Bolton Wanderers have won one and lost seven of their eight home games in the league this season, but they will be eyeing their second home win of the season on Monday afternoon.
Danny Simpson – Newcastle not there for the taking
Newcastle have just two draws and four defeats in their last six games, and are not in form, and have lost center-back Steven Taylor for the season, and that seems to have become a massive blow to the side.
With Steven’s great heading ability not yet replaced, Newcastle have conceded five of their last six goals from set plays, so you can be sure that Bolton are practicing their set-plays for the visit of Newcastle.
Bolton also are on a win streak of one, having beaten the almost down-and-out Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park 2-1 on Tuesday night, and the owners Venky’s are showing they know absolutely nothing about how to run a football side.
They gave manager Steve Keen a new contract only last month, even though they were second bottom of the league, so they must think you have to reward people, when they do a poor job.
It’s a year since Blackburn sacked Sam Allardyce, and appointed the former third in command Keen for his first management job ever, and they cited they wanted to play more attacking football.
And Steve proceeded to take Blackburn down to a relegation scrap last season, and now has them 5 points from safety and rock bottom of the league, while playing attacking football.
And Blackburn supporters are being criticized because they want him replaced? The Venky’s make Newcastle owner Mike Ashley look a world-beater.
Back to the Bolton game for the Magpies - and Danny Simpson thinks Newcastle will not lie down on Monday night, and he says the lads are determined to turn things around:
“If you think Newcastle are there for the taking, think again.” “The West Brom result hurt more than any other,” “But to say we’re on the slide is definitely not the case.”
“If Bolton believe they’re playing us at a good time, let them think that. We’d rather them think that to be honest.”
“But we’ll stick together, go there full of fighting spirit and take the game to them.” “We’ve got to tighten things up a bit because we’ve conceded a lot of goals in the past few weeks,”
“Yohan is a quality player and though Haris Vuckic did well on Wednesday night, he was badly missed.”
The good news obviously is that Yohan Cabaye will be back, and we are also hoping that the 6’4″ Mike Williamson will finally return to the side, to give Newcastle some much needed heading ability in central defense, and come in for James Perch.
Colo and Williamson were the first choice center-backs last season, and they have played together a lot since Mike arrived from Portsmouth in January of last year for £1M.
So we are hoping that Mike can fit right in and quickly, because with striker Demba Ba so hot these days, the emphasis has to be on Newcastle defending well to get their first win in seven games.
A win on Monday afternoon is what we want to see.