Joe Kinnear has told the Newcastle fans that his team will go all out at the KC Stadium tomorrow to put in their very best performance, but Joe will also have a key decision to make as to whom he will play in goal tomorrow.
Steve Harper – could get his first game tomorrow for Magpies
The Newcastle side will have 2,00 Geordies at the KC Stadium tomorrow and Joe kinnear spoke to the Newcastle Chronicle today:
“All the fans who travel there will see a side giving it everything, no matter what the team is.”
“The nature of our fans has been magnificent.” “They have stood with us and they aren’t the type of fans who are fooled.”
“They will see our players working hard. We aren’t throwing in the towel.”
Newcastle ended 2008 with two bad defeats in a row, and as we have pointed out already this morning, this may have cost Newcastle their top goalkeeper Shay Given, and we’d expect bids to have been made for Shay before tomorrow’s game.
“We are looking forward to the Hull game despite our injury problems.” “I am not getting too downbeat about Liverpool.”
“It was a day when nothing went for us and everything went against us.” “The match also came on the back of a tough game to Wigan.”
“We have conceded three goals against Liverpool from set-pieces, two corners and a penalty kick.
“The third goal has killed us, and we paid the penalty at the start of the second half.”
Kinnear will need to decide if he plays Shay Given tomorrow, and there’s at least three reasons for not playing Given:
- If Newcastle are indeed to sell Given in January the last thing they want is to have him get injured playing tomorrow
- If Shay Given plays tomorrow that would have him cup tied and be unable to play for another club in this year’s competition
- The final reason is less of a concern for such a great professional as Given, but Shay’s mind may not be right for the game tomorrow, given that’s he’s said he’s going to consider his options at Newcastle.
So look to see if Harper starts the game with Fraser Forster as back-up since young Tim Krul is at Carlisle on loan currently.
If Joe announces the side at around 2:30 pm tomorrow and Shay is not in the squad, it’s odds on certain that Shay has already played his last game for Newcastle, and it would have been the world class performance he put in against Liverpool last Sunday.
A fitting end to a remarkable career on Tyneside.