The next couple of games will determine whether Newcastle get off to a good start to this season or not.
Peter Taylor – Gillingham manager
Newcastle will play at Gillingham tonight in the second round of the Capital One Cup, and the manager will take a strong squad for that game.
But we could also see starting places for players like Rob Elliot, Steven Taylor, Massadio Haidara, Mehdi Abeid, Ayoze Perez and Rolando Aarons, and we just hope the side Pardew puts out is good enough to win the game in 90 minutes.
And then on Saturday we are at home to Crustal Palace, who have lost their first two games of the season after manager Tony Pulis left the club just before the season started, and anything but a win in that game will be a disappointment to Newcastle fans.
This is what Alan Pardew has said about his squad for this season:
“I think we have much more depth to our team.” “The last two or three years in the Premier League we have lost key players like Remy and Yohan Cabaye and the players who have come in just haven’t been able to carry the flag.”
“That’s not to say they are poor players, but we just needed a little bit more quality.” “We have more depth now. Rolando Aarons and Adam Armstrong are coming through as well. We have good young players.
“It is a shame we didn’t win at Villa, but I am still smiling and fairly confident about the team.”
It’s not the last two or three years we have lost Cabaye and Remy but this year – and they haven’t been replaced yet with similar style players that have the same level of experience.
And it’s not the first time we all thought we had some strength in depth but found out quickly some of our younger players were not up to it – when put to the test.
Newcastle will have to get through the tie tonight, otherwise Alan Pardew could be under pressure early in the season, with a number of Newcastle fans still of the opinion that he’s not the right man for the job.
Having a couple of poor results tonight and on Saturday, is certainly not what we want to see, and if that happens it’s going to be a miserable two weeks over the upcoming International break.
Two wins and we’ll be flying.
Note: Kieron Hubbuck will be participating in the Great North Run this year for the MNDA, the Motor Neurone Disease Association or ALS – which is an incurable disease. Kieron’s Aunt was diagnosed with MNDA some months back, and that’s one reason Kieran is attempting to raise funds.
You can contribute to MNDA on Kieron’s Just Giving page. Thanks.
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