The game will kick off in less than four hours now – one of the most important games of the season for Newcastle United – at home to Sunderland.
Fabricio Coloccini – Newcastle captain must have strong game
And we’ll see just how good some of our players are this afternoon.
The central spine for Newcastle is important with Coloccini and Mike Williamson, Cheick Tiote and Yohan Cabaye, and Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse very important players for Newcastle.
Our weakness last week was in midfield and at the back, where our two central defenders have not been as solid as they have been in times gone by.
And although it was the first time they had played together since early January, Cheick Tiote and Yohan Cabaye did not get a grip on midfield, and if we are to get all 3 points today – which is the only goal – then they have to play a lot better than last week.
We know Sunderland will be ready, because Martin O’Neill is not only a thorough manager, but he is a good one, and he will have worked out where the Newcastle weaknesses are , and in our last two games - at Tottenham and at home to Wolves – we had far too many.
So we have to hope that the occasion will be enough to snap some of our players into their best form, and a win is what we want to see.
With the great news yesterday that captain Fabricio Coloccini and outstanding young goalkeeper Tim Krul had signed new long term deals at the club, a win would be even more reason to celebrate today.
And both Liverpool and Chelsea lost yesterday, so there’s a chance to gain three points on those sides near the top of the Premier League table this afternoon.
The shoot-out starts at high noon – and we have to win this one – with Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse providing the bullets – no excuses.
Howay The Lads!!