The only result we want to see tomorrow afternoon is another Newcastle win, this time over visitors Barnsley.
And certainly news on the injury front this week has been uplifting with Jose Enrique, Nicky Butt and Peter Lovenkrands all fit again and included in the squad for selection.
Unfortunately new right winger Wayne Routledge is still sidelined, so we ‘ll not be able to have our very best team out tomorrow, but a strong eleven nevertheless.
With Lovenkrands back in contention we have to expect him to start alongside Andy Carroll up front, with both players having 21goals between them this season, and both in good goal-scoring form of late.
At the back we expect Jose Enrique to start, and Chris Hughton to go with a strong back four of Simpson, Coloccini, Willaimson and Enrique.
Local lad Shola Ameobi is still troubled with a hamstring pull, and long-term injured players Steven Taylor and Joey Barton are both on the mend but not available for this game.
However with Joey back n training, looking good and pushing Chris for a game, he will probably be in contention for our next game at Middlesbrough a week tomorrow.
This is the side we think Chris will start tomorrow:
Simpson Coloccini Williamson Enrique
Guthrie Smith (c) Nolan Gutierrez
Subs: Krul Kadar Hall Butt Taylor (R) Butt Best
That’s a good starting eleven and a very strong bench for tomorrow’s game, with no room even for winger Fabrice Pancrate or young striker, Nile Ranger on the bench
But let’s not underestimate Barnsley, who have made great strides under new manager Mark Robbins, who was appointed last September 9th and succeeded Simon Davey.
When Mark took over Barnsley were at the very bottom of the Championship, but they’ve made significant strides and are currently in 11th position on 45 points, which is just 4 points short of a play-off position.
So Barnsley will make every effort to get something out of the game tomorrow, but we’re sure Chris and the lads will not under-rate the Tykes.
However, like most of our games in the Championship, we don’t expect it to be easy, but with a little bit of luck, we should be able to extend the latest winning streak to four games.
That’s all that really matters tomorrow.
And since WBA and Nottingham have tough games away to QPR and at home to Swansea City respectively, Newcastle may have a chance to extend their lead at the top of the table.
Swansea will give Forest a tough game, and with new manager Neil Warnock now in place at QPR, they will be looking for a win to welcome their new manager, so WBA will have a tough game on their hands.
But Newcastle can only look at their next game and opponents, and try their very best get all 3 points, and we’re sure manager Hughton has his players thinking exactly that, for tomorrow’s game.
It should be a good game in any case, and we expect a decent crowd of around 45,000 to cheer on the team, who have been just great so far this season.
Howay The Lads!!