With Newcastle having such a bad week this week on a number of different fronts, there’s only one way to finish the week off, and that’s with a win at Sunderland tomorrow.
OK, that’s the end of this report ….. just kidding.
Newcastle had a good start to the season last weekend against Arsenal, but then we had all the bad news about Joey Barton and Gervinho, and it was made worse by tweets after the game by a certain Mr. Joey Barton.
The Tyneside club has also had no success in getting any players through the door, and it looks like Mike Ashley is just unwilling to pay the money out.
And then if that wasn’t bad enough, Newcastle were charged by the FA earlier in the week with failing to control their players in that first league game.
And only today, the club has been reported to the Premier League, over their approach in the last few days for Charlton goalkeeper Robbie Elliot.
That’s all not too good, so we must win tomorrow, and it’s really as simple as that.
With no new left-back coming in yet to replace Jose, it seems that Ryan Taylor will continue at left back for the Magpies.
And for whatever reason, we don’t have a good feeling about this game.
That’s probably due to the fact that we just don’t know enough about our new players, and what they’re like when push comes to shove, so to speak.
We would have been more confident if Kevin Nolan was starting the game because Kevin and Joey Barton could be relied on during a game, to turn things around, as they did so brilliantly against Arsenal in February.
Joey Barton is still at Newcastle and he will start again tomorrow on the right wing, and of course he will be one of the key players for the side, as he usually has been over the last year.
With Alan Pardew saying both Ryan Taylor and Shola Ameobi will start, here’s’ the likely team for tomorrow:
Simpson Coloccini (c) Taylor (S) Taylor (R)
Barton Tiote Cabaye Gutierrez
Subs: Harper Williamson Ferguson Marveaux Gosling Best Ba
Shane Ferguson seems fit again, and Marveaux showed great form for the Reserves in their 5-0 win against Gateshead Reserves, so we expect both players top make the bench tomorrow.
That’s a very strong bench and again there are a number of decent players like young Haris Vuckic, who has been called up for the Slovenian U21 side again, and Alan Smith not able to make the bench even.
It could be that our squad could be stronger than we think (hope springs eternal), but of course we still need a top left back and a top striker.
Sunderland will be the ones who will have to force the game tomorrow, and it’s an excellent chance for the new Newcastle team to show how good they are in an important game, and there’s none that come quite as important to Newcastle fans as the games against Sunderland.
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew wants his side to remain in control tomorrow, and this is what he had to say today regarding the derby game:
“You cannot go over the edge.” “Cheick, Barton, Colo, Steven Taylor and Shola to a degree know that.” “On their side Cattermole, Ferdinand and Wes Brown are all competitive players.”
“They are experienced enough to know how to conduct themselves in that atmosphere.” “It will be a ferocious atmosphere of course and it is one in which we will need calm heads.”
“As much as we will get ourselves up for the game, we will need to play our football too.” “I don’t think it is the type of game we can play ugly in and win.”
“We do not have that sort of team, so we will have to play well.” “Yohan Cabaye will be a big player for us.” “I think we all know that, but he needs to settle down and understand the division.
“This is a level up. At Sunderland it will not be any different.” “He needs to come out on top against Colback and Cattermole, who are aggressive players and he needs to be able to deal with that.”
Good words from the manager there, and we’re sure after this rather stressful week, Pardew would just love a win too.
The game is an early kick off game at 12:00 noon, so that’s both good and bad.
Very good if we win, because there’s a lot of Saturday still left to celebrate, but on the other hand, a defeat would make it not only a very bad Saturday, but a terrible weekend too.
We want to see our boys show that guts and glory, and get a win for the Newcastle fans!
Howay The Lads!!