Joe Kinnear has had Stoke watched this week, and he feels they will not be an easy team to beat tomorrow afternoon, at St. James’ Park.
Joe Kinnear – that fish was this big
Kinnear told the Evening Chronicle today:
“It’s not anything that’s new – I more or less invented it with Vinnie Jones. Vinnie could chuck it to the near post, so it’s not just happened overnight.”
“You’ve got to be brave enough to compete for it, and we’ve got the players to do that.” “It’s a little bit of a lottery, and you just hope you win the first header, as the second can go anywhere.”
“It’s something we have to deal with ourselves, and we will have to make sure we don’t give away throws in that area.” “Hopefully, we won’t have to worry about it, as we will have them on the back foot.
“If we they do, then we have got three or four players capable of dealing with aerial stuff.” “We won’t worry too much about it.”
Newcastle had Stoke City watched in their Carling Cup defeat to Derby County at Stoke last Tuesday night, but Joe Kinnear didn’t travel to that game because of some dodgy weather. Stoke were beaten by a last-minute penalty by the Championship side, when Nathan Ellington fired home the only goal of the game after 90 minutes.
But Kinnear is still wary of Stoke, who he thinks will still be a difficult team to beat tomorrow afternoon:
“They will be a difficult team to play against as they have their own style of play, and they’ve done very well.”
“The front two are a handful, they’re both over 6ft 2in, and have scored eight or nine goals between them, but we’ve got to concentrate on our own game.”
Stoke have indeed done very well, because there’s quite a gap between the Premier League and the Championship, and it’s always difficult in the first season for promoted teams.
But Stoke have done well so far, although they may still be struggling against relegation as the season progresses.
That’s something we hope Newcastle can avoid this season, but we’ll just have to wait and see.