With Newcastle being hammered 4-0 yesterday at Stoke, it’s hard to find some positive things to write about.
Sunderland are on 38 points, and in 9th place above Stoke, but have a worse goal difference than the Magpies. A win against Wolves would not only give Newcastle a very valuable 3 points, but could take us above Sunderland too.
And here’s the thing, in their last 6 games Sunderland have 5 defeats and just one draw, at Arsenal two weeks ago. So it makes Newcastle’s slump look not too bad, with just 1 point from 3 games, but the Magpies have 3 draws and one win in the last 6 games, so have gained 5 points on Sunderland in the time.
The only thing that matters for Newcastle now is that everything these next couple of weeks, needs to be towards getting all 3 points against Wolves at St. Jame’s Park on April 2nd.
It was never really a 4-0 game yesterday at the Britannia Stadium, but the defense cannot give away such sloppy goals like they did, and expect anything out of the game.
That has to be put right, and the very fact that Steven Taylor wasn’t part of the debacle yesterday probably puts him in line to get a start against Wolves.
And Coloccini looked good in the middle of midfield yesterday in that second half, and maybe he could get a start in place of Cheick Tiote against Wolves. Cheick is suspended for two games having picked up his 10th yellow card of the season just before half time.
Shane Ferguson had an excellent game yesterday, and is currently way out in front in our Man of the Match poll, with 73% of the vote, and is also rated the best player in the ratings poll, where you can rate each player out of 10 for their performance.
If you haven’t yet voted then both polls are on the home page down the right hand side.
We wouldn’t be surprised if Shane starts against Wolves, if there are any doubts at all about Jose Enrique, and of course he can also play effectively on the left wing too.
We should see Shane get a run-out in almost all of the 8 remaining games, and he was a breath of fresh air for Newcastle yesterday.