Newcastle looked a good organized team at Blackburn, and it seemed in the end, that Blackburn were happy enough with their point, although they were booed off the field after Newcastle had completely bossed the game, in the second half.
Cheick Tiote – in action on Saturday
It seems that former Newcastle striker Oba Martins, who left the club after Newcastle were relegated, will play for Birmingham, so let’s hope he doesn’t score.
Newcastle’s Cheick Tiote, who had another enterprising and busy performance against Blackburn on Saturday afternoon, and who is a huge favorite with the Newcastle crowd, said that Newcastle will go to the Midlands tomorrow night, looking for a win.
The midfielder told the Evening Chronicle today:
“We do not fear anybody.” “Birmingham is our next game and we go there to win.”
“I don’t think there is a team to be scared of in the Premier League.”
“Maybe we can finish higher – sixth or seventh? We have to work together and keep playing well.”
And one huge difference with the squad of two years ago, with today’s lads, is there are no cliques in the dressing room, and our lads these days will fight to the death, as witnessed only 9 days ago against Arsenal, when the lads produced the greatest come-back in Premier League history.
“Everybody here is close.” “We are all good friends and that is not the same at every club. We work together and have the same hard-working mentality within the group.”
“This much was obvious when Shefki Kuqi arrived here.” “When you have a new player, you have to help him.” “We believe we can win every game we play now.”
“You look at what happened against Arsenal and it gave us so much belief against one of the best teams in Europe.” “You saw that at Blackburn and they came off the field happy to draw with us.”
“It was the same against Sunderland and Spurs – they were happy with a point.” “If we want to stay in the Premier League we need to try to win every game – and that is what we are trying to do.”
“I think we had a chance to win the game.” “If you have the most chances in the match you have take them.”
Newcastle must keep all their good players in the summer, but we must say we have our doubts, following the Andy Carroll affair in late January.
And if Leon Best doesn’t produce before the end of the season, we could well see Leon move on, and at least two big strikers brought into the club.
Maybe big free agent Johan Elmander from Bolton, and young 17 year-old super-star Connor Whickham from Ipswich Town, who stands 6’3″ tall already, and he’s probably still growing.
Those two would be great buys for Newcastle this summer, for different reasons.
But first of all we are only looking for PL survival this season, and 3 points tomorrow night will aid that goal immensely.