James Perch is trying to nail down a first team starting position at Newcastle at right back.
James Perch – we should win today
The jury is still out on James, but as far as we are concerned we think it’s possible for Perch to make some big improvements in his game, as he gets more game sat the higher class of the Premier League, and hope he does exactly that.
But with Danny Simpson and Steven Taylor soon back in full training, James will have significant pressure on him for that starting full-back position very soon.
And Perch seems very well aware that our home games are going to be very important this season:
“Our home games are going to be massive,” “We think we can beat most teams at home. We have looked so strong away and if only we could have got the points at home, it would have made a massive difference. We do not want to have to keep going away and nicking points.”
“Really we should be getting three points from most games at home. The home form has been a bit of a surprise because the lads were unbeaten at home last year. I know it is a different league, but it is still a surprise.”
“We have been at Wolves and Everton and had good results, and had a decent perfor-mance at Man City, so it does surprise you when you do that but then lose at home to Stoke and Blackpool. We know we should be doing better.”
“We look at every home game as a big one,” “Unfortunately for us we have lost two on the bounce so we certainly do not want to make it three.”
Newcastle’s form this season has been a little bit of a surprise with great performances away from home at Wolves, Everton and Chelsea in the Carling Cup, so the lads have already shown they are very tough mentally, at least on the road.
All that’s all very well, but we must get our act together at home. The Blackpool defeat was a fluke as the lads did everything right, except put the ball in the back of the net.
And in the first half against Stoke Newcastle completely outclassed the opposition, only to fall apart in the last 25 minutes of that game, which is what we used to do in our relegation season.
But we’ve seen enough talent and fight in the team this season, to believe Newcastle may even have a chance to stay above the relegation fray, and that’s what we’re hoping for.
A win against Wigan today will help with that big time.
Howay The Lads!!