Tomorrow is Newcastle’s last home game of the season against Ipswich Town, and if they don’t lose then Newcastle will have the first unbeaten season at home since the 1906-1907 season.
There are a number of injuries that Newcastle have right now, and it looks like Fitz Hall is out with a hamstring injury and Argentine Internationals Coloccini and Gutierrez are both doubtful.
Chris Hughton may want to give some players a game tomorrow, so if there are any real doubts about the two Argentines, we don’t think either of them will start the game.
And we have to think that Joey Barton, who was the Man of the Match on Monday night at Plymouth in our poll, will be a starter tomorrow, especially since he’s missed most of the season with his foot injury.
So here is the side we think Chris could start tomorrow afternoon with Gutierrez, Coloccini and Hall all assumed to be non-starters:
Simpson Williamson Kadar Enrique
Routledge Nolan (c) Barton Guthrie
Subs: Krul Tozer Smith Butt Best Ameobi Vuckic
Yes, it looks a rather strange midfield, and we have to think that Hughton will play an attacking 4-4-2 from the start of the match, and the question is who will be out on the left wing, assuming Jonas cannot play.
So we’ve put Guthrie out there, only because we think Barton and Nolan are the best two right now to play in midfield.
That team leaves out Alan Smith too, since Alan doesn’t seem to make the side when it’s an attacking formation.
We’ve also put 17 year-old Slovenian Haris Vuckic on the subs bench, since the lad is fit again after being out injured since last October, and the lad may even get a run out in the second half, because we’re sure Chris will use all 3 subs in the second half.
Tomorrow is not the time for the team to have an off-day, and first things first, the lads have to win this game, to put the icing on the cake – and it would be nice to be ahead early in the game.
That will allow the Newcastle fans to start celebrating way before the end of the game – but we still must get all 3 points tomorrow – no slip-ups.
We won 4-0 at Ipswich in September, so it would be good to see if the lads can do even better than that tomorrow afternoon.
And then when they’ve done that and won the game, the capacity crowd can celebrate the team being promoted and winning the Championship, and will get to witness the presentation of the Coca Cola Championship trophy to Newcastle United. Nicky Butt will do the honors for the club.
We also wonder if the club will unveil the new Puma strips sometime tomorrow – maybe after the game?
Tomorrow should be party time at St. James’ Park, the Cathedral on the Hill, in front of 52,000 relieved and very happy fans, and we can now forget the disasters and frustrations of last season.
Let’s face it, the players who have stayed on Tyneside, and the coaches at Newcastle have delivered big time this season – and they’ve been just fantastic.
We know those fans at the game tomorrow afternoon will let them know just that. 😀
Howay The Lads!!