It’s Newcastle first home game of the season tomorrow afternoon against a decent West Ham side, and we have to hope we do a lot better than we did last Monday night in our first game of the season, when we were taken apart by Manchester City 4-0, and the score-line could have been a lot worse but for some good goalkeeping from Tim Krul.
At the end of last season, after we just survived relegation, finishing 5th bottom, but still above Sunderland, it was obvious that Newcastle had to get off to a good start this term, so we could put last season down to too many injuries, and those 14 European games that did little else but to tire our players before 14 Premier league games.
Anyway those were some of the reasons (excuses) as to why we had done so poorly in the league after finishing in 5th place the season before.
But if that’s going to be proved true we should do a lot better this season, but it was a terrible start to the season at the Etihad.
One thing that was worrying was our defense again looked all at seas, and Mathieu Debuchy had a very poor game and couldn’t seem to handle the pace and skill of Manchester’s wide men.
But it was only one game and Mathieu is a much better player than he showed in Manchester and we are hoping top see the Frenchman put in a solid performance tomorrow afternoon.
And Steven Taylor is of course suspended for the next three games after receiving a straight red card on Monday night, for a stupid foul he committed out of sheer frustration, and Loic Remy, Jonas Gutierrez and Davide Santon are all unfit.
Cheick Tiote is a doubt with a slight groin strain, but we’ll assume he fit to play tomorrow.
So this is what we think the side will be tomorrow:
Debuchy Coloccini (c) Yanga-Mbiwa Dummett
Ban Arfa Tiote Cabaye Sissoko Gouffran
Subs: Elliot Williamson Anita Marveaux Gosling Ameobi (s) Ameobi (Sh)
There is a chance that Mike Williamson could be drafted in alongside Colo, and Yanga-Mbiwa stays at left back, and when Mike came in over the seocnd half of last season, the 6’4″ defender did put in some solid performances for the side.
And it seems that Andy Carroll has only a slight chance to make the West Ham squad for tomorrow’s game, and will have a late fitness test on the foot injury he picked up in the last game of last season.
In his press conference for this game Alan Pardew asked the Newcastle fans to support the team big time tomorrow, and the lads needed the support and Newcastle need the win.
The Newcastle manager also said that he expected a lot of transfer business to be done in the coming week, and he hoped Newcastle were part of that and and bring in some players.
Let us know how you think the game will go tomorrow.
We need the win tomorrow – no doubt about that, otherwise there will be even more gloom and doom on Tyneside.
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