There are soe reports out there from some bookies, who are saying that Fulham can beat Newcastle tomorrow, mainly because we have so many injuries (again), and the lads will suffer from tired legs in the second half – after our exploits in Lisbon on Thursday night.
Mathieu Debuchy – not available tomorrow
And it’s really ironic that we have done well in Europe this season, but because of the games we’ve had on Thursday and Sunday, that has affected our Sunday form in the league, and we find ourselves just 3 points above the drop zone – with seven games to go.
It’s hard to even write about it – but it would be the ultimate irony of we did really well in Europe and get relegated this season.
That’s essentially what happened to Birmingham a couple of seasons ago, when they won the League Cup for the first time ever – by playing their top side in that competition – but that resulted in them taking the drop.
Alan Pardew talked in the Shields Gazette today, about the game on Thursday night:
“It’s so unfortunate.” “We should be smiling and overjoyed with our performance in Benfica.” “I would have taken 2-1 – it would have been a good European result – but the third goal gives us a bit of down feeling about it all.”
“Hopefully we can put that right in the return leg.” “We have to show the hunger and desire to our crowd that it means everything to us, because it does,” “Hopefully we can produce the quality.”
“Sylvain produced a couple of great runs against Benfica, and Papiss did as well.” “It’s that type of quality we are going to need. Sissoko cut out some situations, and held the ball up.”
“I thought Cisse’s performance was outstanding – not just the goal he scored, but all night he was a threat.” “And he was unlucky not to come away with a couple of goals. Then we would have been in a very different position.”
And the bad news is that Mathieu Debuchy, Massadio Haidara and Cheick Tiote are unlikely to be available tomorrow – very unlikely to be available tomorrow.
So it will be almost the same side tomorrow that played on Thursday night – so we hope that our lads are taking in oxygen to prepare their bodies for what is a critical game tomorrow, and Pardew will need to use the subs wisely.
Let us know how you think the game will go tomorrow.
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