The very last thing we want to happen tonight is for Newcastle to lose to Manchester United.
And that’s because our poor run will continue and it will be the sixth defeat in the last 9 games for Newcastle, after the lads did so well in the other 11 games.
But Newcastle usually play well against Manchester United and indeed earned a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford on November 26th when Tim Krul was simply magnificent in goal, and the defense played so very well.
Of course that;s while we still had Steven Taylor playing so great for Newcastle, but in the next game at home to Chelsea he injured his Achilles and is probably out for the season.
But Mike Williamson is a strong center-back and we have to think that Mike can get the job done for the Magpies this season, and tonight’s game will be a good test for the Newcastle defense that has leaked 17 goals in the last 8 Premier League games.
The biggest key to this game for Newcastle is whether our defense can cope with Wayne Rooney and the rest of the skillful Manchester United forwards.
Indeed dhow we do for the rest of the season in the second half of the season and 19 games, will depend on how the defense can play.
This is how the last 18 games have gone while Newcastle have been in the Premier League, and it’s courtesy of www.nufc.com, the longest running and probably the best Newcastle United web-site created by fans, and it has a wealth of great information for Newcastle fans around the world.
2010/11 drew 0-0
2008/09 lost 1-2 Lovenkrands
2007/08 lost 1-5 Ab.Faye
2006/07 drew 2-2 Milner, Edgar
2005/06 lost 0-2
2004/05 lost 1-3 Shearer
2003/04 lost 1-2 Shearer
2002/03 lost 2-6 Jenas, Ameobi
2001/02 won 4-3 Robert, Lee, Dabizas, Brown og.
2000/01 drew 1-1 Glass
1999/00 won 3-0 Ferguson, Shearer 2
1998/99 lost 1-2 Solano
1997/98 lost 0-1
1996/97 won 5-0 D.Peacock, Ginola,
Ferdinand, Shearer, Albert
1995/96 lost 0-1
1994/95 drew 1-1 Kitson
1994/95 won 2-0 Albert, Kitson (LC)
1993/94 drew 1-1 Cole
Most of the Newcastle players are fit for the game tonight, and we are assuming Danny Guthrie is fit again after his groin strain, so we only have Steven Taylor and Sylvain Marveaux not available for this game.
This is the team and suvbs we think Alan will start tonight:
Simpson Coloccini (C) Williamson Santon
Obertan Cabaye Tiote Gutierrez
Subs: Elliot Taylor (R) Perch Guthrie Ameobi (Sa) Ameobi (Sh) Best
No room in that squad for Haris Vuckic, Mehdi Abeid, Dan Gosling, Alan Smith or Peter Lovenkrands.
Some changes to the team could be Sammy Ameobi or even Peter Lovenkrands starting on the right wing for Obertan.
And Alan may still prefer Ryan Taylor to Davide Santon at left back, although we do think the time is getting closer when Davide will become a regular starter at left back for the club.
Santon looks a good player, who’s excellent on the ball and he seems to have now acclimatized himself to English football and he also well with Jonas Gutierrez.
And Ryan Taylor could be a worthwhile right winger for Newcastle, and play in the David Beckham style out there, and he certainly can cross the ball and is great with free kicks of course.
Ryan has been very good for Newcastle at left-back this season, and it’s a credit to him that he’s played so well while playing out of position, but there again Ryan has always been a first class professional on Tyneside.
The keys to the game are that our defense can look water-tight again, and not give silly goals away like we have done too many times recently.
And all three goals at Liverpool were poor ones form a Newcastle United perspective, as were the goals against West Brom too.
Demba Ba will be a big player for Newcastle tonight, and we hope he can rifle in a few goals, because if he can do that and the lads can become solid again in defense, there’s a chance we can win this game, and that would be great.
Make that fantastic.
Howay The Lads!!