Newcastle must now have a much better chance of the win against Liverpool on Saturday, since the Reds will be without Luis Suarez, who has just picked up another ban – for 10 matches this time – for biting Branislav Ivanovic.
Steven Taylor – we’re behind the manager
That’s the second long-term ban the Uruguayan has received since he’s been at Liverpool, after he received an eight match ban for racially abusing Patrice Evra – when will this lad ever learn?
Steven Taylor is back in the side these days, and we always seem better when the Whitley Bay lad is at the back, and he has talked to the local press today and obviously the plan for Saturday – in the late kick-off game (5:30 pm kick-off) – is to get all 3 points – and what a relief that would be if we can do it.
This is what Steven said:
“We want these three points so bad, and hopefully that’ll happen on Saturday.” “We’re behind the manager, and he’s behind the players. We have to deliver.”
“The confidence is there, and we need everyone behind us until the end of the season. The staff and players are together, wanting to do well.”
“Saturday’s game is a big one. The main thing is that it’s at St James’.” “I hope the atmosphere is electric. The fans have got to raise the roof, and we’ve got to get after them and test them.”
“We’ve got to get in their faces. If we put the commitment in we did against West Brom, I think we can get a result.” “The fans were great at the Hawthorns.”
“Even when it was 1-1, and we had to defend, they were with us. They were always behind us. “Fair play to them at the end.”
“The lads put a great shift in – we defended so well.”
Steven makes an excellent point there – that we must all stay together for the last four games of the season and support the lads – and that includes backing manager Alan Pardew.
We know a lot of fans are not happy with him, but now’s not the time to rock the boat – first things first – and we need Newcastle to survive in the Premier League this season
And if we can do that, we think there’s an excellent chance the squad will be significantly strengthened this summer – and we could be right back up there in the top six – which is where we belong.
But in any case let’s back the team and the coaches big time – and I’ll take some heat for saying that (what’s new?) – but it’s definitely the right thing to do for Newcastle United.
Howay The Lads!!
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