Newcastle haven’t made the tremendous start to the season we did last year, but we have also been without some of our top players for much of the season, including Tim Krul, Fabricio Coloccini, Danny Simpson and Yohan Cabaye.
Tim Krul - shown training with Holland last month
But all those players are now back again, and certainly the lads were great at Sunderland last week and were unlucky not to win, so after a good 1-0 win against Club Brugge on Thursday a win today against West Brom will see Newcastle continue to gain momentum.
Tim Krul is back again after an injury to his shoulder, and he had this to say yesterday:
“We are getting our solid unit back again.” “We had a few injuries at the start of the season and haven’t been playing with a solid back four as we did a year ago.”
“We had a real solid base last season, but even I have been injured and out for a few weeks, so it’s nice to get everyone back fit again.” “My injury couldn’t have come at a worst time.”
“I was given the Holland goalkeeper’s shirt, played the game and got injured.” “I was sad because I love playing for Newcastle.”
One reason we haven’t picked up too many league wins – only two so far – is that Papiss Cisse has been out of form, and has yet to score a Premier League goal this season, although he does have two goals scored in cup games.
Tim points out that was similar to when Papiss Cisse arrived in February, when it was Demba Ba – who has 6 league goals so far this season - lost his goal-scoring touch:
“The same happened last season. If one wasn’t scoring then the other would step in.” “The season so far, it’s not been the best. We were spoiled last year because we had an unbeaten start of 11 games.”
“Of course people will try to compare this season with the last, but over the next five games we will be playing the teams around us and they are the ones we need to take points from.”
“We have Liverpool coming up, as well as West Ham and Swansea. These are the matches we need to win, especially at home.” “I was so pleased with the game at Sunderland because the spirit was up there with last season.”
“The way we came away from there is going to set us up for the rest of the season.” “Everything about the derby was encouraging. If you go down to 10 men for 70 minutes and don’t lose, then that shows something is right.
With all our best players now fit again and back in the side, we have to hope we can get our 3rd league win of the season today at St. James’ Park, but we know it will not be easy against an in-form West Brom side.
Let us know how you think we’ll do this afternoon.
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