Newcastle face a tough game at Molyneux tomorrow afternoon, against a club who have made a good start to the season, and are currently unbeaten.
With two different Newcastle sides having won their last two games, it wouldn’t surprise us in the least if the team that started the game against Aston Villa last Sunday, the senior side if you like, takes the field tomorrow against Wolverhampton Wanderers.
All those players were rested during the midweek Carling Cup game at Accrington Stanley, although captain Kevin Nolan had to replace the injured Haris Vuckic in the last 3 minute of injury time – but Kevin wasn’t injured. 😀
Xisco and Danny Guthrie are not available through injury, and we assume Sol Campbell will not be in the squad either, so this is the side we expect Newcastle manager to start tomorrow in a 4-5-1 formation:
Perch Coloccini Williamson Enrique
Routledge Smith Barton Nolan (c) Gutierrez
Subs: Krul Tavernier Kadar Taylor(R) Lovenkrands LuaLua Ameobi
The subs bench includes three of the youngsters who played very well on Wednesday night – James Tavernier (19), Tamas Kadar (20) and Kazenga LuaLua (20) – who was our Man of the Match.
Newcastle have made a good start to the season, after looking very second best against Manchester United in that very first game.
But one thing that made the Newcastle side very successful last season, is that they went into every game prepared, and were never over-confident and always respected the opposition.
That will also be true tomorrow, and it seems that Chris Hughton very much respects the great job Wolves manager Mick McCarthy has done at Molyneux, over these last four years.
If we were to be honest we think this is a game we can get points out of, and with the application the lads have shown in each of the first three games, there’s no reason we cannot do that.
Last Sunday afternoon, Newcastle seemed to take their chances well, but in the first 20 minutes Villa missed two golden opportunities to score, and Newcastle will need to be very solid in defense in those first 20 minutes tomorrow afternoon. No slip-ups, and the lads must start confidently, and not as tentative or nervous as last Sunday afternoon.
So while Newcastle had a fairly lucky start last week, the lads took advantage of it – to be sure. Newcastle racked up an amazing six goals, but quite honestly we’d be pleased enough with a draw tomorrow afternoon, although a win would be just great.
Come to think of it, a win tomorrow, and new signings Ben Arfa and Robbie Keane through the door before next Tuesday afternoon, and the club would be in very good shape indeed for the coming season.
Howay The Lads!!