Every game in the league from now on for Newcastle United is a critical game in which 3 points are at stake.
Tomorrow’s game against Sunderland carries even more pressure for Newcastle as a win by Sunderland will give them the double over Newcastle this season, and quickly bring doom and gloom flooding back to Newcastle.
There has been some good news in the last couple of days after Wednesday’s disastrous game at Manchester City, where we weren’t only beaten once again, but we lost both Michael Owen and Joey Barton to long term injuries.
In the last day we have brought Kevin Nolan and Ryan Taylor in from Bolton Wanderers and Wigan Athletic respectively, and there’s no doubt they are very good buys for the club.
But our failure to bring in Albin Ebondo last week from Toulouse is a big disappointment, after his club kept moving the goalposts when a fee had been agreed at least twice.
Shay Given looks determined to get away from Newcastle to Manchester City, after his 12th year at the club, and that is nothing less than an indictment at the way the club has been run since Kevin Keegan left for the second time, with the Newcastle Board not talking to the players at all, let alone the fans.
But Mike Ashley will be the game tomorrow, and it will be interesting to see how the fans react if the players put in another performance like they did in the first half last Wednesday, which just wasn’t good enough, and if repeated will almost guarantee another loss.
The team Joe will pick for tomorrow will probably be
Taylor Coloccini Bassong Enrique
Gutierrez Butt Nolan Duff
Subs: Krul Edgar LuaLua Geremi Xisco Ranger Smith
We assume Alan Smith will be on the bench tomorrow.
That’s not too bad a starting eleven, but it assumes that Oba Martins is fit again after his groin operation, and at the time of writing we don’t know if he’ll be fit in time. We’re also not sure if Ryan Taylor is eligible to play, but assume he isn’t.
But Martins has often said he loves playing with the 6’4” Carroll, and that may well be our strike partnership for next season, if we can avoid relegation, otherwise there will be massive clear-out of our top earning players, including Martins, because we’ll just not be able to afford the wages in the Championship.
Sunderland are a very decent team of late, and their front two of Djibril Cisse and Kenwyne Jones are a threat to any defense.
A Newcastle win of course is just what the doctor ordered, but the team will need to improve significantly over their play of the last few games to do that.
In our last 5 league games we have but a single point and have conceded 12 goals, and we haven’t had a win inh our last 7 games.
The defense is really where the improvement must be made if we are to get anything out of this game tomorrow, and recently Coploccini has looked slow and lethargic at the back and Enrique not good enough when defending.
It’s got to be all hands on deck for the players tomorrow, and the fans must do their part too.
It’s OK to complain about Kinnear, Ashley, Llambias and Wise, but when push comes to shove we must support Kinnear and the players. That’s the least we should be doing as fans, because only then can we have any chance to save the club from relegation.
But we know the fans will do that tomorrow, and we will hope and pray the lads can get all 3 points tomorrow, to give us all some relief from the seemingly never ending bad news surrounding the club.
Howay The Lads!!