Maybe Newcastle’s best chance of qualifying for Europe next season is to do well in the local Cups, since it doesn’t look like we will be able to finish high enough in the league table to qualify by that route.
Steven Taylor – we’ll have to so well in the Cups
And we should get to know at Alan Pardew’s press conference later today, which players will be available for tomorrow’s night’s Capital One Cup tie against Manchester City, with particular interest on whether Steven Taylor and Fab Coloccini will be fit for the game.
Steven Taylor has talked today about the local Cup competitions:
“Obviously we aren’t in Europe this year so we have to make sure we do well in the League Cup and the FA Cup.” “That’s what we’re trying to do. We must stand our ground in that.”
“The last few seasons we have been a bit sloppy in certain games. We have to take the cups by the scruff of the neck and do well in them.”
“Yeah absolutely we should play a strong side. I’m sure that is what the manager will do.” “We want to do well in that. We talked about it at the start of the season and we want to do well in the cups.”
“With the players we’ve got there should be no reason why we can’t do well.” “We have to play well as a team and hopefully get the stroke of luck we need too.”
Taylor hasn’t played since the first game against City in August, when he was sent off in that game, but we don’t know if he’ll be fit for tomorrow night, but if he is, he will probably come into central defense alongside Mike Williamson, and Paul Dummett could move over to left back.
Fab Coloccini could also be fit, but from some comments the manager made earlier, Pardew may play it safe and bring Colo back for Saturday, and it looks like we will need him in the side.
And we’re not sure whether Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa will get a game tomorrow night – since he’s now available after serving his one game ban, maybe he could play in one of the full back spots?
So we should get to know later today which players will be fit for the City game, and of course the team needs to do well and get the win, it’s really as simple as that.