Some good news this morning that Geordie Steven Taylor’s knee injury is only minor, and he should be able to start the game against Sunderland on Sunday afternoon.
Steven Taylor and Mathieu Debuchy – both could make Sunderland game
The game has a very early kick-off time of 12 noon on Sunday, and the medics will be assessing Steven today, but reports say the chances are good that Steven Taylor and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa will start the derby game in two days time.
The French International defender picked up a small knock in the game last night but should be OK.
And Alan Pardew doesn’t think his side need lifting at all for the game on Sunday, as he had this to say in the local press today about the derby game:
“Trust me, if you live in the North East, it’s important.” “Regardless of the league position, it’s an important game and we acknowledge that.”
I don’t think any accusation can be made that we protected ourselves for Sunderland.” “We obviously had a game plan to make sure we didn’t get hurt in that first half like they hurt us away.”
“We made it very, very difficult for them.” “We couldn’t do what we did in the second half for 90 minutes – we just wouldn’t physically be able to do that and then play Sunderland.”
“In the second half, we had a real go. We left all our big-hitters on.” “But I think the energy levels are okay, I think we will be fine for Sunday. I hope so.”
And it seems Newcastle are not in bad shape for the Sunderland game, as there’s a decent possibility we’ll have both Mathieu Debuchy and Cheick Tiote fit for the game, and Ben Arfa and Sylvain Marveaux will also be fresh – as will 20 year-old Massadio Haidara, who had a good outing last night and was replaced in the second half.
It was great to see Massadio playing again so soon, after that horrific tackle he suffered from at Wigan.
Newcastle will go all out against Sunderland on Sunday, and a win will virtually ensure we are safe in the Premier League this season – but we must get the win.
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