Newcastle have a big chance to get through to the 4th round of the Carling Cup tonight at Nottingham Forest.
Dan Gosling – likely to get start tonight
Forest are in a little disarray after a terrible start to the season in the Championship under new manager Steve McClaren, and there have been some fan protests to add to the turmoil.
But that’s hardly the case at Newcastle, who are now 4th in the Premier League after five games, and it’s even looking like the Newcastle squad may be stronger than we had thought, with some of the youngsters and new signings are starting to come through well.
Alan Pardew has talked today about the Carling Cup:
“I was very relieved to get the job done in extra time last time.” “You just want to win and cup competitions are about being in the hat.”
“That’s all that matters and I don’t care how we do it. If it is extra time then that is fine for me – let’s just get through to the next round.”
Pardew brought in some fringe players for the last round at Scunthorpe – players like Dan Gosling and Peter Lovenkrands – but it was a very tough game and it looked for long periods as though Newcastle could have been going out of the Cup.
It wasn’t until the 80th minute when Ryan Taylor scored from his free kick that Newcastle were back in the game,. which they finally won in extra time, with a superb individual goal from young Sammy Ameobi.
Alan Pardew will again give a chance to some of his fringe players tonight:
“It will be a similar team to that at Scunthorpe, but it will be a motivated team that comes from the squad.”
“The squad is the most important thing at this football club.” “Everybody that is in the squad will play in the first team at some stage this season.”
“It’s important that they get a chance and get used to wearing the jersey.” “But the team has to be good enough to win this game.”
“I want to win it. The team will be strong and the bench will be strong too.”
Newcastle fans want the lads to win it tonight too, and then we would hope for a home tie in the 4th round against a lower league side, and we could well be on our way.