Aston Villa Beat Reading last night 1-0 at home, and picked up a valuable 3 points, so after 14 games they have 13 points, just one point behind Newcastle, who are in 14th place, but a defeat tonight at the Britannia Stadium could see Newcastle slide even further down the league table, and right now we are only 3 points above the drop zone and 3rd bottom Southampton, who beat us 2-0 on Sunday.
Steven Taylor - now out until February
So it’s time to turn things around for Newcastle, before we get ourselves entrenched in the relegation stakes, because history has shown that once clubs get down there and are fighting it out – the confidence drops significantly.
We really do hope that doesn’t happen for Newcastle this season, but more bad news yesterday from Newcastle boss Alan Pardew that both Steven Taylor and Yohan Cabaye are out until February – so that’s around nine weeks at least.
And of course we already have Ryan Taylor and Haris Vuckic out for the season, and Dan Gosling out for another few months, and when you have injuries like that to a small squad – it shows.
And that’s certainly been the case in our last four league games, when we have just one point from the twelve played for, and our goal difference is -6, although it wasn’t much better than that last season.
It would be a great time to get back to our winning ways at Stoke tonight, but if Sunday is anything to go by – it’s going to be hard to pick points up at the Britannia stadium – but our players must start playing these games like their lives depended on winning.
A win would be terrific, and it would ease the tensions that are starting to grow with Newcastle fans, and give the players some confidence for our next league game at home to Wigan on Monday night.
Let us know how you think the game will go tonight.
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