James Perch had another decent game for Newcastle at the Hawthorns last Saturday, where we picked up a decent point, but Newcastle really needed the win to start to make up for the Sunderland disaster.
James Perch – in action last Saturday
But James seems upbeat, and for the remaining four games of the season, Newcastle have a week to prepare for each game, so maybe we should expect some top-level displays from the side?
This is what Perch told the Evening Chronicle:
“In the changing room afterwards at West Brom we said we would look back in four games time and say this was a good and important point,” “It takes us into Liverpool with a lot of confidence. We have a week to prepare ourselves too for Liverpool. “
“It is hard for the staff to prepare for a Sunday game after you have played on Thursday. The lads who have played have a rest on Friday and we come out on Saturday and walk through a bit of shape.”
“They do not get much time to work with the lads. It is hard. We noticed the difference. The lads have had a rest. They feel fresher and I think you could see that in the performance. I think Liverpool is always a good game to play in.”
“We played well last year and won 2-0, which was a fantastic game. I think that is the loudest I have heard St James’ with Jose coming back. I am looking forward to it – it should be a good game – and hopefully we can get the three points.”
“We were a bit disappointed, but it would be tough to go somewhere like this and be on top for 90 minutes.” “We knew they would come at us, and fair play to them they did.”
“They put us under a lot of pressure. Papiss’ effort would have changed the game. Had it been 2-0 at half-time, I think we would have gone on to win it.”
“We were better in the first half and they had the better of the second half, so the draw was probably a fair result.”
Newcastle’s chances of picking up a win against Liverpool on Saturday have gone up significantly, with the 10 match ban handed down to Luis Suarez yesterday for biting Branislav Ivanovic on Sunday.
And Luis has scored 49% of Liverpool’s league goals this season, so maybe Newcastle can manage to keep a clean sheet on Saturday?
And there is a chance Fabricio Coloccini could return to the side, if he has no adverse reaction to returning to training today.
And other good news that Papiss Cisse was passed fit to play yesterday, even though he has a crack in one of his ribs, and he’s in some pain when he plays.
We really need a win against Liverpool.
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