Newcastle will hope to get back on track on Saturday afternoon, when they host Bristol City at St. James’ Park, before the International break of two weeks.
Marlon Harewood – scoring his first goal for Magpies Wednesday night
And while the lads have done extremely well this season, results like Wednesday night’s against QPR, where QPR were definitely the better side, at last in the first half, will keep the Newcastle players from getting carried away with their success too early in the season.
Clubs like WBA, Leiciester City, Blackpool, Cardiff and QPR have shown that it will not be easy for Newcastle this season, and as Chris Hughton so often points out, the lads will need to fight for everything they get this season.
Newcastle are 3 points clear of second placed WBA right now and will be trying to get a 5th win in 6 league games this season at the famous St. James’ Park.
But of course this is the tie that Championship teams look forward to all season, and from early reports the Bristol City team will be more than ready for the battle on Saturday afternoon – 3:00 pm KO.
Newcastle have turned things around this season, mainly because they have been willing to scrap and fight during their games, and their desire and willingness to win games and to hang in, is there for all to see.
They also seem to have adapted very well to the physical nature of the Championship, thanks to players like Alan Smith leading the way.
The team needs to show all the fight that’s in them come Saturday, and if they can play well in the process, somewhere approaching their fine play at Ipswich last Saturday night, then 3 points could well be in our possession by 5:00 pm on Saturday afternoon.
But as we are all finding out it is certainly not easy.
We would expect the team Chris starts on Saturday to be something like the following:
Simpson Khizanishvili Tayulor S. Enrique
Gugthrie Smith (c) Nolan Gutierrez
This assumes Ameobi, Barton, Taylor R, and Coloccini are all out injured, and that they will then get a good 2 weeks to recover – well at least that’s true for all but Shola Ameobi.
The above team will leave Butt, Ranger, Geremi and others on the bench, and they can be introduced during the game, as tactics warrant.
But we would expect Harewood to start up front with Carroll, and Butt to be left on the bench, after his poor perfomance in the first half on Wednesday night.
And another promising aspect of the play this season is that Chris Hughton has made the substitute changes during games really count, in order to go for the points.
His changes on Wednesday, in retrospect, were first class, and allowed us to dodge a first ignominious defeat at home.
Well, let’s know what team you would expect Chris to field for Saturday’s next test in this tough and long season.