We are hoping it will be a complete sell-out today against Fulham, but we think there will be 50,000 at least in attendance for the home game today at St. James’ Park.
Newcastle crowd – really important today
And the fans at the game today will be so important for Newcastle – to create that atmosphere than can inspire our players to victory.
But the fans have to keep right behind the lads, whatever happens, and as Steven Taylor said yesterday – the fans have to keep behind the side even if we go a goal down.
One worry today is that it will be almost the same side that starts this afternoon that started in Lisbon on Thursday night.
We still have five top players out injured, and none will be returning to the squad today, according to the Newcastle manager yesterday at his new conference.
We are assuming that both Danny Simpson and James Perch will be available, after both came off injured on Thursday night, with Perch being the one likely to miss out between the two.
But it’s in the second half when things could get tough, if some of our players start feeling heavy in the legs, and that’s when the crowd can make a huge difference.
It’s going to be tough on our lads playing so close to the Lisbon game – but that’s they way it is – and we qualified for the Europa League and we have done well in it – and we have to accept things as they are.
We cannot use the Europa League as an excuse – and we are just hoping our lads can deliver the goods today.
If the fans can roar on Newcastle to a victory this afternoon – it will be a great win – and then the lads will give it a real go on Thursday night at home to Benfica – and who knows we could even get through the tie.
We have to win 2-0 as one of the results that will see us into the final four of the competition – but the last thing we want is extra time (well – if we lose) – with the Sunderland game the following Sunday – and extra time will only happen is we beat Benfica 3-1 – somehow we have to stop them from scoring.
Howay The Lads!!
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