No Excuses If Newcastle Can’t Beat Stoke

Newcastle must win this afternoon against Stoke City, and if we don’t it’s points lost, it’s as simple as that.

Oba Martins – due a goal today 😀
Stoke’s away form has seen them pick up just two draws in 7 games and they have scored only 3 goals and conceded 15 goals on their travels. Not very good at all, let’s face it.

There’s a case here that if we cannot beat Stoke, we should be in big trouble in the league, but these games are never as easy as they look on paper, of course.

But we have to forget the little bit of hype about Rory Delap’s throw-ins – and the fact that Kinnear is saying they are a good team. If Rory’s throws are that dangerous then how come they have only 2 points from 7 games away from the Britannia Stadium this season?

It’s very likely that manager Joe Kinnear will field an unchanged side as we attempt to end a run of four games without a win.

22 year-old Spanish striker Xisco (hamstring), is back in contention, and we’re pleased to see the lad back although Shola Ameobi (foot and ankle) joins long-term injured players Alan Smith (foot), and Ignacio Gonzalez (Achilles) on the sidelines for today’s game.

Stoke do expect defender Abdoulaye Faye to play and he seems to have recovered from a thigh injury, and of course Faye was more than decent for us last season, after Big Sam brought him in from Bolton Wanderers, and his strength is he is very strong in the air. With Martins and Owen both starting we expect no long high balls into the box today.

Former Newcastle players Amdy Faye and Andy Griffin – who were average at best when at the Newcastle club, will be in Stoke’s starting eleven.

The good news for Newcastle is that striker Dave Kitson (knee) is ruled out with defender Ryan Shawcross (back). The absense of Kitson makes the Stoke atack look even weaker, and hopefully we can make it 3 clean sheets on the bounce.

In our poll 85% of our readers expect all 3 points this afternoon, and there’s still time to vote if you haven’t already.

This is a game we have to win this afternoon, and we really have no excuses if we cannot get 3 points.

What do you think?    Comments welcome.

18 comments so far

  • Turkish Magpie

    Dec 6, 2008 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #1

    cope with the throws and we will win!

  • azim

    Dec 6, 2008 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #2

    Ed, i agree with u that griffin was an average in our squad but remember one thing- he scored the winning goal against Juventus in CL many seasons back

  • Punk Skunk

    Dec 6, 2008 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #3

    Well there might be excuses…Have you seen how shite the refs have been this season?..

    …They can be an excuse in themselves, deeply sad, but true!..

  • Keith

    Dec 6, 2008 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #4

    your right ed 3 points is a must and i think we will get them, we should be aiming for 7 points out of the next 3 games

  • dan

    Dec 6, 2008 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #5

    Get in Sunderland vs Man U 5:00pm Setanta 1.

    Will have a beer and a good laugh tonight.

  • Toon Graeme

    Dec 6, 2008 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #6

    I give up predicting wins and scores when our team in concerned. Take it 1 minute at a time.

    Im stuck at work today but will have the lads on the radio at 3pm.

  • Davey

    Dec 6, 2008 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #7

    Punk Skunk – get real!

    If we dont get 3 points we deserve to go down, more so the fans deserve to go down – Very few fans have shown any balls and stood up for the club to rid them of Ashley and Wise – We deserve all we get! The one person that made any stand was Keegan and just look how you lot have turned on him – What a JOKE!!!!!!

  • dan

    Dec 6, 2008 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #8

    Im glad Kitson aint playin coz I rate him as a centre forward.

  • Punk Skunk

    Dec 6, 2008 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #9

    are you tryin’ to say a ref can’t lose you the game?..

  • Spyro

    Dec 6, 2008 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #10


    lol @ post 5

  • Ryan Peacock

    Dec 6, 2008 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #11

    got a tip for a horse today!!!!!!

    sandown 2.35 > takeroc

  • JoshNufc91

    Dec 6, 2008 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #12

    shouldnt get ahead of ourselves here like, stoke will park a bus infront of their goal and go for the draw, maybes using counter attacks to pick us off, they arent only about long throws you know. plus abdoulaye faye & griffin could come back and do a bramble….

  • mark

    Dec 6, 2008 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #13

    so uhh stream tonight anyone ? =)

  • Davies

    Dec 6, 2008 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #14

    Davey, you’re a nob mate. Refs can cost you a game with their incompetence and Keegan walked out. Simple as. Wakey wakey, there’s a good fella.

  • JonnyNufc

    Dec 6, 2008 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #15

    Last 3 games have been draws….whats the chances of another draw? I have a feeling it will be.

    We SHOULD win this…if we’re better than our current position we WILL win this. Last weeks performance v Middlesborough was shockingly crap.

    Hope for much improvement

  • paddyq

    Dec 6, 2008 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #16

    yeah, anyone have a good stream for the game? not looking to good so far…

  • Nick 69

    Dec 6, 2008 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #17

    if we dont win AND put in a good performance today we’re in trouble simple as that

  • True B&B

    Dec 6, 2008 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #18

    Davies – post 14: Bud, you’ve no idea ,the guy’s post is spot on. Buddy, seriously, it’s you that needs to wake up. You’re crying like a little baby, wake up and take the criticism like a bloke – you need to stop screwing your mother!


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