Joe Kinnear has again come out today and said that injuries have killed the Newcastle side this season.
Joe Kinnear – injuries have killed us this season
And it turns out that in their last 4 home league games they have won 3, only losing to Manchester United by a 5-0 hammering, 11 days ago, which was their last home game.
With Michael Owen, Joey Barton, Danny Guthrie and Habib Beye still on the long-term injured list, Newcastle are even understrength today, even though we have Martins, Viduka and Smith back in the squad from injury.
Joe talked about the injuries again today:
“I don’t want to keep saying it because it looks like I’m making excuses,” “But it’s true to say that injuries have killed us since I got here.”
“We’ve lost big, important players with warrior spirit like Michael Owen, Joey Barton for weeks at a time and, of course, it’s had an effect on us.”
“We seemed to have clicked against Tottenham just before Christmas but then we got the injuries, and we’ve been battling against it since then.”
“Having Oba, Mark and Alan back is a huge bonus. And I think Joey and Danny will be back in time for maybe the last six games, so that is something to cling on to at least.”
The bad news for Newcastle today is that WBA’s survival will depend on their home form, and manager Tony Mowbray believes a win today, against another relegation fighting team, will be crucial to their survival.
In fact WBA have had some good wins recently at the Hawthorns, including a thumping 3-0 victory over Middlesbrough on 17th January.
WBA manager Tony Mowbray. who was born 40 miles from Newcastle at Saltburn-by-the-Sea, and played 348 games for Middlebrough, said today:
Newcastle is a game which will ask different questions to Manchester United. We’ve shown in recent games we can be competitive,”
“A victory would put us above Newcastle. We can’t determine what happens elsewhere. It’s a big game for Newcastle and let’s see what happens.
“I don’t think we’re jittery. We are enjoying the challenge of trying to stay in this division. We need to keep the momentum we’ve had recently.”
We keep hearing about the injury crisis at Newcastle every season. Teams with a smaller squad than we have – like Aston Villa as one example, have performed very well this this season.
Villa are currently 4th top, where we all thought we could have been about now, some 18 months ago.
So why is it that Newcastle keep having massive injuries every season?
There’s got to be an answer to that, and it should be fixed. Then that’s another excuse that cannot be used by our managers for poor performance. 😀