While some players are now back into the fold following injuries and suspensions, it seems that Steve Harper and Danny Guthrie are injured, and will miss the game on Saturday.
Alan Pardew – on the sidelines on Tuesday
We hope we’re wrong, but Alan Pardew’s management spell at Newcastle is looking a lot like Graeme Souness’, with all the injuries being accumulated in the Newcastle squad, and most seem to be picked up in training.
Steve Harper has a knee problem and will now have a small operation on it, and Danny has some kind of foot injury and we’re not sure how long he will be out, but he’ll not play tomorrow.
Injections have been used on Steve’s knee to control things, but we’re not sure what the injections are, and we have to hope they are not cortisone injections.
Kevin Nolan is back from suspension and Stephen Ireland is fit again and ready to show what he can do in a Newcastle shirt, so Alan Pardew should be able to pick a strong team for tomorrow afternoon’s game at Bloomfield Road.
Newcastle are now on 40 points, and a win against Blackpool tomorrow will take the side to 43 points and keep them in 9th position in the league, in all likelihood.
This is what Alan Pardew said today:
“We want more consistency in our results,” “We’ve had injuries and suspensions but we’ve got no excuses now because everybody’s available, just about.”
“Danny Guthrie isn’t going to make this game with a foot injury, but Kevin Nolan returns from suspension so that helps.
“We’re as strong as we’ve been since I got here. It’s good news in terms of selection.”
“This team’s good enough for a top-10 finish in this division and we’ve got five games to prove that. We want to get out of the relegation equation as quickly as possible.”
Newcastle are fresh from their great display on Tuesday night, which has brought them many plaudits.
And my Dentist yesterday said one of his patients watched some of the game on Tuesday afternoon over here – it was broadcast on ESPN and they have a TV above the head, so you can watch TV when you are in the dentist’s chair, so my Dentist knew the result of the game.
Blackpool are not half the side Manchester United are, so it will indeed be a test of Newcastle’s consistency as to how the lads perform at Bloomfield Road, but anything but a win will be a let down, after how the lads performed on Tuesday night.
3 points and we’ll be flying, and the next game is a week on Sunday at Anfield, where the lads can again test just how good they are.