We have a feeling that our game tomorrow against Tottenham could be a crucial game for the club, because if we win it, we’ll have got 10 points from our last six games, and not only will that take us up the league, but it will do the players a world of good for their confidence.
But as we’ve mentioned more than a few times this last week Tyneside is buzzing after our great performance last Sunday at Portsmouth, and if it’s one thing we are not good at, it’s consistency, and especially at home this season.
We think it’s a potential banana skin against Tottenham, but we want the lads to be completely concentrated on the game tomorrow, and a win would be terrific for both the Newcastle club and the Newcastle fans in particular.
That’s especially true because of what we’ve had to put up with this season, plus the fact that it’s the last game before Xmas.
We expect Joe to field an unchanged side if Martins is fit, and if he isn’t (and we don’t think he will be), we expect Shola Ameobi to be drafted into the side.
And it would be a wonderful time for Shola to score his 50th goal for the club, as he’s showed under Joe Kinnear that he’s more than a decent striker for Newcastle, and certainly should remain as one of our four strikers.
So we expect the following side, assuming Martins doesn’t make it – with a very strong bench once again:
Beye Coloccini Bassong Enrique
Gutierrez Guthrie Butt N’Zogbia
Ameobi Owen (c)
Subs: Harper Cacapa Taylor Geremi Duff Viduka Carroll
We include young Carroll on the subs bench following his excellent hat track for the Reserves in their 6-1 mauling of Carlisle United at Brunton Park last week.
It’s not hard to say what Newcastle need to do tomorrow, and the first thing is for the defense to keep up their sterling form of the last few games.
If the lads can put another good piece of good defending, that will set us up for Owen and others to get the goals, that could give us the 3 points.
Both defenses have been surprisingly good of late with Spurs having 4 clean sheets in their last 7 games and the Magpies having 3 in their last 4 games – something Newcastle are not used to.
Spurs have lots of injuries, which is another reason we must take our chance tomorrow.
Alan Hutton, Giovani Dos Santos and former Newcastle player Jermaine Jenas will all miss the game tomorrow.
There are concerns about Ledley King, and Jonathan Woodgate, another former Newcastle player, may not be ready yet after his back strain against Manchester United last weekend.
Luke Modric suffered a hamstring twinge on Thursday night, and Aaron Lennon has a groin strain – so Spurs may well be down to the bare bones.
Of course this would be good for Newcastle, and if we can indeed get that all important win tomorrow, there will be lots of Newcastle fans over the moon tomorrow night, that’s for sure.
The lads in black and white have to go all out tomorrow to give the fantastic Newcastle fans the Xmas present they deserve – a win.
We’ll not predict anything about this game – but have just one thing to say:
Howay The Lads!!