Alan Pardew is under no illusions that tonight’s game at Stoke will be a difficult one for his Newcastle side.
Danny Guthrie – likely to get start again tonight
We know that Steven Taylor will be returning to the side to play in his new mask to protect his broken nose, but central midfield dynamo Cheick Tiote is still a doubt with his injured knee, and we have a feeling that Alan Pardew will stick with Danny Guthrie tonight, because of his good form in the Blackburn game.
Alan admitted Cheick couldn’t have done any better than Danny at Blackburn, and of course the Shrewsbury-born midfielder also scored a great goal late in the game, to start the amazing Newcastle comeback in injury time.
Alan complimented the play of Danny Guthrie in the tough Blackburn defeat:
“I don’t think Cheick could have done much more than Danny Guthrie on the night, he was brilliant,”
“To come into the team without having featured and score a wonder goal too, hats off to him.”
You really cannot ask any more of the fringe players other than when they do get their chance they take it, and play very well, and that’s exactly what Danny Boy did last Wednesday, and as Alan quite rightly says – hats off to him.
And Danny’s contract runs out next June, so he’ll be trying to get a contract extension to stay at the resurgent Newcastle, and certainly performances like the one he put in at Blackburn can only help him get a new contract on Tyneside.
Leon Best is also out tonight with his tonsillitis, and we think either Ben Arfa or Peter Lovenkrands will come into the side to partner big Demba Ba front.
Of course Newcastle do not have happy memories of the Britannia Stadium from last season because that was the game Newcastle surprisingly lost 4-00 after going into the game in good form.
So that’s at least one reason why the lads will be trying to bring all 3 points tonight and go 3rd top of the league in the process.
It’s important that Newcastle maintain their good form and his position in the league, because we must stand a good chance to get into Europe based on our league position, but that’s assuming our good form will continue.
Alan Pardew has no illusions about the game tonight:
“It’s such a difficult place to go and try to get a result,” “They play with two wingers and two strikers and there’s not many in the Premiership who do that.”
“They have a stadium that makes a lot of noise and they have a pitch that suits the
“It’s a small pitch and a lot of things come in your box.” “You’ve got to be big and strong and be able to cope with them.”
“Tony’s done a terrific job – and his staff – in targeting players that have taken the club forward every year, and again they look stronger this year.”
“So it’s going to be a big test for every team that goes there.”
It’s always a difficult game at Stoke, and a physical one too, but Newcastle go into this game tonight knowing that if they can remain unbeaten in the league, they will finish up 3rd top of the Premier League, and that has to be a great incentive for the Newcastle side.
They will go for it tonight, that’s for sure.
Howay The Lads!!