Birmingham’s former Aston Villa midfielder Craig Gardner starts a two-match suspension and will miss the game with Newcastle tomorrow.
Craig Gardner – suspended for two games
Craig, who’s just 24, was sent off against Wolves last weekend after only 26 minutes when he received a second yellow card for diving.
To be fair to Gardner, he admitted he had dived after the game and apologized to his manager, although he had little other option, because TV replays clearly showed he was not touched by a Wolves defender, before he made his rather dramatic swan dive.
Do these guys practice these in training? They seem to be rather good at the simulation, as it is sometimes called.
This is probably good news for Newcastle, because Gardner is a very decent player, and it seems that Spurs loan player David Bentley will also not be starting tomorrow.
David was not included even as substitute in the vital game against Wolves at St. Andrews last week, which ended up 1-1, and he simply walked out of the dressing room in a huff.
How’s that for a mature and overpaid footballer?
David could well be on the bench tomorrow, but the danger man could well be Newcastle transfer target Seb Larsson, who’s been in great form for Birmingham this year.
Seb scored their goal last weekend and also hit the bar direct from a free kick, and he could well be the player Newcastle need to watch out for.
Let’s hope the 25 year-old doesn’t try to impress Newcastle manager Alan Pardew too much, by having a stormer tomorrow.
The Swedish International, who started his career at Arsenal, can keep those performances for then he’s a Newcastle player next season. 😀
Newcastle have just two wins in their last 15 games since early January, and this is the best chance in the three remaining games of getting their 11th win of the season.