Four Top Players Could Return For Newcastle On Monday

We may have a much strengthened side out on Monday night at Bramall Lane with the possibility of Smith, Taylor, Coloccini and Simpson all returning to the starting line up.

steven taylor and physio dave henderson

Steven Taylor with physio Dave Henderson – both look happy enough

Sheffield have not won in their last six games, and with possibly 4 players returning to the side, and the way the lads never gave up on Saturday, and eventually came away with an unlikely win, just  has to put the team in a good frame of mind.

The Blades have lost four and drawn two of their last 6 league games, and their last win was the 3-2 victory against rivals Sheffield Wednesday at home on 29th September.

They have also leaked 16 goals in those 6 games so Newcastle could potentially get some goals on Monday night, and if we have our first choice back four out (Simpson Taylor S  Coloccini and Enrique) – things could be looking good.

Chris talked today about the win against Doncaster:

“It can be the best type of win because it galvanizes the team,” “We were down to 10 men and scored in the last minute, so it’s the sort of result that lifts the crowd and finishes the game with a feel-good factor.”

“It is testament to what we have in this team. It showed we have a spirited group of players with a real desire to be at the right end of the table.”

“Now Monday is a massive game and was always going to be. They’ve had a difficult time in recent weeks and had injury problems, but they are a Championship-hardened club with some excellent players.”

“Whether they are in good form or bad form, it’s always a difficult place to go. The crowd will get behind them and they will be lifted by the occasion. They are a very good team, with enough quality capable of being at the right end of the table at the end of the season and pushing for a promotion spot.”

“We’ll take very good support, as we always do and I am expecting nothing less than a real tough game. We know we will have to go into a game against a very good Sheffield United side with a game plan that will enable us to get something.”

Good words by Chris,  and he could say that about any team in the Championship, because we know all teams are looking forward to playing Newcastle United this season – and yes – most raise their game.

But that’s always the way it is with good teams, just ask Manchester United, so the lads will need to get used to it, and come out and give of their best at Bramall Lane.

If  they can do that, then the likelihood is that we’ll end up with another valuable 3 points.

Comments welcome.

9 comments so far

  • G

    Oct 30, 2009 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #1

    The Blades are no pushovers, but even though this is an away fixture, I am quietly confident of us bringing back 3 points from this one. Roll on Monday.

  • spiderpig

    Oct 30, 2009 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #2

    just hope he starts ranger instead of that donkey harewood.if ranger isnt doin it,fair enough bring him on.otherwise play carroll and ranger.

  • premier

    Oct 30, 2009 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #3

    Blades on a bad run so decent time to play them. Wonder how many current top flight teams those 4 “top players” would get into?

  • G

    Oct 30, 2009 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #4

    @premier, they would all walk straight into the pompey line up! But to be fair, I could probs get a game there and I am a complete 50 pence piece foot!

  • Jan Stavik

    Oct 30, 2009 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #5

    The blades are a tough side, the’ll fight for the 3 points.

    If Harewood and Butt are left out, I think we have a fair chance of taking 3p back to Tyneside.

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Oct 30, 2009 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #6

    Just seen the interview with Houghton. As suspected Fat Tw*t’s £20m is not for transfers Houghton only has permission to bring in a couple of loan signings. We’ll probably sell more players in Jan. The only way to get rid of Fat Tw*t & Lamearse is for the fans to stay away.

  • imh

    Oct 30, 2009 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #7

    Lots I agree with written on this blog, but will everyone STOP with the old “fans stay away” line. Why would I want to stay away from a team I love, a game I love, just because of FTA. It won’t help the team and it won’t get rid of Ashley, so jack it in.

  • Whumpie

    Oct 30, 2009 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #8

    We should be a different side with those guys back – but remember they will be a bit rusty so I think we’re only looking at a draw.

  • Whumpie

    Oct 30, 2009 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #9

    On the SJP renaming fiasco I had an encouraging thought: that name – even though the club doesn’t own it – is a vital part of the NUFC brand. Lose that and your global Market value drops significantly. So even if the fat git did find a company daft enough he would lose out when he came to sell the club.

    Won’t happen, in my view.

    And yes I think it’s time the NUST organised a boycott and a picket at one home match – just a shot across the bows to show that bastid that if he picks a fight (and that is all he is doing with this sjp rubbish) he will lose and lose big.

    If not now then when?


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