A tremendous performance from the lads yesterday, and that should act as a spur to Mike Ashley and Dennis Wise, to go ahead and support Joe in bringing the players he wants into the club next month.
Duff – rightly goes berserk after scoring great goal yesterday
The four players we brought in during the summer, Bassong, Guthrie and Argentine pair Jonas and Coloccini again performed magnificently for the Magpies yesterday, and if we can get another four like these in January, we’ll have a much stronger squad.
That will allow us to still be strong, even with the inevitable injuries we get.
“We are starting to look upwards now, but it’s still very tight at the bottom and I’m wary of getting on a bad run, particularly as I’m concerned about the length of time my injured players are going to be out for.”
“Shola (Ameobi) has picked up a hamstring strain and that’s going to be seven to ten days.” “We haven’t been able to finish the game with the same players we started with since I arrived at the club.”
But on the good side yesterday the two subs Viduka and Duff, combined with some clas at the end of the game, to get Newcastle that winning goal, and when things are tight like they were yesterday, it’s that class that wins games.
Joe said today:
“Damien Duff and Mark Viduka gave us quality off the bench and that’s very important. I’m very pleased with all three of my wide men, but only two of them can play and Charles N’Zogbia has done very well since he came into the side when Damien picked up an injury.”
“As for Mark, he still isn’t fully fit and it has taken him a long while to get back from this ankle injury. He hasn’t got the pace he used to, but he is such an intelligent player, very bright and we saw that with the touch which set up the second goal.”
We need to keep bringing quality to the club, and maybe add to that some youth, and we’ll be in great shape come February.
While it’s difficult to know exactly who Dennis Wise has brought to the club, if we bring in another top batch of players in January, maybe, just maybe, Dennis is much better at his job than we thought.
He stays in the background, and Joe seems to get on well with him, so he should probably be retained if Ashley stays – but we’d just love to see Chris Mort back as Chairman, or someone else who will talk directly to the Newcastle fans.
If we continue playing such good attacking football, as we did yesterday, we’ll take some team to the cleaners shortly – there are not too many teams out there playing as well as Spurs are right now.