Newcastle have an excellent chance to follow up their last two draws away from home against Chelsea and Middlesbrough, with a win tomorrow at home to Stoke City.
A win tomorrow will take us above Stoke in the league, and we just have to start winning games, and tomorrow is a good time to get our first win in 5 games.
We expect Kinnear to name an unchanged starting eleven tomorrow and the line-up could be as follows:
Beye Coloccini Bassong Enrique
Gutierrez Butt Guthrie N’Zogbia
Martins Owen (c)
Subs: Harper Cacapa Taylor Geremi Viduka Carroll LuaLua
The only change in the line-up from last week is to have LuaLua in place of David Edgar so we can concentrate more on attack as the game requires.
But these are the games we just have to win if we are to lift ourselves out of the relegation zone, and the keys to winning this game tomorrow seem straight forward:
- The defense has to be as good as they have been in our last two away games and it would be good to get our first clean sheet at home since Joe Kinnear arrived. We’d also like to see Enrique play the easy ball more, and not keep giving the ball away – but there are signs the young Spaniard is gaining in confidence, which is very good to see, after a difficult season so far.
- Continuing good displays from Guthrie and Butt in central midfield, from which our attacks will come.
- Attacking play from our two wingers Gutierrez and N’Zogbia who could give the Stoke defense everything they can handle.
- A good strategy to overcome the throw-ins from Rory Delap, although we expect Bassong and Coloccini to again be dominant in the air.
- Sharp finishing from both Oba Martins and Michael Owen, and especially Michael, after least week’s disappointing performance.
Joe talked about the game to nufcTV today:
“I think we’ll go very offensive and test them,” “We have enough firepower to get something out of the game and I’ll be telling the lads to go for the jugular from the off.”
“I have been delighted in all our previous home matches, other than the late equalizer we conceded against Wigan.” “But I’ve set two benchmarks; the home win over Aston Villa and the away draw at Chelsea.”
“We’ve watched the videos of those games and keep reminding the players that we have to recapture those performances and meet that standard every week.”
“If we get beyond that then we’re a match for anybody.”
It’s good that Joe is showing the lads the films of probably our best two performances this season, and they’ll know what they need to produce tomorrow afternoon.
We need a win tomorrow, and we must have a great chance of capturing all 3 points.
Howay The Lads!