With the likelihood of Chris Hughton becoming full time manager at Newcastle it will be important for him and Colin Calderwood to get the best out of the lads tonight and register all 3 points at the end of this game.
We were just hopeless on Saturday, and we cannot afford another 45 minutes of lethargy tonight, that we showed in the first half on Saturday.
But the lads have been quite good at coming back from adversity this season, and we have to hope that we can do that tonight, because we are on our worst run of the season with just 2 points and a single goal in our last 3 games, and that’s just not good enough.
Coloccini and Taylor are still missing tonight, although Colo is expected back on Saturday and started to train with the Newcastle squad again yesterday at the Benton training ground.
Steven Taylor is out another couple of weeks and is expected back for the Sheffield United game on Monday night, 2nd November.
We expect the defense will be unchanged tonight, although we’d really to see Tamas Kadar brought in at the back, which would allow Ryan Taylor to play on the wing, where we think he is most effective. Danny Simpson is better at right back, and his lack of height in the center of defense causes us problems in the air, as it did on Saturday night.
So here’s the team we would like to see Chris field tonight:
Simpson Khizanishvili Kadar Enrique
Taylor R Smith (c) Nolan Gutierrez
Subs: Krul Butt Geremi Lovenkrands Guthrie Ranger
We didn’t much like the combination of Harewood and Carroll up front on Saturday, with Harewood looking way off the pace, but he probably needs games to get his sharpness back and Chris says he will start him tonight.
For Scunthorpe, Northern Ireland international Michael O’Connor misses out through suspension after receiving his fifth booking of the season in Saturday’s 3-1 win over Sheffield United.
Martyn Woolford, Garry Thompson and Matt Sparrow are on stand-by to replace the former Crewe Alexandra player.
Apart from that one change, Scunthorpe are expected to be unchanged from last Saturday.
Injury absentees for Scunthorpe are Ben May, who has an ankle injury that will have him sidelined until December, and Kenny Milne, who had two knee operations last season and is still recovering.