It could be that Steven Ireland could start for Newcastle next Saturday, when the lads are at home to Everton.
Ireland – while at Aston Villa ealrier in the season
That will be another tough game for Newcastle, even tougher than the Bolton game, but there was a bit of good news yesterday when Liverpool went down 3-1 at West Ham.
And the Hammers fully deserved their win, only their 6th of the season, with former Newcastle captain Scott Parker again the driving force behind the London side.
Scott scored the all important first goal, and a usual the West Ham fans gave great support to their side, and Parker played with guts galore – as usual.
And not only that, but manager Avram Grant was seen to smile – reportedly three times – during the game. 😀
It seems that Ireland is on standby to make his Newcastle United debut against Everton, and it all depends on the fitness of Joey Barton.
Ryan Taylor will miss the game through suspension, but put in a good shift for Newcastle yesterday, before he was sent off.
Joey Barton has a thigh injury which kept him out of Saturday’s game, and Alan thought he could make it before next Saturday, but Joey must surely be doubtful for that game.
But the good news is that Stephen Ireland is all ready to start that game, should he be required, as Pardew said today:
“Stephen could make his debut against Everton, but it depends on Joey,” “Ryan’s suspended, and Stephen has a great opportunity. He sent me a text saying ‘I’m ready to play’.”
“He knew Joey got injured in training, and fair play to him – that’s what you want. You want players who are desperate to play.”
It will be good to see Stephen in the side, and if we could get a win it could be huge for Newcastle, since the lads are now just 3 points behind Liverpool in 6th place, but with a superior goal difference, so it’s still all to play for.
West Ham seemed to outfight the Liverpool side from the off in yesterday’s game.
However Arsenal’s capitulation yesterday at the hands of Birmingham in the Carling Cup Final may mean that 6th position is the lowest position that will guarantee a Europa League position.
It’s amazing that Birmingham won the Carling Cup, as they are currently 5th bottom of the league, and Newcastle took them apart less than two weeks ago at St. Andrews.
Birmingham have scored only 25 PL goals from their 26 games this season, the lowest of any team in the division, and they are by no means safe in the league.
The defensive mistake that allowed former Newcastle striker Oba Martins to tap in from four yards was almost laughable it if hadn’t been so disastrous for Arsenal – because they didn’t even have time to come back.
But the way Arsenal blundered their way to defeat shows they still don’t have the back bone yet to be a great side -and don’t have the leadership on the field either.
Newcastle proved that a few weeks ago.
Note to Alan Pardew – next season play our first team in the Caring Cup – like Birmingham did this season – and we may even win it. Apparently that’s now allowed. 😀