Our two local strikers, Shola Ameobi and Andy Carroll, have both started up front in the last two league games, and we’ve won both games, with two excellent performances and 7 goals scored.
Shola – showing great form this season – so far
The 2-1 win at West Ham showed Newcastle at their best after the first 20 minutes, when we admittedly looked anything but secure, but after that Tiote, Barton and Nolan seemed to completely run the game for the Magpies – and we got a terrific 2-1 win, which Chris said was the best performance by a Newcastle team since he took over as manager.
Chris may have had to change his mind on that one, after Sunday’s performance and the 5-1 win over Sunderland, because that game. and the way the lads played and completely routed the opposition, will be talked about for generations on Tyneside.
After those two good performances you would you think Chris Hughton would start the same side against Arsenal at the Emirates on Sunday, but that may not happen, as Chris may revert back to his 4-5-1 formation.
Hughotn may have to do that to combat one of the best midfields in the Premier League, and there will then be room in the starting line-up for just one of the big local strikers.
Shola Ameobi, who had another excellent game on Sunday and scored two good goals, is hoping Chris will keep a 4-4-2 formation for Sunday’s game, as he said today:
“People didn’t think it would work but I know Andy’s game,” “Just because we’re both big lads doesn’t mean we can’t play together – we’ve shown that in the last couple of games.”
“When we’re on our game we’re a match for anyone in the Premier League.” “I think defences will find us difficult to deal with. Now we just need to keep doing the same things week-in, week-out.”
“I know Andy didn’t score on Sunday but he was absolutely terrific. His determination was incredible – he created so much.” “It’s a partnership in it’s early stages but I’m really, really confident it will work.”
If we can get anything at all out of the Arsenal game we’ll be happy enough, but we’re not expecting much, but then we have two home games in the following week – both at home.
We play Blackburn on the following Wednesday, and then Fulham on the following Saturday, so we expect Chris to attack in both games with a 4-4-2 formation and both big lads up front.
The goal surely is to win both those two home games, and it’s now likely the crowd at St. James’ Park will start to increase near to capacity, as Newcastle are also playing very good attacking football, after the disasters of Blackpool and Stoke and the near disaster of Wigan.
But nothing is ever certain with Newcastle of course – nothing – so we’ll just have to wait – and hope – and see – but if the lads can get 6 points from their next 3 games, we’ll be in a very good position so early in the season, with 20 points from 13 league games, and we’ll be buzzing.