Sol Campbell has already played in three Reserve games in the last month for Newcastle, and will make his Newcastle debut tonight in his home town – he was born in Plaistow in east London – against Chelsea in the Carling Cup.
Sol Campbell - makes debut tonight
Mike Williamson has seen the former England great grow in training, and become fitter and fitter over the last few weeks.
And Williamson told the Evening Chronicle today from London:
“Sol’s feeling stronger and fitter every day. He’s done a lot of hard work in training, and that’s paying off. He might be making his debut.” “He’s played a few reserve games, and he’s feeling good.”
“To go and play a team like Chelsea, and some of the best players in the world, is always a great opportunity.” “I don’t know what the manager will be doing, or what changes he’ll make, but I’ll get myself ready for it, and see what happens.”
Newcastle manager Chris Hughton will ring in the changes tonight, and he is urging his players to enjoy the experience, but Chris will also be wanting to win this game, as usual – but against all the odds – that’s for sure.
Mike was also clear that Newcastle will be going all out, trying to win the tie tonight and put themselves in the 4th round draw to be made Saturday lunch-time.
“There’s no point going into a game unless you think you can win it.” “We’ll go in with a positive frame of mind.” “Obviously, it’s paramount we stay in the league, so that’s our main priority.”
“I think the manager’s got good strength and depth now, so the manager can make some changes, and still put a strong team out.”
Those are good words from Mike, and it shows the depth of spirit and camaraderie in the Newcastle camp, when Mike talks so well about a player who is after his starting place in the Newcastle team.
But this is a team game, and Chris will use the squad well this season – just like he did in his first season in management when Newcastle were promoted and won the Championship by a massive 11 points.
Howay The Lads!!
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