Joe Kinnear is obviously looking for all 3 points today, but it also seems he is not going to under-estimate Stoke City.
Joe Kinenar – not underestimating Stoke today
Joe said today:
“Why should they have to apologize for the way they play if the way they play is effective? People are just moaning about the way they play football because they are picking up points most people didn’t expect them to.”
“They have surprised a few teams this season and we have to make sure we are not another one. You only have to look at the way they beat Arsenal a few weeks back.” “They are particularly strong at set pieces and Rory Delap’s throw-ins are a very potent weapon for them.”
“They are very difficult to defend against and I think they have scored something like eight or nine goals from them already this season. If you have that at your disposal and you have players who are a threat in the air, you’re going to use that to your advantage.”
“I have absolutely no problem at all with that. One of the great things about football is that you come across different teams with different styles and you have to make sure you can adapt. What we have to do is make sure we stick to our own principles, fast passing football, like we saw against Aston Villa.”
One big key to a Newcastle win today is that the dfense has another good day, like they have in their last two games.
We need Bassong and Coloccini to again be strong in defense with an improved display from Jose Enrique, and if we can do that, we must stand a good chance of winning, which would be a very welcome result, after three successive draws.
“We have defended really well recently, but this is going to a different sort of test. They are powerful up front, big and direct and they will be a constant danger in the air.”
“We have talked to the defenders and have told them what to expect, but it’s an interesting challenge for the likes of Sebastien Bassong and Fabricio Coloccini.”
“The great thing is, we know, if we keep a clean sheet we are going to score goals at home so this is a great opportunity for us to pick up three points.”
It’s a couple of games since we last scored, which was in the 2-2 home draw with Wigan, when we amazingly conceded their equalizer in the very last minute of that game, after coming from behind to lead that game. 🙁
So we are due some goals, and if the defense can keep up their good form then 3 points could be ours.
But as we all know, nothing is certain with Newcastle.
Howay The Lads!