There’s no doubt that Newcastle gave a flat performance at Villa Park last Sunday afternoon.
Shola Ameobi – back Tuesday night – hopefully
But it seems that the Newcastle players have had a good week in training, and there are no more injuries, thank goodness, and Shola Ameobi will in all likelihood be fit to start against Manchester United next Tuesday evening.
Shola had a scan done on his swollen knee last Monday, and all seemed well with no damage showing up, and we have to hope it is clearing up just fine, and the 29 year-old is due to resume training tomorrow.
Alan Pardew talked about what has happened this week:
“We’ve done some good work this week.” “We were a bit disappointed with the Aston Villa game. It’s one of those where it’s hard to understand why it didn’t catch light in any period.”
“It was a flat game, although both teams had good levels of motivation.” “There was a lot of nervousness on their part, and on ours, and we were a bit light.” “But I think we’ll be a lot stronger on the bench against Manchester United, on Tuesday, with a situation where we can change it in terms of personnel and senior players.”
“Shola Ameobi’s scan came back clear, which was obviously very important for us.” “Someone missing like Shola can make a big difference.” “He was the man-of-the-match in the win against Wolves in my opinion.”
“You’re going to get injuries and suspensions that affect you and your performance.” “But as we head towards Tuesday in preparation for Manchester United, we have Stephen Ireland training and we think Shola will be fine – but we’ll wait and see on Sunday.”
“Everybody else who played at Villa has come through.” “The mood in the camp is determined.”
At the very least it would be good to see Newcastle give an all-out performance against the Red Devils, but whether we can get anything out of that game, we don’t know, but it’s unlikely.
But we also have to think that the game at Blackpool a week tomorrow has become a crucial game, which Newcastle should win, so if there’s any doubts about players for Tuesday night, they probably should be saved for the very important Blackpool game.
Cheick Tiote is back on Tuesday night, and Kevin Nolan is due back from suspension for the Blackpool game, so we have to hope there are no more injuries picked up against Manchester United.
Blackpool have very poor defense, in fact the worst in the PL, having conceded 66 goals in 32 games, and there has to be a good chance that Newcastle can score some goals at Bloomfield Road.
If we cannot then we could be in big trouble, let’s put it that way.