There are a number of reasons why Newcastle must think they can get a win tonight Loftus Road.
Shawn Wright Phillips – while at Chelsea
One is that QPR are newly promoted, and although they have brought in a few good players late in the summer transfer window, including a certain Joey Barton from Newcastle United, it will still take a little time for the new players to fully gel with their new team.
So it’s got to be an opportunity for Newcastle to go after their third league win of the season, and three wins out of four, and of course the number one goal this season is still to stay in the Premier League, and out of the relegation zone.
While Newcastle may not be able to do very well against the top teams like the two Manchester sides (it’s good we’ve missed those two power sides early in the season), and Chelsea, Newcastle must ensure they get points from the lower positioned clubs, and one of them is QPR, at least right now it is.
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew thinks it may be the right time to play QPR, and he had this to say today to the local Newcastle press:
“They’ve brought in some very good players.” “There’s no question about that.” “But of course they haven’t really had time to gel.”
“I’d be surprised if they put in a top of the range team performance, but certainly they’ve got individuals who can win the game.”
“The Premier League’s all about taking on teams at the right times because of injuries and suspensions.”
QPR brought in Joey Barton, Shaun Wright-Phillips and Anton Ferdinand late in the summer transfer window, and we saw a report yesterday that Anton Ferdinand said he was forced out at Sunderland.
That’s likely to be true, and the younger brother of England stalwart Rio, is hardly a Premier League class player, and he’s close to the truth that Sunderland were not too bothered to lose him, and that’s probably the brutal truth.
But Joey Barton and Shaun Wright Phillips are two good buys by the London club, and they should be able to help QPR big time through the end of the year, but hopefully not tonight.
The unfortunate news is that Newcastle’s top midfielder Yohan Cabaye suffered a slight knock on International duty playing for France last week, but Pardew is hoping he will be fit enough to line up in central midfield for the Magpies tonight.
He’s already a key player for Newcastle, and maybe Yohan can score his first goal for the club tonight?
Newcastle should be able to field a strong side at Loftus Road, and an indication of the strength of the squad should be a strong bench that Alan Pardew will be able to draw on in the second half, depending on how the game is going.
A win would be unbelievable for the Magpies tonight.