It’s been a terrible week for Newcastle fans, first of all in the transfer market we sold Yohan Cabaye to PSG for a reported £20M (that could turn out to be only €20M) and failed to replace him, and then on Tuesday night Loic Remy was sent off with Bradley Johnson, yet on appeal the FA in their wisdom rescinded Johnson’s red card but let Remy’s stand – so he is out for the next three games, including the game against Sunderland tomorrow.
And when we were beaten 2-1 at the Stadium of Light earlier in the season, that was the first time we have lost two successive games to Sunderland since 1967, when Joe Harvey was managing the club.
And it’s not like Sunderland are a good side either, and they have been fighting relegation for the last two seasons and on Wednesday got out of the bottom three for the first time since last August.
And the last time we lost three times on the trot to Sunderland was way back in 1923, when a certain Edward Harrison and Lilian Oliver were born in Byker and St Anthony’s Estate respectively – and they turned out to be my parents.
So given the week we have gone through, there is no way Newcastle can lose this game, and in fact we must win the game tomorrow.
On the injury front it looks like Yoan Gouffran and Papiss Cisse are still doubtful for this game, so we assume they will not make it, and of course captain Fabricio Coloccini is still out with that knee injury of his.
So Yohan Cabaye, Loic Remy and Yoan Gouffran are missing tomorrow afternoon, and they have scored 25 goals between them for Newcastle this season, so we wonder where the goals are coming from, and we didn’t manage to score on Tuesday night with Remy in the side., even though we created a bucketful of chances.
With Newcastle playing so well with so little luck on Tuesday night at Norwich, we wouldn’t be too surprised if Alan plays almost the same side, but Loic Remy will need to be replaced.
Alan Pardew has said he will not start Luuk de Jong so we suppose the only alternative would be to bring in Shola Ameobi – but Shola hasn’t scored any Premier League goals this season, but he can be a Sunderland slayer – and this would be a (very) good time to start scoring some PL goals.
This is what the team could be tomorrow:
Debuchy Williamson Taylor (S) Santon
Tiote (c) Sissoko Anita
Ameobi (Sa) Ameobi (Sh) Ben Arfa
Subs: Elliot Yanga-Mbiwa Dummett Gosling Marveaux Obertan de Jong
Sissoko and Anita will have to play well in midfield, and we know Tiote will give everything he has as captain of Newcastle for the first time against Sunderland.
And we’d love to see Luuk de Jong come on in the second half, and he’s really got nothing to lose – and if he scores he will be an instant hero on Tyneside.
Luuk seems such a smashing lad, and he’ll get great support form the Newcastle fans, we’re sure of that.
And 47% of Newcastle fans think we can win this game tomorrow.
The last thing we want is another defeat, that would be unbearable.
And in our last six games we have lost four (in a row) and since then won one and drawn one – and in the last five league games we have only 4 points – so we really need to get back to our winning ways tomorrow.
And after this pathetic transfer window, let’s remember that saying “support the team if not the regime” true – and those at the game – give the lads all the support you can give tomorrow.
And let’s hope they can deliver the goods.
Howay The Lads!!
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