The Wigan game tomorrow afternoon at St. James’ Park is a game Newcastle will be expected to win.
After their fine fighting performance against a top Spurs side last Sunday, it would be a huge let down if Newcastle cannot get all 3 points tomorrow, but of course we have to remember that every team in the Premier League presents a challenge, and no game is ever easy.
But Newcastle should at at full strength tomorrow afternoon, and Alan Pardew said yesterday he expects his players to play the game with the same intensity that they showed in the Spurs game.
While we thought Alan Pardew may make a couple of changes to the side for tomorrow’s game, we think he could well start with another unchanged side, but will almost definitely give three subs a chance sometime in the second half.
And Alan will have in mind the Carling Cup 4th round tie on Wednesday evening at Blackburn Rovers, so some fringe players could get a start in that game.
Simpson Coloccini (c) Taylor (S) Taylor (R)
Obertan Cabaye Tiote Gutierrez
Subs: Harper Santon Guthrie Ameobi (Sh) Ben Arfa Lovenkrands Marveaux
We will find out tomorrow just how professional a side Newcastle are, and certainly in the past Newcastle have not brought the same intensity to games against the lesser sides, that they show against the top sides.
That has to change, and we have to hope the lads are at their best tomorrow, and if they are, they could win and win easily tomorrow, in front of what promises to be a loud and sizable crowd at St. James’ Park.
It could be that the same three substitutes used last week, Santon, Ben Arfa and Shola Ameobi could come on again in the second half, because all three of them all looked good once they were on the pitch last Sunday.
And of course Shola scored that wonderful equalizer after 86 minutes to get Newcastle the valuable point against Tottenham.
However, these three are all almost certain to start at Blackburn Rovers on Wednesday night, and their introduction will hardly weaken the side.
The keys to this game are the following:
- Newcastle need to bring the same intensity and enthusiasm to this game that they showed last Sunday afternoon
- The defense has to be tight and compact, and this has to be a great chance for another clean sheet, if they concentrate throughout the game
- The strikers are again on form, and Leon Best is due a goal and Demba Ba cannot seem to stop scoring
With some tough league games on the horizon, this becomes an every more important game for Newcastle, and if the lads can indeed get another home win tomorrow, then the side will be on 19 points after 9 games, and will remain 4th top of the Premier League.
That’s before we meet Stoke City a week on Monday night, as the next league game in the prgram.
We don’t want any surprises tomorrow afternoon, but it’s a little worrying that BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson has Newcastle down to win 2-0. 😀
Howay The Lads!!