Newcastle haven’t won in the last four games and have just one point from those endeavors.
So with newly promoted Swansea City side the visitors to St. James’ Park tomorrow, you would think it would be the game to get back to our winning ways.
And that’s a decent possibility, although it will be made more difficult by the injuries Newcastle have picked up recently, and were responsible for the 4-2 defeat at Norwich City last Saturday.
Both Coloccini and Steven Taylor were out for that game, and Danny Simpson and James Perch were drafted into central defense, and we thought before the game that was a big mistake, because there was no height or heading ability at the back.
And the two lads just couldn’t get the job done, and all four Norwich goals came from headers following crosses into the box.
And to be fair to Perch and Simpson, they were both playing out of position, and they did their level best at Norwich, but they just were not good enough is the simple truth.
But there seems every chance that Coloccini will return tomorrow, although today he’s still only 50-50 for that game according to manager Pardew.
Steven Taylor is of course out for the season, but Mike Williamson is fit again and played in the Reserves 1-1 draw with Bolton last Tuesday afternoon at Whitley Park.
And while he’s not expected to play, because of a shortage of match practice, he has trained with the first team squad yesterday and today, and he could even be a surprise starter.
If he doesn’t start he will be ion the bench and depending on the state of the game, could get a 15 minute runs out at the end.
Cheick Tiote is still out with his knee problem, and when he picked up that injury against Wigan on 22nd October, he was still in with a chance to play the following Wednesday night in the Carling Cup tie at Blackburn, but he’s never played since.
Pardew said he is just 30-70 for tomorrow, but even if he is fit, Alan has said he will start on the bench, which is a bit strange.
Danny Guthrie is out injured with a groin problem and Dan Gosling is out for three games having managed to get a red card in the second half after 65 minutes, for a two footed ridiculous tackle.
How Newcastle will fair tomorrow will depend an awful lot on what the starting eleven turns out to be.
Let’s assume Coloccini, Tiote and Williamson are all fully fit – then this is the team we would like to see starting tomorrow against the Swans:
Simpson Coloccini Williamson Santon
Obertan Cabaye Tiote Gutierrez
Ba Ameobi (Sh)
Subs: Harper Perch Taylor (R) Best Ameobi (Sa) Abeid Lovenkrands
There’s no place there for Tamas Kadar, and we have to think his career could be over on Tyneside, as he didn’t even make the bench last weekend, and now Williamson and Coloccini are both potentially fit again.
It’s likely that Alan will start Tiote on the bench, and play James Perch alongside Fab Coloccini, so the above is not necessarily the side we think Pardew will pick.
And we think Pardew could stick with Ryan Taylor at left back, but when is young Santon going to get his chance as a starting player at Newcastle?
Surely he’s been training with the lads long enough now, to know exactly what his job is as a full back in the back four.
Swansea play some good football, much like Blackpool tried to play last season, but in seven games on the road, they have collected only two points with draws at Wolves and Liverpool in successive away games.
Swansea played very well at Anfield and we have to hope they will not play that well tomorrow afternoon, otherwise they could take something out of the game.
Keys to the game are that the Newcastle defense can look solid and something like it looked like in the first eleven league games of the season, when we conceded only 8 goals and kept four clean sheets.
In 15 games played now, the Newcastle defense statistically is not looking that good, and have conceded 19 goals, and it would be just great to get a clean sheet tomorrow.
Demba Ba scored two great opportunist goals last Saturday, and he looks red hot at the moment, and if he gets any chances tomorrow, we have to hope he can put them away.
So if the Newcastle defense can be anywhere near solid tomorrow, and Ba and Shola Ameobi show the same good form up front of last Saturday, Newcastle can win this game and get back to their winning ways.
And that’s exactly what we want to see.
Let us know your team for tomorrow and what you think the keys to this game are.
Howay The Lads!!.