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Newcastle Star Touch And Go For Palace Game

8:33 am, Thursday, March 20th, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 9 Comments

It seems there’s still a doubt about whether Ben Arfa will be fit enough to face Crystal Palace on Saturday at St. James’ Park, and a win in that game could give some momentum to Newcastle’s season, which is exactly what we need.

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Ben Arfa – fighting for fitness

Ben Arfa has been out with an injury since the Tottenham debacle in February, which was maybe our worst performance of the season, and it looks like it’s touch and go whether he will make the game on Saturday afternoon against the 4th bottom side.

Ben Arfa has increased his training this week, and has been working towards being fit for the Palace game,  but we suppose we could hear more in today’s press conference for the game, and we wonder if John Carver will be taking that instead of the suspended Alan Pardew?

John Carver has handled all the media duties since the Fulham game, and this is what he has told the Shields Gazette today, about what he thinks happened at Fulham, when we surprisingly went down 1-0 with a poor performance to the bottom of the league side:

“The one thing I would say is that we did just lack that little bit of quality in the final third,” “The final pass wasn’t great. ” “But as always, this group of players work extremely hard for each other.”

“We possibly didn’t have the same energy levels we did at Hull when we won 4-1, but we had different players on the pitch.”

Italian International Davide Santon seems to be fit again, after recovering from a niggle in that dodgy knee of his, and it remains to be seen if the former Inter-Milan defender will be in one of the full back positions against Crustal Palace.

We really need a win in that game to re-ignite our season .

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9 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Rotonda heights // Mar 20, 2014 at 8:39 AM

    The sad thing is it wouldn’t even be a shock to draw or lose at home to Palace after the Sunderland and Fulham debacles.

    Our terrace song should be ” we’re on the road to nowhere ” by talking heads

  • 2 Jail for Ashley // Mar 20, 2014 at 8:40 AM

    Repost:
    Rotonda,
    What do you mean it’s finally dawning on you, it’s been so obviously apparent since that summer of 2012 that, that is he he is wanting to achieve.

  • 3 Spoof // Mar 20, 2014 at 8:54 AM

    Jail

    it was obvious to me way before the summer of 2012, as soon as he took over he was saying he wanted to do it the Arsenal way, which had me believing that he would not splash the cash, sadly I was right.

  • 4 Greebol1892 // Mar 20, 2014 at 8:57 AM

    We will do well to get a result because our counter-attack style just isn’t working at home – we should be playing 2 up front or a front 3 and taking the game to the opposition. If we decide to turn up, we could get something but with Colo at CB instead of Mbiwa then we are more likely to concede and we will struggle to score. 1 or 2-0 to Palace unfortunately. Hope I am wrong! HTL!

  • 5 Spoof // Mar 20, 2014 at 9:02 AM

    Rotonda

    quite right, it wouldn’t be a shock if we lose to Palace, but what is more concerning to me is the fact that I don’t give a flying f*** what happens anymore, that’s how disallusioned I am, it’s pretty sad when a workmate of mine who is a Mackum was more upset at us losing to Fulham than what I was, he really is desperate for us to win against Palace, but I’m not really that bothered, now that is sad, really sad, to have your enthusiasm stripped from you as we have by Ashley is shocking, he has a lot to answer too !

  • 6 Jail for Ashley // Mar 20, 2014 at 9:02 AM

    Spoof,
    Like you I was suspicious when Keegan was criticizing the transfer policy and then when Milner left I knew the place was clueless from the top, when you look at the bigger picture and the one point that got us relegated that has to be the worst business the club has ever done, never mind, Boumsong and Owen, I was temporarily duped when Cisse was signed instead of Danny Graham, but when you look back Cisse was only bought because somebody convinced Mashers that he’d be worth 20M in a year or two, as proved with Shane Long, a striker we’ve been linked with for awhile, there is no chance of a profit in him so why spend money on him, which goes to show that the majority of players from now on will only be here a few seasons before being sold on, you can’t build success this way.

  • 7 welshgeordie9 // Mar 20, 2014 at 9:04 AM

    I think pardews favourite song would be I think I’m alone now by Belinda Carlisle that should be played at st James park

  • 8 welshgeordie9 // Mar 20, 2014 at 9:07 AM

    Oh I got that wrong it was by Tiffany

    Oh she was nice years ago

  • 9 bobby mango // Mar 20, 2014 at 9:30 AM

    Lacked more than the final pass. We were awful – no game plan at all. How we miss Remy.
    Never seen Fulham be the better team for 90 mins and I’ve got a season ticket there!

    HBA’s inclusion is well needed. To save his career with us and inject something into these last few games.

    Armstrong should be getting time over Cisse and Ameobi. Their finished with us.




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