Celebrations Could Be In Order On Monday Night

Jose Enrique is fit again to take his place in the starting line-up on Monday night against Nottingham Forest, after getting a rest on Tuesday night.

Jose Enrique – fit to go on Monday

The Spaniard was given a rest on Tuesday night to ensure that he was fully recovered from his recent hamstring problems, and that was another sensible decision by manager Chris Hughton.

But Enrique and quite a few of our other injured players will be fit for the vital game against Forest on Monday night at St. James’ Park.

Chris talked to the Evening Chronicle today:

“I would have played Jose on Tuesday.”  “He’s one who is in very good form but has had a hamstring injury.”

“He’s been experiencing a few little difficulties from that.”  “We could have played him at Doncaster, but it would have been a risk.”

“I decided not to take that chance and to give him a good week of training going into Forest.”

And as we reported earlier today, Chris is also expecting Mike Williamson, Peter Lovenkrands and Alan Smith to be available for Monday night.

Chris, who seems to have handled the latest crisis at Newcastle on Tuesday so well, continued:

“I am hoping to have Alan Smith, Shola Ameobi and Peter Lovenkrands available.” “We could have a few back – but let me enjoy the next couple of days!”

“This is the hard end of the season.” “If ever there is a time when you want players fit and available, it is now.”

“It was also good to see Joey Barton back and getting some minutes.”

It’s good to see that Shola is back again after his hamstring problems, and he’s been the forgotten man on Tyneside, and we have a feeling he may be transferred out of the club in the summer.

Of course if he comes back into the side and scored say 5 goals before the end of the season, that may change things, but Shola is injured a lot and doesn’t play more than half the games in a season. We’ll have to wait and see on that one, but the summer months should be exciting times for Newcastle fans.

The  game on Monday night could be the game where Newcastle supporters could even start to celebrate  – at least a little bit.

But that would only be if  Newcastle can manage to get all 3 points, because a win makes it almost impossible for Newcastle not to get an automatic promotion spot.

Chris continued:

“What we have at the moment is a team that is doing well and a group of supporters that turn up week-in, week-out.”

“It’s wonderful support and, leading into the Forest game, we could get a record crowd for this season.”  “They are continually behind us.”

“It was a wonderful and hard-fought victory at Doncaster that we were glad to give them.”

Newcastle supporters have come into their own again this season, and even though the lads are in the second tier of English football it doesn’t stop Newcastle being the 4th best supported team in the land – with a home gate average of over 42,000.

At what other club would that happen at ?

Not too many.

But this is Newcastle and the plan over the next few seasons has to be to get a team that is as good as its legendary supporters.

If we can do that we’ll be Premier League Champions.

Comments welcome.

19 comments so far

  • ksmit

    Mar 25, 2010 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #1

    Just in case anyone in Canada is interested, the game on Monday will be shown in the afternoon on Setanta Canada delay. I think it’s around 2:30 Pacific Time

  • Captain Beefheart

    Mar 25, 2010 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #2

    ‘The game on Monday night could be the game where Newcastle supporters could even start to celebrate – at least a little bit.’

    As I said earlier, a half a bitter and a packet of pork scratchings will be quite enough celebration until the Championship winners silverware is being held aloft by Chris, Colin and all the lads who made it possible.

  • Robby Bobson

    Mar 25, 2010 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #3

    Win saturday then we could be celebrating promotion a week saturday…before Easter.

    What an acheivement that would be.

    But i think a win on saturday then we are up, because it would mean that forest not loosing in there last 6 games whilst we winning only 1 of our last 7.

  • Robby Bobson

    Mar 25, 2010 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #4

    sorry monday not saturday

  • noir9

    Mar 25, 2010 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #5

    It would be great to get al 3 points on monday, but as long as we don’t loose we will just about be up. Remember that Man u game all those years ago, if only we had taken a point things could have been very different.

  • nufc2009

    Mar 25, 2010 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #6

    i think we should swoop for robbie keane in the summer if we get promoted

  • jimiley

    Mar 25, 2010 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #7

    We got promoted in the mid fifties and every game was a sellout 56,000 crowd. I am sure we would be selling out this season but for the fat man.

  • NewcastleMole

    Mar 25, 2010 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #8


    Nice idea but we wouldn’t be able to afford him or his wages.

  • chuck

    Mar 25, 2010 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #9

    No we did`nt get promoted in the mid fifties nor did we get crowds of 56k.
    We were in the old first division all of the time and got average crowds in the high 40k.`s

  • chuck

    Mar 25, 2010 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #10

    As for a sell out, that was how many you could pack in on the terraces, crowd estimates were just that estimates.

  • Captain Beefheart

    Mar 25, 2010 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #11

    ‘If we can do that we’ll be Premier League Champions.’

    We’ll never top the Prem if we can’t top the Fizzy. Stop the premature backslapping, heads down, let’s win it outright and get the taste of the difference between 1st and 2nd!!

  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 25, 2010 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #12

    shola is not just for christmas he’s for life !
    How many times have we tried to get rid of him now.

  • StaffsToon

    Mar 25, 2010 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #13

    Live just down the road from Nottingham n was at their place when they beat us – forget their recent away form, they will be right up for this one as they know they r fkd unless they get a win. Should be a great game n all the sweeter if we take all three points! HWTL TTBaWA 🙂

  • Charlietoon

    Mar 25, 2010 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #14

    Shola needs to go however I would give him some playing time. If he scores a few goals we are more likely to get a CC team paying a mill or two for him. Otherwise he only recently signed a new contract so were stuck. Him, Butt, best, Xisco, Pancrate all gone.

  • StaffsToon

    Mar 25, 2010 at 9:29 PM

    Comment #15

    i trust CH to bring in players with the right attitude n work ethic, whether the quality will be there? What r the chances of more of the likes of Williamson n Routledge?

  • shear-class

    Mar 25, 2010 at 10:15 PM

    Comment #16

    StaffsToon Just as long as we dont get the same quality as Leon best

  • DJG

    Mar 25, 2010 at 10:46 PM

    Comment #17

    Am I right in thinking that all the teams that have beaten us this season the lads have then had a revenge win at home. Hope this continues with forest on monday. The only worry is the defensive injuries.


    Mar 25, 2010 at 11:15 PM

    Comment #18

    Agree with Noir9 – I’d take a draw now.

    The thing about Shola is that he will be happy to be back up next season, and when called upon he has the PL experience. He shouldn’t be 1st choice but could be back up.

  • thompaz

    Mar 26, 2010 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #19

    DJG – not exactly.

    We have lost 4 games this season.


    We drew with Derby at St James’ before getting twonked 3-0 away.
    We are yet to play Blackpool and forrest at home.

    So the answer is no you are wrong in thinking all the teams that have beaten us the lads have then had their revenge at home.

    Make no Mistake, It will be a tough game but I think the lads can get a result with 50+ Thousand roaring them on.



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