This is the most important game so far this season for Newcastle United.
It’s also a league game, so that’s always important, as we have to pick up some points this season, enough points hopefully so that we’re not even in the relegation zone. That would be great.
And with the gossip press all over Chris Hughton, for some strange reason, the Magpies fans seem to have got right behind this polite gentleman, who is managing the Newcastle club right now, and the fans will literally will the team on to a possible win tomorrow afternoon against those local rivals in their red and white.
But don’t confuse the politeness of Chris Hughton with his extreme competitive spirit, and his tremendous will to win and be successful as the Newcastle manager.
You can see that pent up emotion in Chris come out, whenever the lads score a goal – but he’s got it so that he gets himself right back in control in about 5.5 seconds (we’ve timed it). 😀
Steve Bruce, the Geordie manager and Newcastle supporter, will of course not be supporting the black and whites tomorrow afternoon, and he will do his absolute utmost to get a win at St. James’ Park – because that’s his job and he’s turned into such a great professional, and done very well so far on Wearside.
Indeed, Steve Bruce has gone up a lot in our view this week, following the true and kind words he said about Chris Hughton yesterday, as he supported Chris fully as the manager at Newcastle United, based on Chris’ excellent record so far.
And Chris this morning showed that he was obviously both pleased and seemingly moved, by the utter class shown by the Sunderland manager. Good on Steve!
In fact both managers have waxed lyrical about each other, but that will not stop each of them going all out tomorrow afternoon for the win, and give their supporters some bragging rights, which is what each set of supporters crave after these games.
Both clubs have done quite well so far this season, with Sunderland on 12 points from 9 games and Newcastle one point less, and both have the same goal difference of +1, so they are both in decent shape.
We say this because we are not ones who want Sunderland to go down, or anything like that, because it’s important for the north east area that both North East clubs are in the Premier League and both doing well.
As long as Newcastle can beat them twice a season of course.
And we don’t even think the Middlesbrough game is much of a rivalry at all, because the Newcastle and Sunderland supporters are completely different from those down south in Middlesbrough.
Newcastle will have Steven Taylor and Sol Campbell unavailable for tomorrow’s game, with long-term casualty Dan Gosling also not available of course.
As far as the Newcastle team tomorrow goes, we’d be very surprised if Chris does not start the side that did so well at West Ham last Saturday for a great 3 points, so this is the side we expect Chris to name tomorrow:
Simpson Coloccini Williamson Enrique
Barton Tiote Nolan (c) Gutierrez
Subs: Soderberg Perch Smith Guthrie Lovenkrands Taylor (R) Ranger
We’d like to have included Haris Vuckic as a sub, because of his very promising display on Wednesday night against Arsenal, but we think Chris will prefer Danny Guthrie, but we definitely think that big Nile Ranger will be a sub, and that he will get a game tomorrow afternoon too.
One key to the game is for the two front men to let the Sunderland defense know they are around with their physical presence, and when one of the local lads Shola or Andy tires in the second half, Chris can bring on Nile Ranger, who’s another handful.
One weakness we’ve had in the last few games is the defense, and they’ve given away some very poor goals, and 13 goals conceded in 9 games is too many, and we just cannot afford any mistakes tomorrow afternoon, so Coloccini and Williamson will be very important players for Newcastle in this derby game.
But as we’ve said before, if there’s ever a game the Newcastle players need to do their talking on the pitch, and support their manager, it’s this game tomorrow afternoon. Whatever happens during the game, the goal is to be ahead after the added time runs out after 90 minutes.
And our lads should play the game as if their lives depended on winning it, and we want to see all the fight, enthusiasm and guts our lads have shown since Chris came on board 16 months ago.
But it’s very important that our boys pull it off tomorrow and get the win, first of all for their manager, the under-fire Chris Hughton, and then for their fantastic fans.
We’ll be ecstatic if Newcastle can get the win tomorrow afternoon – ecstatic.
Howay The Lads!!