Newcastle have another important league game tomorrow afternoon, and it will be no different for the remaining 16 league games after this one.
The only thing the Newcastle team has to play for is the league and we will again play only 41 competitive games this season, because we’re not ion Europe and have been eliminated again early in the two cup campaigns.
But it’s also too easy to complain about how bad things are, and we are looking forward to maybe getting a good result tomorrow, though that will be difficult since we still have massive injuries to overcome.
But Blackburn have beaten Newcastle in their last four league meetings, so the history is not with us for tomorrow, but perhaps it’s time we reversed that trend, and, after all, our best form seems to have been away from St. James’ Park this season.
We still have Ameobi, Viduka, Smith, Martins, Enrique, Barton, Geremi, Cacapa, Beye and Gonzalez (10 senior players) definitely missing this game with big doubts also over Steven Taylor (calf) and Andrew Carroll (hamstring).
But we’ll assume both will be fit, and maybe if Carroll can put in a decent 45 minutes then Xisco can also put in 45 minutes up front with Michael Owen.
Michael is due a goal or two after missing a couple of good chances on Wednesday night against Hull City, when we were eliminated from the FA Cup.
We expect Joe Kinnear to field the following team for tomorrow’s game – with almost a a full team on the injury list:
Taylor Coloccini Bassong N’Zogbia
Gutierrez Butt Guthrie Duff
Subs: Harper Kadar Tozer LuaLua Edgar Xisco Ranger
Blackburn have kept just one clean sheet in their last 7 games at Ewood Park so goals could be there for the taking, but Newcastle will need to play very well on defense if we are to get anything out of this game.
On the Blackburn side of things Allardyce is ready to give loan signing Gael Givet, his debut. The French international has joined Rovers from Marseilles and will remain in England until at least the end of the season.
David Dunn comes back into contention after a hamstring complaint, but Steven Reid has been ruled out for the remainder of the campaign with a knee problem.
A win will do Newcastle players and fans alike a world of good, as we start to see some stability finally being introduced to the club, with Joe Kinnear today being offered a lucrative longer contract to stay at the club.
Results have been disappointing in the last 5 games, but that has to be down to so many injuries, and the fact that our squad is just far too small. We thinks any blame towards Joe Kinnear is unwarranted as he is trying his very best to put things right, and it’s our view that he deserves our full support.
Why? Because he’s the current manager of the club – it’s as simple as that – and we want Joe to do really well, because we want Newcastle United to do great.
We’ve been disappointed at all the criticism of Joe on this site, since it was announced Joe had been offered a new contract and quite honestly the last thing we want now are any more demonstrations against the club – because we for one are fed up with it all, and it’s about time we got fully behind our club again.
It’s just too easy to criticize things all the time.
After the last 5 months of utter turmoil, we can only hope the Newcastle fans will get behind the manager and the players for the rest of the season, starting at Blackburn tomorrow, where no doubt we have already sold out our ticket allocation.
We can still do well in the league this season, but everybody connected with our club – the players, the Board and the fans have to be aligned to make that happen.
A win tomorrow and that will be a much easier sell to everybody connected with Newcastle United.
The keys to doing well tomorrow afternoon is that our defense must put in another good performance and
Howay The Lads!!