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Injuries And Tired Legs Could Cost Newcastle Tomorrow

11:00 am, Saturday, April 6th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 16 Comments

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.

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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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16 responses so far ↓

  • 1 reccerobbo // Apr 6, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    Tired legs not an excuse they get over £30000 to £50000 a week not a good enough excuse!!

  • 2 NEWEXPATMAGPIE // Apr 6, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    It speaks volumes to me that the majority have voted for win in the Poll.

    Fulham are our bogey team, and we could very well lose to them? I voted for a draw but we could just edge it if we can stop Berbatov and control Duff in midfield!

    Another fact that sticks out is the Negativity of the piece above, we have to try and be more confident in ourselves.
    After all we played well thursday, and if it had not been for two stupid mistakes, we would of come home with a 1-1 scoreline!

  • 3 Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand // Apr 6, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    NewExPat…I am really hoping for a win against Fulham. Fans confidence is getting lower and lower as the days go on since the Man City game, but trying to be rational we’ve played Man City and Benefica both away – no one would have expected good results from either game (although I know we all are furious with the lack of effort against City). Given our position in the league it’s made it hard to keep perspective imo, 3 points against Fulham will allow everyone to relax just a little, cos at the minute it’s all a bit ott imo, surely we all knew a week ago how this week was likely to go?

    On the Benefica game, I actually though we played fairly well, close to our best at times and whilst we had to try and sustain serious pressure at times, if it wasn’t for two silly individual errors we’d have had a 1-1 scoreline which would be bloody amazing by anyones standards.

  • 4 Agent Belfast 007 // Apr 6, 2013 at 11:33 AM

    Ibiza still talking out of his ass I see.

    No change there then….. :)

  • 5 MosesNUFC // Apr 6, 2013 at 11:34 AM

    Quit the negativity ed. its the last thing we need. stay positive and we can avoid relegation and progress in europe. If don’t beat fulham and sunderland then that’ll be the time to worry.

  • 6 Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand // Apr 6, 2013 at 11:34 AM

    Belfast…You know you wouldn’t want me any other way ;)

    So where you been? Did the doctors up your meds or something?

  • 7 santonthenewmaldini // Apr 6, 2013 at 11:34 AM

    Thing is we are a completely different team at home we seem to be able to get results here I think it will be a tense 2 – 1 victory but we have to score 1st I think

    So it looks Simmo is going to be playing right back again?Thought he was decent on Thursday wish Pardew would play Marveux in the middle so what if he does not track back as much Sissoko does not exactly track back all game either

  • 8 Marty-Toon // Apr 6, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    New expat
    You’re right that we don’t need to be looking at sunlan as we’ve got our own mess this year and we need to get the finger out in the league and when we go ahead in games we need to be more lethal and finish them off which we’ve done very little of this year.
    It’s like we go into protect our lead while we’ve been killin the other team.
    Lets go at Fulham and shock them before we get tired

  • 9 Bambams // Apr 6, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    I would love to see young Campbell get fifteen minutes against the Fulham back four, I dont think they would fancy chasing him towards the end of the game and I have no doubt he will create a few gaps for other’s.

    Now that is what I would like to see but doubt it will happen.

  • 10 Marty-Toon // Apr 6, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    Belfast and meds doesn’t sound like a good mixture ;-)
    Being a donegal man I wouldn’t like to see that mixture on match day :-)
    Back to the game,Ap will need to keep Obertan away from the pitch so hopefully we’ve got enough fit bodies to play and hopefully Jonas can produce his best deliveries along with Marveau and Gouffran

  • 11 Agent Belfast 007 // Apr 6, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    Been having a break, having a kit-kat Ibiza…

  • 12 Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand // Apr 6, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    Belfast….Did it take you that long to open up the packet? Bless ya.

    Bambams…I’d like to see Campbell get some minutes before the seasons over, hard to predict now if the Fulham game is the right one, but he certainly has the pace to cause some problems for defenders.

    Marty…If Obertan plays it can only be that Pardew has bigger plans for the EL on Thursday. He can’t rest too many though, PL survival has to be priority – no matter how far we’ve gone in the EL.

  • 13 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Apr 6, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    Well Ibiza if we are being honest and fair here and talking about what is right then surely Benfica could have scored at least 3 more goals.

    …we were never going to win that game unless we are being overly subjective and lady luck was on our side!

    What have you been taking my friend ;-) lol

  • 14 The next Mike Williamson // Apr 6, 2013 at 1:01 PM

    Benfica will score one which means we need to score three. Is this possible while having one of your main attacking threats as Jonas? He’s only created one this season and that’s a typical year for him and he hasn’t scored as usual. We could do with a fast left sider who can cross, create and score goals. Shane Fergusson would fit the bill. He’s set up 6 this season from a handful of games and scored two including interational games.

    Then we have a defensive midfielder playing the number ten and Shola coming off the bench when things aren’t going well. Campbell’s nearly 19 now and by the time he starts getting games it’ll be too late. Why are we wasting our best talent since gazza on giving Shola minutes. He’s had ten years and 370 games to prove himself. He’s just big

    I’m still betting on 3-1 vs Fulham. Hopefully Pard’s will tell them to go all out attack as practice for Benfica.

  • 15 south coast toon // Apr 6, 2013 at 1:24 PM

    its a win for us today, we were very unlucky against a fantastic benfica side who havent been beet all season,if it had,nt been for the post and a few mistakes gifting them goals we could have drawn easily and maybe have beaten them 3-i if the posts had been more freindly, luck was not on our side
    cisse will be confident hatrick forr him and we win 5-0 sisoko and cabs to score, any bets lol

  • 16 toon kk // Apr 6, 2013 at 3:43 PM

    Just hope we can put the pressure on them and keep it up, if not we seem to crack under pressure and panic and end up making silly mistakes. Sad to say I think it will go down to the wire due to all our injuries. We badly need a striker and someone like joey barton to supply them. The main problem at the start of the season apart from not strengthening was we weren’t match fit.




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