Alan Pardew has admitted after the two week rest Newcastle have got since they were thrashed at Tottenham, the important part of the season starts tomorrow.
Cheick Tiote – straight back in against Wolves tomorrow
Newcastle will entertain Wolves tomorrow and thank goodness the team have no more breaks before the end of the season and have a game each weekend to complete their final 13 games by 13th May – unlucky for some.
And these 13 games will tell us just how good this team is and if they can make Europe next season, because it could take a top five finish to qualify.
Newcastle will have everybody fit except long term injured players Steven Taylor, Sylvain Marveaux and Leon Best and if there are more injuries we suppose Alan Pardew can recall players like Haris Vuckic and James Tavernier, who are out on loan and could do a job for the side.
This is some of what Alan had to say in yesterday’s press conference for the Wolves game:
“This is the important part of the season, Wherever I have managed. This is it. This is when it really matters. Everything else is just the foundation for this period.”
“This is when you have to be good and we have nothing to blame.” “We have some iconic players coming back, we’re at home and I have more or less told the squad I am looking to play what I think is my best team.”
“And now that is the foundation for us to go forward.” “Having Cabaye and Tiote back has given us a big lift. Cheick in particular, there was definitely some frustration at not winning the African Nations for him, because he is a winner.”
“He has kicked everything and everyone, including myself, but we have managed to calm him down and I will tell you now, Cheick will start on Saturday – he is a massive player for us.”
“My focus this week has been on Tottenham and making sure we put that into context because, even with my best team, I think, on that particular day, they would have beaten us.
“My response was exactly the same at half-time: ‘You are being completely outplayed here and the only way now is to make sure you come out of it with some credibility.’ This against Wolves is a different game.”
“The crowd’s expectation is to win. I have no problem with that but when things go poorly their reaction has been good, trying to lift us, trying to support us and that has been important.”
It’s not surprising that Cheick will start tomorrow’s game and we expect Yohan Cabaye to also start the game, since Alan has said he will field his best side.
From all accounts that the Newcastle players are in good fettle and ready to show the Newcastle fans tomorrow at St. James’ Park, that they are a much better side than that which showed up last time out at White Hart Lane.
And it looks like Wolves will not have their new manager appointed before that game.
We have to think the lads can get all 3 points, if they can play somewhere near their best form, and anything else will be a disappointment and points lost.
A win is what we want to see.
Howay The Lads!!