We expect Newcastle to field their strongest side tomorrow night against Sheffield United at St. James’ Park, and if Nottingham Forest don’t win at home against an in-form Cardiff City side tomorrow afternoon, Newcastle will be promoted, even before the kick-off.
Colin and Chris – should be celebrating tomorrow night
But the Magpies will need to play a lot better than they did in the first half yesterday, when bottom-placed Peterborough were the better and more enterprising side.
Newcastle didn’t have their strongest side out, but the display of Fabrice Pancrate, who was replaced at half time by first choice Wayne Routledge probably blew away any slim chance he had of earning a contract at Newcastle this summer, and news today is that his agent is out looking for other clubs who may be interested in the Frenchman – Newcastle are not.
If Newcastle start games like they did yesterday next season in the Premiership, we may find ourselves behind very early in those games, just like Burnley found themselves 3-0 down after just 6 just minutes yesterday at Turf Moor, after some woeful defending against an in-form Manchester City side.
We expect in-form Shola Ameobi to keep his place and we’d like to see young Tamas Kadar get a start in central defense, but we rather doubt that, and this is the side we think Chris will probably start tomorrow night.
Simpson Coloccini Williamson Enrique
Routledge Nolan Guthrie Gutierrez
That’s a strong side and should be able to get the job done tomorrow night, which is another win and 3 points.
We have to remember that Newcastle still have 3 home games to play, with Blackpool the visitors on Saturday afternoon to St. James’ Park, and we need to equal the record set way back in 1907.
That was the last time Newcastle were unbeaten at home in a season, when the lads won all but one of their 19 home games, drawing the other one. Newcastle also won the league that year, beating Bristol City by 3 points – here’s that league table from 1907.
Newcastle cannot match that record this year, but in the three remaining games – against Sheffield United, Blackpool and Ipswich Town, we have to go all out for wins.
Three wins at home will give us at least 95 points in the league this season, and a good target right now would be to try to get to 100 points.
The team will need to show their professionalism through the end of the season, and not start losing concentration in their games, because the league is still to be won, and WBA look to be in tip-top form at the moment.
Promotion and winning the Championship is the first goal – and then getting 100 points would be very nice too.
Howay The Lads!!