While tomorrow’s game may not be a must-win game, it is certainly, absolutely and most definitely a must-not-lose game.
We have lost three games on the trot and five games on the trot at home, so a sixth successive home defeat would be almost unbearable and it would certainly put manager Alan Pardew under enormous pressure, and even more pressure than he is already under.
So that’s the very last thing we want to see tomorrow, and whoever has the privilege of wearing the famous black and white shirt of Newcastle tomorrow at St. James’ Park – needs to show guts, pride and 100% all-out effort, after the Tottenham debacle – which was simply a disgrace to Newcastle United Football Club.
Villa manager Paul Lambert thinks his club are playing Newcastle at a good time, and he’s right, and we must be very strong in the first 30 minutes tomorrow, and try not to concede any goals.
This is what former Norwich manager Paul Lambert said at his press conference for the Newcastle game:
“We are going to go there on the front foot, because if we do then their crowd might become edgy,” “Any club that has a big fan base, especially at home they expect to win.”
“When things are going against you then you can hear the grumblings.” And sometimes, as a player, it can get to you. You have got to try to get their crowd against them.”
We’re not sure Newcastle fans expect to win – rather we’d love it if we can finally win another game.
This could be a water-shed game for Newcastle, and other clubs further down the league are starting to catch us, and West Ham are now only six points behind us in 10th place, so it’s about time Newcastle started to get some points on the board.
Alan Pardew in his press conference responded to those words from Lambert by saying:
“I’m surprised by that.” “I think he’s under-estimated our fans. He might regret saying that after the game.”
The Newcastle fans at home tend to be very patient, and that will need to be the case tomorrow, even if we go a goal down, but it’s the Newcastle players who should be setting the mood of the crowd, by giving them a committed and good performance.
Yes, we have lost Yohan Cabaye, but all our other players are now available, and we also have Luuk de Jong on board.
The results over the last nine games, given the teams we have put out, should have been a lot better, which is why the manager is now under pressure.
Remy, Tiote and Colo are now available and we expect them to all start tomorrow, and we think Pardew will play in a 4-4-2 formation with Loic Remy and Luuk de Jong up front.
And since both players have both movement and skill, they could make an excellent front two tomorrow, and maybe we will be able to score some goals, which we haven’t done since we hammered West Ham 3-1 back on 18th January. 🙁
Davide Santon had a stinker against Tottenham, as he did against Sunderland, and was replaced in both games by local lad Paul Dummett at half time, and Paul had a good second half against Spurs, so he will likely keep his place, and we’ll assume Ben Arfa is injured – so this is the side we think Pardew will play tomorrow afternoon:
Debuchy Coloccini (c) Williamson Dummett
Sissoko Anita Tiote Gouffran
de Jong Remy
Subs: Elliott Santon Yanga-Mbiwa Taylor Ameobi (Sh) Ameobi (Sa) Cisse
Tim Krul did not have a good game against Spurs, but he will likely keep his place, and Steven Taylor will be dropped to make way for Colo, who has been badly missed.
What would your team be for tomorrow?
47% think we can win this game tomorrow, and 32% think we’ll lose our sixth home game in a row. 🙁
The keys to the game are that our defense is strong for a change, because we have given away far too many soft goals in the last three games, when we have conceded a mammoth 10 goals.
And with Loic and Luuk up front we need to score some goals.
We really hope we can win this game tomorrow, and for those loyal fans at the game, try to stay with the lads – however difficult that may be – and you never know what might happen – we could even win this game.
That’s the hope.
Howay The Lads!!
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