In his short 17 months as the Newcastle manager, Graeme Souness said that two defeats in a row and Newcastle United were in a crisis, so according at least to Graham, if Newcastle manage to lose the game tonight in the Capital One Cup against Leeds United, we will be in a crisis.
Newcastle were simply awful after the first 20 minutes of the game last Saturday, and in a game where 85% of our readers thought we would win the game, we managed to lose, and not only that but we gave up three goals at home to the newly promoted side.
Alan Pardew kept saying yesterday at his press conference for the game tonight, that he was still livid about both the performance and the result on Saturday, and he would give a chance tonight to some of the fringe players.
Two local lads who will get a game tonight are Paul Dummett, who was outstanding in pre-season and Sammy Ameobi, who has also been in good form so far this season. Who else Alan will bring in we don’t know, but it could be a good chance to give center-back Mike Williamson a game, and Mike is under-rated at Newcastle, and when required, he can do a good job for Newcastle – maybe he can do that job tonight.
We have an important game next Monday night at Goodison Park, so we think Alan Pardew will give a number of fringe players a game – although not too many. Steven Taylor, Jonas Gutierrez, Yohan Cabaye and Shola Ameobi – who now has the flu – are all unavailable for this game.
Here’s a possible side Alan will start tonight in a 4-3-3 formation:
Debuchy Coloccini (c) Williamson Dummett
Anita Tiote Gosling
Ben Arfa Cisse Gouffran
Subs: Krul Santon Yanga-Mbiwa Bigirimana Marveaux Sissoko Remy
What’s your team for tonight?
Newcastle haven’t won anything since 1969, and this competition offers us our best chance to break that terrible streak of non success, even though we found out at the first Fans Focus meeting on Monday night, that the local cups were not a priority for Mike Ashley’s Newcastle.
The Premier League is the only priority – because of the massive amounts of money a Premier League club will make every year.
According to our readers, at the time of writing – only two in three – or 67% – think we will win this game, which must be decided tonight, and it will go to extra time and penalties if required. Here’s you chance top vote if you haven’t already done so.
The keys to the game are that Newcastle players give 100% with enthusiasm and pride in wearing the famous black and white striped shirt, and if Leeds United do manage to score, they cannot lower their standards as they did against Hull City on Saturday.
What they need to do is fight back even more to get ahead, and have Newcastle get through to the last 16 of this competition. Each player who turns out for Newcastle tonight needs to show the passion and commitment to Newcastle United – and big time too.
What do you think?
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