There will be a number of rested players who will play tomorrow against Southampton, who have done well since new Argentine manager Mauricio Pochettino replaced Nigel Adkins last month, and they have 5 points from their four games, and those games have been against the two Manchester clubs, Everton and Wigan, and they beat Manchester City 3-1 last time out at St. Mary’s.
Mathieu Debuchy – back again for Newcastle tomorrow
Yohan Gouffran, Mathieu Debuchy, Steven Taylor, Davide Santon and Cheick Tiote are all available and likely to start the game, and Ben Arfa cannot be too far off from returning.
Yoan Gouffran us now totally recovered from the shin injury he picked up two weeks again at White hart Lane but Newcastle will be without Tim Krul, who had a scan yesterday and will be seeing a specialist soon, to assess how bad his ankle injury is he picked up in the closing minutes of the win on Thursday night at Metalist Kharkiv.
As we had reported Tim left the stadium on crutches and that didn’t look too promising.
This is what the Newcastle manager Alan Pardew aid today in the local press:
“There’s a question mark over Tim, but I don’t think anyone else will be struggling,” “Cheick had a temperature and didn’t feel right, so we left him out.” “It’ll be a great end to a very good week if we can beat Southampton, but that’s easier said than done. “
“Southampton have definitely picked up and they play a high pressing game which we’re going to have to combat.” “It’s going to be very dear to my heart to win this game. I won’t be pulling any punches in my dressing room that’s for sure.”
“He’s had a good start and there are some players I love there who I’m looking forward to seeing.” “They got a result over us last time winning 2-0 in November, and thoroughly deserved it, so we need to perform a lot better than we did when we played at their place.”
“Whenever Southampton have gone to the big teams, they’ve done well. They could have beaten Manchester United and they beat Manchester City. They’ve done well and they’ve not had any fear in their play.” “That’s a worry for us, but we’re a better side than we were when we went down to their place. They’re going to have to step up to beat us.”
The mood on Tyneside is sky high at the moment and we’re hoping for another sell-out crowd at St. James’ Park tomorrow where wins in the league is what we need to start picking up to pull away from the relegation zone, and Southampton are one place above is – so a win tomorrow is what we are looking for.
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