It’s never good to lose a home team to a side that are below you in the Premier League.
Stephen Ireland – misses next game at Stoke with thigh injury 🙁
But that’s just exactly what happened to Newcastle last Saturday, but to be fair to Everton they (unfortunately) put in a very good and spirited show against Newcastle to take all 3 points.
But the Toffees were back to their old ways last night, when they could only draw 1-1 at home with lowly Birmingham, and there were a few boos at the final whistle for David Moyes’ players.
Newcastle still have to face Wolves, Birmingham and WBA at home, and they are all sides fighting relegation, and if the lads can win those three games, and that;s all we do this season – we’ll still be in good shape on 45 points.
That’s assuming of course we can some of out injured players back soon, with 9 players at the moment being unavailable – with 8 of them injured – and unlucky Ryan Taylor suspended for the next two games.
Alan Pardew talked about the next game – at Stoke in 9 days time:
“Stephen Ireland will definitely not figure in that game, we’ll have to wait and see on Joey Barton,”
“It’s not ideal, we already have a problem with Jonas Gutierrez, who carried a knock during the Everton game, so we’ll have to wait on those.”
“As a football manager it’s not ideal to lose a home game, and then have a run of injuries as well, so as I sit here it’s not the most comfortable of positions I’ve been in since I came here.”
“But we still have enough senior players, and some good players to take to Stoke and get a result.”
Newcastle need to take a fresh outlook at Stoke City, who are 2 points behind Newcastle with a much worse goal difference.
And there’s no reason at all the lads cannot come away with a good win in the game, if we can play somewhere near our best form.