If Newcastle had either Andy Carroll or Shola Ameobi in the side on Saturday, you’ve got to think Newcastle would have beaten Blackburn, and maybe easily too.
Peter Lovenkrands – good time to start scoring again
But even if Andy hadn’t left the Newcastle club at the end of January, for pastures anew, he would still be out through his thigh injury, but it showed that right now, Newcastle don’t have good striking power with Lovenkrands and Best up front.
We’d really like to see Nile Ranger get at least one start to see what he can do in a full game, rather than being brought on with 15 minutes to go, and also Shefki Kuqi may be given a chance, if the two current first choice strikers don’t deliver tomorrow night.
We hope the two lads will realize the criticism they have taken over Saturday’s lack-luster performance, and try to put things right, because we’ve seen both of them play really great, on their day.
But Pardew, rather wisely, is not blaming the lack of striking power at the club right now, for not being able to capture all 3 points on Saturday:
“We’re doing OK, we’re an honest team and the fans understand that when you put on a Newcastle shirt the minimum requirement is honesty,”
“Then you add quality and a bit of passion in your play and you can win games.” “We can do that with the players we’ve got.”
Newcastle are on 32 points, just 2 short of their total at the end of the relegation season two years ago, but it’s likely to take 10 points more to ensure Newcastle are safe this season.
The teams are still quite bunched – and there are just 9 points separating the bottom 11 clubs, so either one of those could still be relegated, and that includes both Newcastle and Birmingham.
So if we cannot win tomorrow night, it is important not to lose and have Birmingham gain 3 points on us.
Birmingham are showing some decent form lately, and have won four of their last 5 games, including the Carling Cup games.
But hey, Birmingham actually played their first team in that competition, and are in the final against Arsenal. And so did West Ham United, and they even reached the semi-final stage, although they are second bottom of the league right now on 25 points.
We thought that it wasn’t allowed to play your first team in the Carling Cup. 😀
Alan was pleased with the performance on Saturday, if not the result:
“It was just another point and it was important just to avoid defeat,”
“We were very resilient on Saturday and the stats suggested we should have won the game. We had a lot of possession and entries into the box but we didn’t win.”
“We move to the next game now which is Birmingham. It’s a Birmingham side who have got their tails up.”
We look for a win tomorrow, but we suppose another draw would be OK – but a defeat would be disastrous.