Newcastle fans were not happy after the summer transfer window closed on September 2nd, and we had brought in only Loic Remy on loan, and the mood on Tyneside was glum at best, but after three wins in a row and two in the league, and with Newcastle level on points with the two Manchester clubs and Chelsea, Geordie spirits are again high.
And they could be even higher today if Newcastle can put in another good performance and get an expected win over Hull City at St. James’ Park, in front of what is expected to be a crowd of over 50,000 to roar on the lads.
The game last week at Villa Park was tough, and we would have been happy enough with a point, but today we are expected to win this game, and that’s why it could become a bit of a banana skin.
But good sides play every game as it comes, and try to win every game, and it seems we have players who have that winning mentality and go for the win.
Last week it would have been so easy for Newcastle to have crumbled after Villas had come back in the second half and got their equalizer after 67 minutes – but no – Newcastle went straight at them and Yoan Gouffran got the winner just six minutes later.
Newcastle have Steven Taylor and Shola Ameobi out injured, and Jonas Gutierrez is still not fit, so it’s almost odds on that Alan Pardew will field an unchanged side this afternoon.
Debuchy Coloccini (c) Yanga-Mbiwa Santon
Anita Cabaye Sissoko
Ben Arfa Cisse Remy
Subs: Elliot Dummett Williamson Tiote Gosling Marveaux Ameobi (Sa)
That’s a strong starting eleven and a strong bench.
The keys to this game are that the defense remains strong and solid, and it’s an area we have to improve on this season, if indeed we are going to have a good season. We conceded 68 goals last season, which is the most we have ever conceded in the Premier League.
And we hope our new 4-3-3 will be as effective as it was last week, and that Ben Arfa and Remy have good games again, and maybe Papiss Cisse can get in among the goals.
It would be nice to get a clean sheet, but we think this game will be a lot more difficult than most fans think, and when we’ve seen Hull City play this season, they’ve looked a very decent side, who are solid at the back.
But 85% of fans are expecting us to win today, so expectations are very high.
But this will be a good test for the lads, and if we are to do well this season, then these are the games at home that we must win.
And it seems there are still tickets available for those fans who can get to the game, and they are available at the Matchday Box Office, and it will be open from 9:00 am today until the kick-off.
As we said, this will be a decent test of our side, and we’ll know by 5:00pm just how good a team we have this season.
A win would be fantastic.
What do you think?
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