it’s winnable as well.”

“Tenth spot and then people ask if you can win something. Things can turn round quickly.”  “Without taking anything for granted, the run we’ve got can see the picture changing.”

“We play Wigan and Fulham after that. It’s a vital spell. They are like cup finals. It will have a different slant. There is a bigger picture.”

“There’s no easy games in the Premier League and people will be saying Newcastle are in a bad run.” “But I’ve told the players to forget all that.” “

When we get our best eleven out we are capable of beating anyone.”

Joe is right of course, and because it’s still early in the season we have a good chance to be further up the league by the end of the year, but this period – before a new owner and manager come in (hopefully) – are vital for our season.

That’s why the job Joe has taken on is so important to Newcastle United, where he is basically single handedly running the club right now, with the good help of course of our assistant coaches of course.

Joe again asked if Newcastle could be relegated and replied:

“It’s unthinkable (that Newcastle could go down), despite what the facts say,” he says. “I had ten years of it. At Wimbledon were odds-on favorites to go down for ten solid years.”

“We got over bad starts so many times and at one stage we were 1-8 to go down and crept out of it.”

We think it’s a bit of a stretch to say Newcastle will be relegation candidates this year, as we have quality in the squad, but we do need to add both numbers and quality to the squad come January.

That will be extremely important to our overall season.

Comments welcome.

14 comments so far

  • Tom4Nufc

    Oct 28, 2008 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #1

    My target for next two games is a minimum of four pts, that would lift us up the table sooo much, if we play to the best of our ability I would hope we could be top ten in next five matches, because it is acheiveable

  • Tom4Nufc

    Oct 28, 2008 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #2

    after the next five matches*

  • adam

    Oct 28, 2008 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #3

    we have to win. no excuses

  • Toon Graeme

    Oct 28, 2008 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #4

    Agreed – we HAVE to win tonight.

  • Alex

    Oct 28, 2008 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #5

    We will win tonight butt is out . Barton brings more skill and pace into the midfield and jonas in full flight will scare them . We will play better and create more chances than we did against scumberland . 3-0 the toon

  • tommy

    Oct 28, 2008 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #6

    Im nervous. As people have said already, a win is an absolute MUST, no two ways about it. However im having doubts as to whether JK will pick the right side, Butt out is a bonus of course but i still find it hard to see him starting Barton and Jonas? He really has to though, no question.

  • ziad

    Oct 28, 2008 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #7

    Barton and Jonas have to start imo !!

  • Punk Skunk

    Oct 28, 2008 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #8


    …Given, Cacapa, Geremi, Taylor(rb), Zog, Xisco, Ranger…

  • ed_speed

    Oct 28, 2008 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #9


    ‘mon the lads

  • Heavy hitters

    Oct 28, 2008 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #10

    Agree Punk Skunk but I’d also drop Ameobi and give Ranger a go and drop Cacapa from the bench and put Edgar on as cover for either CB

  • daniel...

    Oct 28, 2008 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #11

    Beye Taylor Bassong Enrique

    Harper Cacapa Martins Amiobi Edgar Duff Ranger

    Easy win should be on the cards with this team

  • John Lennon

    Oct 28, 2008 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #12

    You’re all so full of crap. Same old platitudes and pundit peak. For God’s sake shut up. Every game is the same. And I AM a Toon fan of 46 years

  • Turkish magpie

    Oct 28, 2008 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #13

    Everton have bolton away!

  • buddy

    Oct 28, 2008 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #14

    ‘mon the lads


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