We could really do with a win at home against Crystal Palace on Saturday, and if we can get all 3 points that would mean we’ve made a decent enough start to the Premier League with 4 points from our first three games, the same return as in the last two seasons.
Neil Warnock – new Crystal Palace manager
And of course we navigated though a potential banana skin, when we beat Gillingham 1-0 on Tuesday night, and the lads played quite well and created chances once again, but we had to rely on an own goal to take us through.
There are a couple of potential problems with our game on Saturday, and one of them is that Palace have just appointed Neil Warnock as their new manager to replace Tony Pulis, and usually a team plays well in the first game for any new manager.
And then there’s the worry about being able to score goals, and we just have to hope players like Siem de Jong, Remy Cabella and Manu Riviera can get their shooting boots on, and an early goal is exactly what we need on Saturday.
It’s an important game for Newcastle, and we need a good result – because our next game it in two weeks time – at Southampton on 13th September – unlucky for some.
That’s after the two week International break.
And we have some injury doubts too, with Jack Colback and 18 year-old Rolando Aarons sustaining knocks, and we should know about their status at today’s press conference with Alan Pardew – and whether Cheick Tiote is fit to play in this game.
Let us know how you think we’ll do on Saturday.
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 Kieron is attempting to raise funds.
You can contribute to MNDA on Kieron’s Just Giving page. Thanks.
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