Newcastle’s game tomorrow afternoon against Spurs at White Hart Lane is one of only 6 games we have left, to save ourselves this season from the ultimate disaster of relegation.
Unfortunately Newcastle will go to London tomorrow with Spurs showing some good form in the league having captured 16 points from their last 7 league games, and it will certainly be a tough game for the Magpies.
But every game from now through the end of the season will be tough, and we only have ourselves to blame for being in such a perilous position in the league. And it’s only our overpaid players who need to show the courage, fortitude and spirit to get us out of this situation, and we think they still can.
Good news for Newcastle is that whatever Alan and Iain have been doing to get our injured players back to playing, it seems to be working quite well and both Steven Taylor and Mark Viduka are back in the squad for tomorrow’s game.
Before Steven was injured during the recent Arsenal defeat, he had been Newcastle’s star man, and we’re looking for that to continue as the lad attempts to save his home-town club from relegation.
We need wins to save ourselves, and after 32 games last season we had 35 points under Keegan. But the lads had just captured 7 points from the previous 3 games with wins at home to Fulham and a 4-1 thumping of Spurs at White Hart Lane.
And the game before those two saw Kevin play a 4-3-3 system at Birmingham, and we came back well in the second half of that game to get a good 1-1 draw, and could have even won the game, having been behind at the break.
We will be hoping for something similar tomorrow, and we may even see Shearer play a 4-3-3 formation like we did last year at Spurs, but we think Alan will plump for two wide men and play 4-4-2.
Alan has a good choice of players this week and we think he will start the following eleven:
S. Taylor Beye Bassong Edgar
Duff Barton Butt Gutierrez
Owen (c) Carroll
Subs: Forster Coloccini Guthrie R.Taylor Viduka Ranger Lovenkrands
No room on the bench this week for Ameobi, Smith, Geremi or Cacapa, and we think the last three will leave the club in the summer, whatever happens. We think Oba Martins will be left out completely tomorrow.
That’s a more than decent team with a good defense on current form, and a very strong bench, which Shearer will need to use wisely tomorrow.
Alan and Iain did very well last week, reading the game well and the introduction of Gutierrez and Carroll in the second half was key to the lads getting a point.
We think Alan may want both Nile Ranger and Mark Viduka on the bench, players at different stages of their respective careers, but both of whom can help Newcastle, during the run-in.
We expect to see Mark play tomorrow at some time during the game , even though he is only around 70% fit, and we expect to see a good effort from the Australian, as he has been given an added incentive from Shearer, to get a one year extension this summer, if he can help save the team in the final 6 games of the season.
We expect Martins to be rested this week, to allow him to recover fully from his groin strain, since he doesn’t want to play with it still a little bit dodgy, and that’s fair enough.
We gave a good account of ourselves in the second half last weekend, but we have to start off a lot better against Spurs tomorrow, if we are to get anything out of this game. Another first half performance like we gave last week, and we could see the game beyond us, even before half time.
A win is what we really need tomorrow, but we’d be happy with a point, but another defeat would be yet another disaster, and make it very difficult for us to survive this season. We’ve had enough disasters already this season.
Wishing, hoping and praying – as always.