We expect James Perch to line up alongside Fabricio Coloccini in place of the suspended Mike Williamson today at Arsenal, simply because Newcastle have no more options other than that, since we only have three experienced center-backs at the club, and Steven Taylor is out injured again with a long term injury – this time a severe hamstring injury.
James Perch - 64 appearances for Newcastle
James Perch has also revealed today that the Newcastle players tried to relax a bit yesterday and tried to put behind them the close defeat by Manchester United on Wednesday afternoon, when Newcastle probably played their best game this season, in a cracker of a match, but again managed to come away without even a point in the 4-3 loss, as Hernandez scored the winner on 90 minutes, after Newcastle had been ahead three times in the game.
James Perch has surprisingly become an important and experimenter player for the Toon, especially since Alan Pardew arrived at the club two years ago, and he has now played 64 times and one goal, which he scored after just 4 minutes at Old Trafford on Wednesday.
This is what James said today:
“We were all absolutely gutted.” “It’s tough when you lose in the last minute after taking the lead three times.” “It’s probably the worst defeat I’ve experienced, just in the manner it was and the way we played.”
“We deserved so much more out of it.”“Now we have to turn it around.” “That’s what training is for. We just have to forget about Manchester United and look forward.”
“Sometimes you think the world is conspiring against you.” “It’s all swings and roundabouts but if we keep putting in the hard work, we will get our rewards.”
We are now exactly half way through the season, and Newcastle still don’t have one away win to show for their travels, but maybe Newcastle will start to have some luck sometime soon, and maybe even this afternoon at the Emirates Stadium.
Since the Liverpool 1-1 draw on November 4th, Newcastle have played nine league games and managed to lose seven of them, with wins at home to both Wigan and QPR to show for that streak of games, and in both those wins we kept a clean sheet too – so there’s some good news.
Newcastle must break out of this terrible slump sometime, and why not today at Arsenal, and if our lads play like they did on Wednesday and tighten up at the back a little, there’s every chance we could surprise some people today, with an unlikely win.
We certainly hope so.
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