When is the Newcastle team going to have the rub of the green this season?
Newcastle have played very well so far this year, and if we forget the Stevenage game (please!), then in our 9 league games this year the lads have won 3, drawn 5 and lost just a single game to Fulham, and scored 15 goals and conceded only 8 – which is not too bad at all.
Certainly the Newcastle defense has looked a lot more solid than last year, and but for that first 26 minutes disaster against Arsenal, we have conceded only 3 goals in those 9 games.
Of course we conceded 4 goals in 26 minutes against the Gunners, and that seemed the result of a hangover after losing Andy Carroll to Liverpool, but the lads made up for that in an unforgettable second half display – in fact the greatest comeback in Premier League history, and it made headlines around the sporting world. 😀
And Check Tiote broke the 50 meters dash world record, after scoring his phenomenal first goal ever for Newcastle, that equalized the scores, with just 3 minutes remaining on the clock.
The Newcastle players are over the disappointment of losing Andy, and with a win tomorrow Newcastle would be above Liverpool in the table, when Andy makes his expected debut for The Reds on Sunday against The Red Devils. That would be good.
Newcastle’s form in 2011 has been good, but the return in points has been just okay, and we should have had more wins and therefore more points up on the board.
The Newcastle side will be going all out for the 3 points tomorrow, and since Alan was still trying to win the game last week, when we had been reduced to 10 men after Ryan Taylor had been sent off, then we can rest assured the lads will be trying to win this game right through to the very end.
And of course a home win couldn’t come at a better time, as the Newcastle side are just 3 points off 6th place, and since 6th placed Liverpool are not playing tomorrow, a win will see us overtake them for at least for a day, until they take on Manchester United at Anfield on Sunday afternoon.
There is an injury concern with two of our players who could start on the right wing tomorrow – Joey Barton and Stephen Ireland.
Joey was rated only 50-50 yesterday by manager Alan Pardew, so there’s still a chance he could start the game with Ireland on the bench, but if Joey’s not fit then Ireland is next in line, and will make his Newcastle debut, but of course he picked up a slight injury in training yesterday.
If both lads don’t make it, then we expect young Danny Guthrie to start on the right wing, and we hope the 23 year-old can take his chance, because he’s a very decent player, and he will be keen to show Pardew what he can do for Newcastle.
Ryan Taylor, who substituted for Joey Barton at the last minute last Saturday and had a good game, misses the next three games through suspension, which is cruel luck on the Liverpudlian, since Ryan had only just returned from an ankle injury which kept him out these last five months.
Shola Ameobi is now back and available to play in his face-mask, to protect the broken cheek-bone he picked up at Fulham early last month, and Shola could steal a few goals in the second half if he raids that Everton defense – couldn’t resist that one.
We expect Shola to start on the bench along with the fast-improving 19 year-old Nile Ranger, and both will probably get a run-out in the second half, but we don’t expect to see Shefki Kuqi on the bench tomorrow, and he could already have played his last game for the Magpies.
Ben Arfa, Dan Gosling and Alan Smith are all out injured , and we’ll assume that Barton and Ireland don’t make it, and that Danny Guthrie will start out on the right wing, and we expect the rest of the side to be unchanged, since the lads in current possession of the shirts have been playing very well of late.
This is the side we think Alan will start against Everton:
Simpson Coloccini Williamson Enrique
Guthrie Tiote Nolan (c) Gutierrez
Subs: Krul Taylor (S) Perch Campbell Ferguson Ranger Ameobi
The keys to the game tomorrow are that we have a very strong performance from the defense, and hopefully a clean sheet, because the Bolton goal last week was a sloppy one to concede, from a Newcastle viewpoint, and it ended up costing the team a valuable 2 points in what would have been a terrific win.
We have to hope that Tiote and Nolan are again in good form in the middle of the park, and that Lovenkrands and Best can put home those chances they will no doubt get in tomorrow’s game.
We’ve said for most of this week that in one of these games very soon, Newcastle will be a few goals up at the break, if they can only take their chances, as happened against Aston Villa and West Ham, where the lads converted most of the chances they had in those two games.
Maybe that will happen tomorrow, but there’s no doubt at all that a win for the lads tomorrow will keep us all in good stead on 39 points, for at least the next couple of weeks, until we travel to Stoke City, and look for another win there too.
Howay The Lads!!
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