16 games still to go and Newcastle are in action tonight at St. James Park against Coventry City.
We were very poor in our last game on Saturday, but in Newcastle’s inconsistent season, we usually follow a bad performance with a good one, so we have to hope the lads will be on form tonight.
Certainly, home games will be important for the rest of the season and 3 point in every single game has to be the target.
Newcastle packed the midfield on Saturday, and tried to play a holding game, but Swansea were far the better side.
But tonight Chris will field an attacking 4-4-2 formation and Jonas Gutierrez on the left wing is expected to be back, after being held back on Saturday because of a muscle injury.
Shola Ameobi, Steven Taylor, Joey Barton and Nicky Butt are still not available through injury.
We also would like to see a more attacking midfield in the middle tonight, and would hope that Danny Guthrie gets a start tonight, alongside Alan Smith, the captain.
At the back we would half expect Mike Willaimson to come back in place f Fitz Hall, who has started the last 3 games.
Up front, we expect Leon Best to be preferred in a starting position to Danish striker Peter Lovenkrands, with Peter being introduced at some point during the game.
This is the side that we expect Chris Hughton to start tonight:
Simpson Coloccini Williamson van Aanholt
Routledge Guthrie Smith (c) Gutierrez
Subs: Krul Hall Kadar Taylor (R) Lovenkrands Pancrate Ranger
And yes, we have left Kevin Nolan out of the squad so he can have a well earned rest.
Leon Best hasn’t exactly started his Newcastle career on fire, but it would be good if Leon can get his first goal against his former club.
What is clear is that Newcastle must attack, and the crowd will expect nothing less.
Howay The Lads!!