Joe Kinnear will have a few decisions to make for the game at St. James’ Park tomorrow against the mighty Liverpool, which has an unusual 12 noon KO time.
Andy Carroll – will be given chance tomorrow
Joe Kinnear spoke to the Evening Chronicle today and started by discussing 19 year old 6’3″ Andrew Carroll:
“I think Andy has a chance.” “We have Mark Viduka out with a groin injury and Shola and Oba out.”
“So there is every chance Andy will get a run in the team.”
Andrew looked menacing for Newcastle after he came on in the second half, and he was a handful for the Wigan defense.
And of course he got us the penalty in the 88th minute when Wigan goalkeeper Chris Kirkland punched him in the head, and 21 year-old Danny Guthrie put the penalty away with consummate ease – what player young Danny could become for us in a year or two.
Carroll has been a standout for the Reserves this season too, and scored a hat trick last time out, and Joe Kinnear was impressed by Carroll’s contribution yesterday.
“To be fair to Andy, he was a handful when he came on.” “I took Michael off just to give him a break.”
“We want to get the best out of him with two games in less than 48 hours, so it was to save him for Liverpool.”
There was a little bit of a mystery yesterday in the way 33 year-old Viduka was substituted, as the Aussie seemed to walk off without being called off.
“He pulled out of a challenge because of the injury.” “Just prior to that he had stretched going into another challenge.”
“It’s a groin muscle and one which I had to take him off immediately. He came walking towards us when he knew I was going to bring him off.”
And Joe also has 21 year old David Edgar to draw on, and when David’s played for the side, he’s hardly let the side down, and seems to be a fighter, just like his manager.
Speaking about David Edgar, Kinnear said:
“It might be a chance for David Edgar as well.”
“We would move Taylor into the middle then look at the right-back situation.”
“We are down to the bare bones.”
Of course Joe could and probably will play Geremi at right back, since he’s played there before a few times for Chelsea, and his experience could win him the place over young Edgar.
But it’s a good opportunity to see what Carroll and Edgar are made of, and especially for young Edgar, who we think may be on his way out of Newcastle this summer.
Newcastle will need some heroes tomorrow, if we are going to get anything out of the game at all, and we expect we will get some, but exactly who they’ll be, we have no idea.
Howay The Lads!!