Big Improvement Needed To Beat The Blades Tomorrow Night

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
Lovenkrands Ameobi

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!!

Comments welcome.

12 comments so far

  • magpie6699

    Apr 4, 2010 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #1

    If Carroll is fit, would you start with him instead of Shola?

  • ginkoh

    Apr 4, 2010 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #2

    r.taylor willo kadar jose
    routledge guthrie nolan jonas
    loven carrol

    for me tomorrow.

  • xfer

    Apr 4, 2010 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #3

    Ed, good job finding the link to that table from 1907!

  • The Entertainers

    Apr 4, 2010 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #4

    Got my ticket for what i hope will be a great day / game / atmopshere.

    Hoping to see our strongest team get the win.

    Simpson Williamson Colo Enrique
    Routledge Guthrei Nolan Jonas
    Carroll Lovenkrands

    But would love to see Shola, Barton and Smith come on later.

    3-0………With Jonas to get his mask out!!

  • NewcastleMole

    Apr 4, 2010 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #5

    Does anyone else think that having a Promotion Party or that any kind of Big Celebrations would be wrong?

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Apr 4, 2010 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #6

    i think the players should save the party untill end of season and win us the league. but we can all still celebrate!!

  • NewcastleMole

    Apr 4, 2010 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #7

    What are we celebrating though?

    Feels like if we were all to celebrate it would be like we were celebrating Failure.

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Apr 4, 2010 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #8

    celebrating chris hughton rejuvenating our beautiful club

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Apr 4, 2010 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #9

    so glad the shoe bomber missed that penalty, also i really hope west ham go down, wor lass old man supports them and he is a cont

  • Nick 69

    Apr 4, 2010 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #10

    i think everyone should definitely celebrate, because in all honesty, come a few months time, there will be nothing left to celebrate as Ashley will not spend anywhere near enough to keep us up next season, he will rely on the players we have, who are, in the main, the same players that got us relegated!! shola has proven time and time again he cant cut it in the prem, and Leon Best is obviously in the plans for next season as we signed him on a 3 and a half year contract in jan, and he cant even cut it in the championship!!


    Apr 4, 2010 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #11

    Dont really think we need to improve to beat sheffield,the pitch had a lot to do with the performance at peterboro.

  • Sav

    Apr 4, 2010 at 11:15 PM

    Comment #12

    Once promotion is guaranteed, Hughton should give some of our top youngsters some experience and the encouragement of a start.

    I can’t remember the last time Ranger got a start – people are even saying its because he’s being a naughty wee lad after hours. Is he not at least as good as Best when he gets a chance?

    Kadar has not let us down and is starting to show he wants matches – give Colo a rest – he’ll hardly complain with the World Cup looming and start Tamas.

    Perhaps Vukic can get on for twenty minutes in any of the remaining games and judiciously blood one or two other of our best youngsters.

    Apart from encouraging these lads and showing they will get opportunities at the club, it also keeps up the competition for those first team regulars who may be tempted to ease off the gas with promotion in the bag. If seniors can see we can still win games with one or two youngsters in their positions, it will keep everyone on their toes. This opportunity to bring on our young players is worth more to us than getting 103 points or completing the season unbeaten at home if that happens to be sacrificed because next year such opportunities will be a luxury indeed.


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