Newcastle will meet Chelsea later today in another one of those cup ties Alan Pardew keeps talking about – we have 14 of them through the end of the season, and we’ll also have Demba Ba to contend with up front today.
Demba Ba while at Newcastle
Ba left the Magpies on January 4th, through the release clause in his contract, and it will be interesting to see what kind of reception he gets at St. James’ Park today.
Newcastle had only our third win in 14 league games on Tuesday night at Aston Villa, but it should do a lot for the confidence of the lads, and with five new French players through the door last month and Fabricio Coloccini staying at the club at least until the end of the season – things are looking up at Newcastle.
But the manager says the fans cannot get carried away and we are still 6th bottom of the league table, and this is what the Newcastle manager said today:
“I think very much the fans need to keep their feet on the ground. I don’t think we got carried away with the victory in house. Last night was a great example of the Premier League when you’re trying to get a win over the line.”
“Chelsea were cruising and then they weren’t cruising and it was two all. There were only four teams that won. Us, Everton, and United were hanging on. It is very tough to get wins over the line.”
“We cannot think we are out of the woods in any shape or form until we get to 40 points. We are going to drive to that figure as quickly as we can.”
We did solve one problem when Ba left – and that is Papiss Cisse and Ba never worked well together up front – and new signing Yoan Gouffran looks to be an excellent player with movement and skill, and he should work well in a front three with Cisse and Ben Arfa when he returns from injury – or Sylvain Marveaux today – since he’s fit again.
In our poll on how today’s game will turn out 43% think we’ll win and 36% think we’ll draw, and we’ll be happy enough with a point.
But really a win is what we want in every remaining game – to help take us away from the relegation zone.
A win today would be fantastic.
Howay The Lads!!
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