Since 25 year-old Wayne Routledge arrived on Tyneside last month, Newcastle have looked a much better attacking side, at least at home.
Wayne Routledge – added some creativity and speed on right wing
The £1.5M bargain signing from QPR has allowed the side to play like Newcastle teams of the past, where we have two out and out wingers on the flanks.
And we would hope to see both wingers, Routledge and Argentine Gutierrez, who both had very good games on Wednesday night in the good 4-1 result against Coventry.
And Chris is pleased by the wingers’ contributions as he told the Newcastle Journal today:
“I’m keen to praise what we’ve done with the two wide players, but I don’t want people to forget the contributions that went before that,”
“That might have been one wide player, with someone like Danny Guthrie or Ryan Taylor tucking in.”
“Ryan’s been very unfortunate of late because he’s given us a real strong contribution for a big chunk of the season. Having two wingers is exciting when it works, but that’s not always going to be the case.”
“I know as soon as we get exposed, people will start saying we are a little bit too open. It’s good and exciting, but it won’t always be the case.”
There was criticism that we were too open when we went down at Derby County 3-0, but it was only in the second half of that game that the lads really wilted.
Danny Simpson and Wayne have a job to do to get to know each other’s play, so they can be like Enrique and Gutierrez on the left wing.
The two Spanish speaking players have formed a good attacking left wing for the Magpies.
The lads have score 9 goals in the alst two home games, and that 9 goals for and two against has helped our goal difference, which is now +31 and the best in the Championship.
“We’ve done ourselves no harm with the goal difference,” “The onus is on us, we are at home and we have to force the issue. Nobody comes to St James’ Park and allows us to have it easy.”
It may be that the lads have a chance to get more goals today against Preston, since the Lancashire side conceded 5 goals at Derby last Tuesday night.
But we are looking for the 3 points, that’s the most important thing this afternoon with hopefully a clean sheet.
If we can do that it will put pressure on WBA, who are at Bristol City tomorrow afternoon, with the game having a 2:00pm kick off.
Howay The Lads!!