Good News – Three Players Close To Full Fitness

Alan Pardew was delighted with the play of his team at Stoke on Wednesday night when we were narrowly beaten – although Alan didn’t look too good at the end of that game – in fact he looked like death warmed up.

Alan Pardew – not looking good at end of Stoke game

Alan was delighted with his side on Wednesday night, and the lads put up a good performance but got another awful result – the fourth defeat in a row in the league.

Here’s what Alan told the local press today:

“We couldn’t have done much more to stop it at Stoke and we just fell short.” “The players were magnificent at Stoke.” “I couldn’t say that on Sunday at Southampton but I can now.”

“One or two are due back. But I don’t know if they will make the next game, it is a bit tight.” “We can take plenty of heart into the game.” “I feel sorry for the players.”

James Perch is suspended for the game – and it doesn’t look like Shola Ameobi, Gabby Obertan or Ben Arfa will be fit for that game – although all three are close to coming back – which is good news.

In fact all three should be fit for our game at Craven Cottage a week on Monday – where we will try to get the win against Fulham.

So the team almost picks itself for this Monday night:

Simpson Williamson Coloccini (c) Santon
Gutierrez Anita Tiote Ferguson
Cisse Ba

Changes to that side could see Sammy Ameobi in place of Shane Ferguson on the left wing.

What do you think the team should be on Monday?

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