Chris Hughton has indicated that the Newcastle United centre-back pairing of Steven Taylor and Fabricio Coloccini will miss Tuesday’s Championship game at Scunthorpe United.
Steven Taylor – will miss tomorrow’s game
After Newcastle’s poor form on Saturday at Nottingham Forest where the team sustained their second league defeat and failed to score for the second game in a row, it is important for Newcastle to get back on track tomorrow night, with a win.
Whether we can do that or not however is debatable and if they don’t turn up until the second half, as happened on Saturday, we should forget about winning.
Both players missed the game on Saturday and Newcastle looked completely bereft of ideas in the first half, when Forest could easily have been three goals up with a little luck.
Coloccini has a groin strain he picked up at Ipswich last month while Taylor picked up a hamstring injury in training over the international break. Obviously they are both important players for Newcastle this season.
Newcastle manager Hughton said today:
“We will continue to assess Steven but he could be out for a little longer than we originally thought.”
“Fabricio will be fit for Saturday’s game against Doncaster but the likelihood is they will both miss Scunthorpe.”
Newcastle can recover quickly from the mishap on Saturday with a win, but they will need to show a lot more fight and character than they did in the first half on Saturday, which had to be the worst we’ve played all season.
But wins are what will get us promoted, and if we can get 3 points tomorrow night surely we can play well at home on Saturday and stay on the winning trail against Doncaster Rovers.
It would be good to see young Tamas Kadar brought in at center-back, and switch Simpson to right back, and have Ryan Taylor on the wing where he is more of a threat with his crosses and shots.
We were completely overrun in central midfield in the first half (where was Nolan?) so it may be well to play five across the middle, until we get a hold on the game tomorrow night.
Anything but a repeat of Saturday’s first half display.