In one sense tonight’s game at Blackburn could be considered Newcastle’s most important games of the season.
It seems that Newcastle’s very good start to the season, will mean the side will not be involved in relegation, and now a target could be to try to win the first trophy on Tyneside since Newcastle won the Inter-City Fairs Cup way back in 1969, when even I was a youngster – well fairly young.
That’s 42 years ago and it will be at least 43 years before Newcastle win their next trophy – whenever that may be.
But Alan Pardew has openly talked this season about Newcastle winning a trophy during his time as manager on Tyneside, and that’s one of his goals, and the confident Londoner has said he will be disappointed when he leaves Newcastle, if he has not won a trophy for the club.
That’s a great ambition to have, and it also indicates the level of positive thinking the Newcastle manager has, and it seems to have been reflected in the way Newcastle play these days, and our lads are still unbeaten after 11 games and remain 4th top of the Premier League table with 19 points from their 9 games.
Shola Ameobi and Mike Williamson are the two players who are not available to play this afternoon with injury, and both are likely to return in four to six weeks time.
After thinking for a long time just what team Pardew will field tonight – this is our best shot:
Santon Coloccini (C) Taylor (S) Taylor (R)
Marveaux Cabaye Abeid Gutierrez
Subs: Elliot Simpson Perch Guthrie Lovenkrands Ameobi (Sa) Best
We’re asssuming that Steven Taylor can play with a mask protecting the broken nose he picked up on Saturday against Wigan.
Let’s know what you think the starting eleven will be tonight.
There’s still no place in that 18 man line-up for Shane Ferguson, Dan Gosling or Alan Smith, but we also think that Pardew will want to put out a very strong side in hopes of winning this game.
With our next game not being until Monday night, it will also give the regular first teamers in the side, a chance to recover before visiting Stoke City on Monday night.
Keys to the game for Newcastle are as follows:
- The Newcastle side can play well together with whatever changes Alan Pardew makes
- The defense is at their best and can possibly keep a clean sheet
- Ben Arfa brings some additional creativity to the side up front
- Demba Ba and the other players are in top form in front of goal
We half expect Blackburn manager Steve Kean to field a full strength side for this game, as he tries desperately to keep his job as Blackburn manager.
And there is news there will be more demonstrations from the Blackburn supporters tonight, who will be calling on the Indian owners to dismiss the Blackburn manager.
In their five league games at home this season Blackburn have won only one game and that was surprisingly against Arsenal, when they won 4-3 in mid-September and played well.
They have however also lost four league games at Ewood Park, and have scored 6 goals and conceded 12, so there’s a decent chance Newcastle can win this game if they bring their A game to Ewood Park tonight.
In the Carling Cup this season, all their games have been at home so far, and in previous rounds they beat League One sides Sheffield Wednesday 3-1 and Leyton Orient 3-2.
We have to hope that Newcastle are in or near their best form tonight, and we’ll all be hoping for a win, and that will definitely keep the spirits sky high on Tyneside, and we’ll all look forward to the quarter final draw this Saturday.
Howay The Lads!!