It appears that Andy Carroll is still doubtful with an ankle injury for tomorrow’s game at WBA, but if Andy cannot make it, we would expect Joe to start Shola Ameobi, assuming he’s a lot fitter than he looked in last Sunday’s game.
20 year-old Andy Carroll – doubt for tomorrow’s game
We don’t think either Alan Smith or Mark Viduka will start up front with Oba, unless they have looked really impressive this week in training.
Kinnear told the Evening Chronicle today:
“We’ve got a few options.” “It’s a blow that Jonas is suspended because he was brilliant against Sunderland.”
“But we’ve got Smith, Oba and Viduka back so there are three influential players alone.” “They are players who we need back for the run-in.”
“Kevin Nolan is also in there and we are looking to his experience.” “But I haven’t decided yet who starts and who sits out.”
“It’s been great to see Ryan here and getting into the mix in training. We’re glad to have him here and he’s delighted to be at what he considers a big club.”
“I’m not sure where we’ll use him yet, but we know he can play in a variety of positions, so that’s a big boost for us.”
If Joe can get the win tomorrow it will be his first double ever as manager of Newcastle:
“We did OK in the first game against them but we are looking for three more points now.” “I’m confident we can do it.”
And Joe has been saying that 38 point is the target – so that’s 14 points from the last 14 games, and 3 points tomorrow will give us over 20% of those points with still 13 games to play.
Surely we can get the 3 points tomorrow. That should be possible if we see a performance like we put in during the last 45 minutes last Sunday, but start out like that, with that same intensity.
An early goal will also give us that extra confidence we need.