Another Tough Test At Leicester City Tomorrow Afternoon

Chris Hughton expects another tough test at Leicester City tomorrow afternoon.

Patrick van Aanholt – expected to make debut tomorrow

And some good news today that Joey Barton will return to full time training on Monday – maybe he’s the creative central midfielder we need in the second half of the season.

Hughton told the Evening Chronicle today:

“We’ll find out today about Enrique and we’re hoping it’s not as bad as we first thought.” “But it still looks like he will be out for a period of weeks.”

“It’s a hamstring. We’re assessing Steven Taylor but he will be out for a period of weeks.”  “Shola and Danny Simpson won’t be at Leicester but will be back for Cardiff.”

“And Joey Barton starts training again.”

Newcastle are unbeaten in the Championship since last October 20th, when we had that crushing defeat at Scunthorpe United – I still get a pain in my arm when I even think about that game.

And there’s no doubt at all that tomorrow’s game at Leicester will be tough – and we expect new boys Williamson, Routledge  and probably Patrick van Aanholt,  to all be in the starting line-up.

We feel a little more confident about the outcome with these 3 players available. Certainly Williamson and Routledge both looked excellent on Wednesday night.

Hughton is expecting another tough game as usual:

“I speak to Nigel quite regularly and he’s somebody I’ve got to know quite well over the years.”

“I’ve got a lot of respect for him. He did a fantastic job here.” “And he’s doing a wonderful job at Leicester.”

“It will be a tough game and one we’re all looking forward.” “It will be a tough end to the season but we have to stay focused now.”

“They’re a side that will be there or thereabouts this season. They are where they are for a reason – they’re a good side.”

Nigel Pearson was an excellent coach at Newcastle, and he’s done a fantastic job at Leicester City, who of course have a great history.

Nigel got the club promoted last season, and they are very competitive in their first season up in the Championship, and credit to the manager for that.

We expect a very tough test indeed tomorrow afternoon, and Leicester City gave us all we could handle at St. James’ Park on August 31st, when they outplayed us in the first half, and we were rather fortunate to win 1-0.

They will of course go all out to beat us this time – but we have to expect that and deal with it.

Somehow, someway – we have to get 3 points by Saturday evening – and if we have bought Moses by then – even with Real Madrid reportedly after the player – it should be an excellent Saturday night!

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14 comments so far

  • paki toon

    Jan 29, 2010 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #1

    correct me if i’m wrong but i think this is one of the best transfer windows for nufc, in fat ashleys reign!!

  • Robby Bobson

    Jan 29, 2010 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #2

    The return of Barton is great news and will inject some much needed energy in the middle which we are really missing. Nolan isnt the most agile and Smith is chained up in front of the back four.

    He will also give us that little bit of creativity and drive, but without losing any of our fight.

  • Girth

    Jan 29, 2010 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #3

    thats scott sinclair isnt it?

  • The Entertainers

    Jan 29, 2010 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #4

    I agree Barton will be a big plus for us…….i’m a fan of the footballer, not the man!

    However past injuries have told us Joey needs a number of games before he finds his form.

    The Foxes will be tough and Pearson would love to get one over us. oh and then theres a bloke called Nobby!

    I’m unsure if Ryan Taylors available but if so he would make the starting line-up for me.
    Can see the gaffer going to his 4-4-1-1 formation with it being away, Nolan playing behind possibley Carroll.

    Taylor / Hall
    Van Annholt

    Kruhl, Kadar,Hall, Pancrate, Lovenkrands, Ranger,

  • geordielad880

    Jan 29, 2010 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #5

    There is no chance what so ever of us signing moses, crystal palaces administrators or just drumming up interest from premier teams, newcastle fans might aswell just forget about it! Annholt, is an excellent addition, watched him alot when he played for coventry, top youngster not as good as defensively as going forward though. Fitz hall is a good short term addition, and a good steady player at championship level, all the players signed have come off the wish list that shearer/dowie gave to ashley.
    Danny simpson, fitz hall, killgallon, beckford, moses, skjbred, simon cox, and ched evans were all on the list as was mike williamson and routledge. Dowie signed fitz hall for every club he managed.

  • geordielad880

    Jan 29, 2010 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #6

    so watch the space for the players that havent been signed off that list yet……

  • G

    Jan 29, 2010 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #7

    Hopefully the new faces will inject some competition for places. The team have looked a little complacent of late. Not a massive fan of OneSize, but he should be solid at this level. Happy to see the new bods in though. With regard to post 1 saying this is the best window ever, not sure if I would agree, but it’s certainly the best one since they introduced this damn January window thing. Still don’t see the point of the window though. Any chance we switch back to what we used to do and just sign anybody anywhere as long as its not in the last few weeks of the season?

  • komfort

    Jan 29, 2010 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #8

    geordielad880………i wouldn’t be suprised if that was the case……this lot that’s incharge couldn’t dream of these loans & signings between them…

    …….good old alan shearer

  • geordielad880

    Jan 29, 2010 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #9

    the side will be alot more balanced now, wont be so one dimentional, as in everything coming down the left side with enrique and jonas, which is good 🙂

    We just need a goal poacher now!!

    Harper, simpson, s taylor, collocini, enrique, jonas, barton, nolan, routledge, carroll, lovenkrands is in my opinion our best team

  • Oba

    Jan 29, 2010 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #10

    Harper, R Taylor, S Taylor, Colo, Kadar, Routledge, Guthrie, Smith, Nolan, Jonas and Carroll.

    Would be my team for tomorrow. Nolan needs to be given the chance to go forward and not worry about defending straight after, as he’ll have two men behind him to do that in Guthrie and Smith.

  • Oba

    Jan 29, 2010 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #11

    Williamson not S.Taylor sorry.

  • stuart no9

    Jan 30, 2010 at 1:39 AM

    Comment #12

    the most enjoyment i get from nufc now ,is remembering the good old days(not too long ago infact)watching ,ginola on the wing, the prince at the back, robbie lee in midfield,sir les up front, what do you call them 3 weve just got on loan, and maybe going straight into the team?God help usIF we get promoted

  • Sgt. Heagerty

    Jan 30, 2010 at 4:37 AM

    Comment #13

    Stuart you are pretty down on a squad sitting on top of the mountain right now… we got to “get” promoted before you can worry. I think our squad is coming together. Granted the loss of revanue from the premier league has hurt us but if we get back we will have more money to put in the squad if Big Mac (Piece of Crap Owner) does it. Maybe Nust can takeover. Either way you have to have some faith man…..As for tommorow we have been in rough form compared to earlier in the season but that tough win against palace was good for the confidence and i think we will smash the rock in the onion bag several times tommorow…lets go get em Magpies!!!!!!!!!!

  • stuart no9

    Jan 30, 2010 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #14

    well sgt suppose your right mate
    still havnt got over relagation yet. displays not good lately,but a good win ,and showing today is what we all need to boost everyones confidence lets get that early form back


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