Newcastle played well on Saturday and were simply unlucky not to get that one goal that would have given our boys all 3 points.
Alan Pardew – hoping to repay faith of 52,000 fans
With Coloccini and Cheick Tiote back in the side, it looked so much different and so much better than the side that went down 4-2 at Norwich City in the last game, when the Canaries took full advantage of Newcastle having no recognized center-backs in the side.
So it was very good to see the lads play very well on Saturday, and if they can go into the game against West Brom with that same enthusiasm and good form, there has to be every chance that we’ll get our first victory in six league games.
This is what Alan Pardew told the local press today:
“I think we are in good fettle for West Brom.” “At Norwich, we were coming off the back of a big defeat.”
“We were all feeling ‘that wasn’t so good’, but we were solid.” “We did not get the win, but you are not going to win every game at home.”
“West Brom won’t play like that – they will come out at us a little bit more. It’ll be a very different game, and hopefully we’ll get the win.”
“I was thankful to the crowd for their understanding.” “There is nothing worse than 0-0 – you couldn’t get a manager more against a 0-0 than myself.”
“That is frustrating – 52,000 paid their money and didn’t see a goal.” “It was good that there were not any at the other end.”
And Newcastle may be in luck before the game even starts, with some WBA players doubtful for the game on Wednesday evening.
There are concerns about three of West Brom’s players, who all played in the 2-1 win at Blackburn on Saturday.
James Morrison, Youssouf Mulumbu and Paul Scharner are all doubtful, with former Middlesbrough midfielder Morrison, who scored a fabulous goal against Blackburn, doubtful with a hamstring problem.
Mulumbu has a knee problem and former Wigan Athletic star Scharner, has some leg injury.
Manager Roy Hodgson had this to say on the injuries:
“Morrison has got a slight hamstring problem and had to come off,” “Mulumbu is nursing his knee and Scharner, who hasn’t played for a while, was feeling some tension in a muscle.”
“It’s a question on Monday of seeing how many walking wounded there are and who we can get up there.” “But we’ve got a decent squad of players and there are players I can bring into the team who didn’t play today.”
“They might have to stand up and be counted.”
It would be a good omen if any of these players do not make it on Wednesday evening, and we also have to remember that WBA scored three goals in the last 30 minutes of the very last game of the season in the same fixture last season.
And but for that defensive collapse, Newcastle would have finished 9th in the Premier League and above Sunderland.
That has to be an extra incentive for Newcastle to do well on Wednesday night, and if they get three goals ahead – let’s go for more!