The last Newcastle game at Aston Villa is a game the Magpies were really expected to win.
Peter Lovenkrands – his last goal against Wolves
But the lads were just hopeless in a game they really should have picked points up in, and the next game on Tuesday night is against table-topping Manchester United, and Newcastle are hardly expected to win that one.
So Newcastle being Newcastle – does that mean they will get something out of it?
Maybe, but whatever happens on Tuesday night, Newcastle had better make sure they don’t let Blackpool beat them on the following Saturday at Bloomfield Road.
Blackpool have just one win in their last 12 league games so we have to hope (and pray) the lads don’t play like they did against Aston Villa, who had just one win in 7 games before they beat the Magpies.
Newcastle have only got 4 points out of their last 5 games, and that’s hardly good enough to pull away from the relegation zone sufficiently, and there’s little doubt that Andy Carroll is now going to be a big miss through the end of the season, as he’s looked just great for Liverpool.
Leon Best initially did a very good job in filling in for Andy, with 6 goals in 11 league games, but he’s now crocked, and out for the rest of the season, after having an ankle operation.
Peter Lovenkrands can knock the goals in, and we have to hope that with Shola Ameobi alongside him, Newcastle’s attack next Tuesday can look a lot more dangerous than they did at Villa Park, when they looked as though they couldn’t shoot themselves out of a wet paper bag.
Peter Lovenkrands talked about the upcoming game:
“We want to get back to winning ways – and the next game should be an easy three points!,”
“Nobody is expecting us to go and beat Man United 5-0 (we did once), so we need to just see how many points we can get out of it.”
“We need to keep focusing, not just on safety but focusing on getting points and then in the end see where that takes us.”
“But we obviously need to make sure we stay clear of the bottom three above all else.”
The last time Manchester United visited St. James’ Park was in March, 2009, with Chris Hughton and Colin Calderwood in charge of the Magpies, and quite honestly I’ve never seen a Newcastle team come out of the blocks quite so quickly.
In that first 30 minutes the lads played their hearts out in front of the home crowd, and of course Lovenkrands got the early goal, when the usually reliable Edwin van der Saar spilled a shot right at his feet.
So Peter poked it home – it was that easy!
But of course Manchester United can come back in any game, and they did in this one to win 2-1, when a draw in that game, would have been enough to see Newcastle survive in the Premier League – as it turned out.
If Newcastle are going to get anything out of the next game, they will have to go all out for the full 90 minutes, because Manchester United are playing very good football at the moment.
They also happen to have 7 successive wins in all competitions, which we expect to be 8 after their FA Cup semi-final against Manchester City at Wembley on Saturday.
If we can get 3 points out of the next 2 games we’ll be very satisfied indeed.