Newcastle will head to West Brom on Sunday hoping to notch up another 3 points after their hard-fought win against Norwich last Sunday.
Cheick Tiote – Mr T. – back on Sunday
Alan Pardew has said that last weekend’s clean sheet, which was Newcastle’s first in six games, and the win, which was the first in five games, has really boosted the morale in the squad.
And it was boosted even more when the Gods seemed to be with Newcastle on Wednesday night, when both Chelsea and Liverpool went down to defeats at Manchester City and QPR respectively, through poor late goals conceded to the opposition.
Those losses leave Newcastle a full 5 points above Liverpool in the league, and only two points behind Chelsea, so a win on Sunday would certainly help Newcastle push for a place in the Europa League.
And it’s likely that Cheick Tiote will start on Sunday, probably in place of Danny Guthrie, as it seems he’s recovered from the thigh injury he picked up at The Emirates in our last away game.
This is what Alan Pardew had to say:
“Tiote ran again in training,” “He has a good chance for Sunday for what will be a tough game.”
“The win was important for us, but the clean sheet was perhaps more important,” “We’re in a good state and we got a lift from it. We’re vibrant going into the game and that bodes very well for Sunday.”
“It’s a tough game, but everybody was in a good frame of mind for it in training yesterday. We’ll be out there to stump West Brom’s growth on Sunday.”
A win is what we really need, but it’s important to pick up anything we can at West Brom, who seem to be a better away team than at The Hawthorns this season.
Another win for Newcastle on Sunday would be simply terrific, and put the side on 50 points, and we still have 8 games to play, with the next game being on the following Sunday at home to ….. Liverpool.
Howay The Lads.