Newcastle will play a crucial league game tomorrow against Fulham at St. James’ Park, and most Newcastle fans will be expecting a win in the game.
Alan Pardew at Estádio da Luz on Wednesday
Newcastle have lost three games in a row, and two of them have been in the Premier League, so the last time we had a league win was the 2-1 over Stoke City, when Marveaux carved out the chance for Cisse in stoppage time and Cisse banged the ball home.
This game reminds us a bit of the home game against Reading in January, and we were doing OK in that game before we managed to concede a couple of late goals and the impossible happened – Reading beat us after losing all seven previous encounters against Newcastle, and we were in big trouble.
This is another big game for us, and Alan Pardew is aware of the importance of the game:
“It was a tough game on Thursday but just as tough as the others we have had and there is no reason why we can’t show our strength on the pitch on Sunday.” “It is an important game for us. And we want to set ourselves up for Thursday and to do that, we need to go and win against Fulham.”
“They are a good team. Berbatov caused us a lot of problems at their place and is a great player. We have to make sure we take care of him.” “I thought Benfica had good strikers in Lima, Cardozo and Rodrigo, real quality, especially with their little one-twos on the edge of the box, playing around you and round the corner.”
“They had a great little spell just before half-time – that was their best period and that is the kind of quality we will get from Bryan Ruiz and Berbatov.”
After the Reading defeat, it was followed by Loic Remy joining QPR, but then we got Yanga-Mbiwa, Gouffran, Haidara and Sissoko through the door, and they have made a big difference to the side.
But we have to do the job with the players w have available now, and we’re not sure about the fitness of Cheick Tiote and Massadio Haidara, and we should get to know the injury status at Alan Pardew’s press conference today.
We need our players back for what looks to be eight games to go in what has been a traumatic season, and seven of those are in the league.
That assumes we cannot pull off the miracle on Thursday night and get through to the last four of the Europa League. – but it’s not impossible.
Let’s know how you think the game will go tomorrow.
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