Joe Kinnear has some selection decisions to make for Saturday’s visit of Stoke City to St. James’ Park, but there’s not much likelihood he will change the team that started against Middlesbrough last Saturday.
Mark Viduka – will bide his time waiting for starting opportunity
Joe Kinnear talked to the Evening Chronicle today:
“Obviously after two clean sheets in a row there has to be a great chance that it will be the same again at the back for us.” “We do have Steven Taylor fit again and I have spoken to him about the situation and he fully understands.”“One thing we could do is to play Fabricio Coloccini as a holding midfielder to accommodate Tails, but it would be wrong to do that.” “As far as Seba Bassong is concerned, in my opinion he was probably our best player in our last two games with Chelsea and Middlesbrough.”
It’s likely that Joe Kinnear will filed an unchanged team, and it shows he is willing to give time for Owen and martins to play well together, at least until Mark Viduka is fully match fit, which will take a few weeks.
Steven Taylor – fit again after groin strain
Steven Taylor will not expect to get his place back either, with Seb Bassong having played so well in the last two games, and that’s good because it’s showing that we do indeed have increased competition for places in the side, which can only be good.
But we have to get over this run of three draws in a row, and get another win under our belts, ebcasue are 3 times as good as draws, and we must start pulling away form the relegation zobe.
Stoke are currently in 14th place on 18 points, and we are still fourth from bottom, with 15 points. If we can beat Stoke on Saturday, we’ll go above them in the league on goal difference.