When you look at the the game tonight against Blackpool, at least on paper, you could see an easy win for the Magpies, but it is these games where the lads could come a cropper.
There should never be a time this season when Newcastle go into any game over-confident after what happened last season. The lads are still making up for their pathetic performances of last season.
We expect the players to fight like they’ve been doing so far, for every single game until we’ve played our very last league game of the season next May. Only if they can do that, can we look forward to promotion at the end of the season.
And we fully expect manager Chris Hughton, to have the boys ready for this game, just like he and Colin Calderwood have prepared the team so well for every game so far this season.
Of course we’ll be without chief warrior Alan Smith, suspended for this game following his sending off for two yellow cards on Sunday.
Alan has been little short of a revelation this season, but we do have the amply experienced Nicky Butt, now fit again following his hand operation, who we think will get the job done for the team tonight.
We also expect Nicky be captain for the game at the seaside, and basically we half expect this to be the only change from the team that started against Cardiff on Sunday.
Local lad and England U21 striker Andy Carroll is fit again, and he will get a run-out for sure, but we expect 18 year-old England U19 International Nile Ranger to be given his 4th start on the trot. Nile has performed extremely well for the side so far this season, and his future looks so very bright on Tyneside.
Hughton has has only good words to say about the young Londoner, who has hunkered down well to learn his trade under the solid guidance of Chris and Colin this season:
“He’s still learning but the most important thing is that he continues to improve,”
We expect Chris Hughton to name the following side for tonight’s important game:
Simpson Taylor S. Coloccini Enrique
Taylor R. Guthrie Butt (c) Nolan Barton
Subs: Krul Kadar Tozer LuaLua Carroll Lovenkrands Geremi
Chris will probably continue a 4-5-1 formation, although he could switch that at any time during the game, and bring on Carroll to play up front with Ranger, where the giant young strikers could cause some physical and aerial threat to the Blackpool defense.
This is potentially a dicey game because we don’t know too much about Blackpool, other than their new manager, Ian Holloway, will prepare the side well, and they will start the game quickly, trying to get an early break-through.
We have to hope the Newcastle lads will continue their good start to the season.
At the moment Newcastle are down to 3rd place behind the other two Premier League relegation sides, WBA and Middlebrough, although most of the others in the top eight did not fare well last night.
Newcastle need a win tonight, there’s no doubt about that, and if the can deliver all 3 points they can then look forward to another huge home crowd, maybe close to 50,000 at St. James, to welcome them back for our next game on Saturday against Plymouth – KO 3:00 pm.
Howay The Lads!!