Newcastle have three games left for the season and tomorrow’s home game against Birmingham is the easiest of the three.
That’s on paper of course, but Newcastle easily beat Birmingham, at St. Andrews 2-0 and if they can put in a decent and spirited display they could get their second double of the season, having earlier defeated West Ham twice.
Newcastle have not done too well since mid January and only have two wins in their last 14 league games and have only 13 points in those games – so surely we’re due a win – especially at home.
Newcastle also play WBA at home two weeks on Sunday in the final game soft the season, and they have a decent chance of winning that game, but WBA have been in awesome form since Roy Hodgson took over and have only a single defeat since the former Liverpool and Fulham manager took over.
Newcastle have many many players injured including Ben Arfa, Dan Gosling, Alan Smith, Leon Best James Perch, Danny Guthrie, Mike Williamson and Sol Campbell.
Alan Pardew will have difficulty filling his bench tomorrow and we’ll see a lot of teenagers there.
Steven Taylor will get start for the injured Mike Williamson, who somehow managed to break his arm in the gym yesterday, so the starting eleven seems to pick itself:
Simpson Taylor (S) Coloccini Enrique
Barton Tiote Nolan (c) Gutierrez
Subs: Harper Tavernier Ferguson Richardson Taylor (R) Kuqi Ranger
That’s not a bad looking starting eleven, but there’s not much experience ion the bench, so Pardew will have a hard job changing the game tomorrow in the second half, if he has to.
Tim Krul continues in goal, probably for the rest of the season, so Alan Pardew can take a better look at him, and Pardew might as well give some of the youngsters some playing time, depending on how the game goes in the second half.
Newcastle need to play with conviction tomorrow, and none of this end of season lethargy stuff, as Pardew has said several times before, that some players are playing for their Newcastle futures.
Of course with 8 senior players injured and out for the season, maybe some of them, like Sol Campbell as one example, have already played their last game for Newcastle.
But these players get paid big money to do their jobs, and after last weekend’s rather inept performance at Liverpool, they owe it to their fans to give a spirited display, which is just exactly what Alan Pardew says he is looking for tomorrow afternoon.
If the lads can produce a spirited performance, then there’s a high likelihood they can collect all 3 points against an ordinary looking Birmingham side.
That would make Newcastle fans feel a lot better tomorrow night – that’s for sure.
Howay The Lads!!