Newcastle have a two week rest before starting their 13 game run-in to the season a week on Saturday.
Danny Simpson – we’re recharging our batteries
Newcastle have Steven Taylor and Sylvain Marveaux out for the rest of the season through injury, but all other players will be fit and ready to go for the game against Wolves.
Danny Simpson wants Newcastle just to bounce back from the heavy Tottenham defeat, and he had this to say on the Newcastle United web-site today:
“Sometimes you want to just play as soon as you can and get a win under your belt to bounce back.” “But at the same time, we’ve got a break and it’s been a long, tough season up to now.”
“We’ve done well, and this will give us the chance to refresh ourselves, recharge our batteries and get ready for Wolves. We will have some big players like Yohan Cabaye and Cheick Tiote back for then and we will look to kick on again.”
“There’s 13 games to go, so bring it on. We’ve still got a long way to go. In these final games we are going to push on and try to finish as high as we can.”
It’s probably a little bit of a blessing that the lads have a week off to recharge their batteries after what happened at Spurs, and you just cannot forget the lads are still in an incredible position in the league, after 25 games played.
Not many would have thought that Newcastle would be just one point out of 4th place at this stage of the season, and one thing we keep stressing is that sides like Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea are having their own problems and rather poor seasons for them.
Indeed, Arsenal looked hopeless last night in losing 4-0 to AC Milan in the European Champions League, their worst ever defeat in the competition, and their defense still looks weak.
We wonder what Papiss Cisse and Demba Ba can do in our game at the Emirates on March 12th, but of course we need to ensure we don’t concede 5 goals for the third time in a row in London.
First things first.
But those three sides seem to be the sides that Newcastle are up against at the moment for 4th position in the league, and not one of them are playing anywhere near their best form.
Liverpool have the ridiculous Louis Suarez episode with Patrice Evra to get over, and it has certainly been embarrassing to one of the best known clubs in the world.
And we wouldn’t be surprised if the American owners decide to sell Suarez in the summer, PSG may be interested, because he seems just too much of a liability to Liverpool.
Chelsea are having their own problems with their new and inexperienced manager, Andre Villas-Boas, and he has hardly had a good start to his career in London, and the Chelsea defense doesn’t look too strong either.
Newcastle have to play all three sides before the end of the season, with Arsenal and Chelsea away, and perhaps we could even surprise ourselves as to how well we could do in those games.
Certainly if Newcastle play at St. James’ Park as they did against Manchester United earlier this year, when we demolished the Red Devils 3-0 in front of a world-wide TV audience, you have to think we have a decent chance of beating Liverpool at home on April Fools’ Day.
Of course Newcastle could also miss their opportunity of finishing high up in the league, and that’s always a possibility too, but almost anything is possible given the high position Newcastle are in the league table at the moment.
But hey, the only thing that matters right now is that we beat Wolves at home a week on Saturday, that’s a game we are expected to win.
And 3 points will keep us in the top six – at least – and just one point short of last season’s total of 46 points.