This is the very last game of the season and even if Newcastle get nothing out of this game, it’s been a really good season for the Magpies – there’s just no denying that.
Newcastle could have a strengthened side from the one that got a valuable and deserved 2-2 draw last Sunday at Chelsea, with both Leon Best and Danny Guthrie being named in the initial squad.
Last week the youngsters came on in the second half – Nile Ranger, Sammy Ameobi and Kazenga LuaLua and they all looked the part, and of course Shane Ferguson started the game, and again looked good on the left wing.
With Argentine International Jonas Gutierrez out with a thigh strain, Shane will be making his 9th appearance for Newcastle tomorrow.
Alan Pardew may keep the central midfield unchanged with Joey Barton and Ryan Taylor again being given the chance, but if Danny Guthrie has looked good in training he could come into partner Joey in the middle, and Ryan could move out on the right wing, probably his best position.
Alan Smith is available but Pardew has come out today and said he doesn’t want to use Alan tomorrow, except in an emergency:
“I don’t really want to use Alan,” “Alan’s just there as an emergency, if I’m honest, because of his ankle.”
“He had a bad injury. We want to finish the season well, but we don’t want to put players at risk. Alan will probably be on the bench, but hopefully not used.”
So given all of that, this could be the Newcastle team tomorrow:
Simpson Coloccini Taylor(S) Enrique
Taylor (R) Barton (c) Guthrie Ferguson
Subs: Soderburg Tavernier Ameobi (S) Smith Ranger Best Kuqi
For all the injuries Newcastle have had, that still looks a decent starting eleven, and the bench is at least stronger than it was last week at Stamford Bridge.
And we shouldn’t forget the 3-1 defeat at The Hawthorns last December was the very last game in charge for our former manager Chris Hughton, who should also share in the success of this season.
And since then West Brom manager Roberto Di Matteo has also been sacked, and Alan Pardew and Roy Hodgson, formerly the Liverpool manager, are now the managers at Newcastle and West Brom.
Since both these clubs were also promoted from the Championship last season, a win would have Newcastle finish as the top promoted side in the Premier League this season, and it would also guarantee that we are ahead of Sunderland in the league table.
So those are just a few reasons the lads can use – if they need any sort of extra motivation for tomorrow’s game. 😀
We all want to see Newcatsle win tomorrow, but when the final whistle blows, whatever the result on the day, the lads have done so well this season in getting that respect and pride back to Newcastle United.
They need to be applauded for that.
Howay The Lads!!