Les Ferdinand has come out and said he thinks Newcastle’s home games will be vital to promotion success this season.
Les Ferdinand – Newcastle’s home games will be important
Les Ferdinand told the Newcastle Evening Chronicle yesterday:
“Newcastle must start the right way or it will give all of the other teams the impression that they can come up and pick up a famous result.”
“And famous is exactly what it would be when you consider that some of the sides in the division have never been to St James’ Park before or not been for a long time.
“I think if you support a Championship club and you are going to go to just one away game, then it will undoubtedly be the Newcastle game.”
“That’s what Newcastle are up against this season.” “So it’s vital that they can get off in winning manner.”
“Reading will be set up well. But when St James’s Park is in full flow, it really can be a cauldron of noise and teams will get blown away by it.”
“Everybody gets caught up in the atmosphere including the refs and including the away team. It’s how they respond to it, but if Newcastle respond to it like they should do, regardless of who is in charge or who is manager, it can be one of the most valuable assets in football.”
“The Championship is certainly an exciting league.” “OK, it’s not where Newcastle want to be and everybody was devastated by relegation.”
“But this league is all about momentum and if you keep on picking up points during what is often a Tuesday-Saturday-Tuesday fixture list.”
“As long as you are in swinging distances of those play-off places come the final seven or eight games, you are still in with a real shout of finishing the season covered in glory.
“It’s certainly going to be intriguing but I think the home games will be the key to success for Newcastle this season.”
It’s going to be more than interesting to see how the lads perform against reading, who are never an easy team to beat.
It could be we will find it hard to score goals until we sign some reinforcements up front, but most Newcastle fans will be looking for all 3 points on Saturday, to go with the good point we got at WBA last week.
But to do that Ameobi and Carroll will need to take their chances, if we are to get the goals we need to win the game.
It could well be an unchanged side from that which started the game against WBA, but we’ll see whether Joey Barton will be preferred to Kevin Nolan in central midfield.
We’d also like to see Coloccini dropped to give young Tamas Kadar a run- out at center-back, because the 19 year-old Hungarian youngster could do no worse than Fabricio did last week at West Brom.