We couldn’t believe the team that was announced yesterday had seven changes to the team that drew 3-3 with Burnley on Thursday, and John Carver had made a big deal about how important the cups were at Newcastle and that he was going to field his strongest team.
John Carver applauding fans after the game yesterday
He didn’t and Leicester won for only the second time in the last 16 games ,and we are again – for the fourth year in five – dumped out of the FA Cup at the very first hurdle.
We have only seven games to play through March 1st, and our next game is next Saturday at Chelsea – so our players will have plenty of rest from now though the end of the season – now that we are out of both the cups.
We’ve played seven games since December 13th – 21 days ago – and the next seven are over 55 days – so yesterday was not the time to rest five of our best players in a competition we presumably take seriously – according to Carver.
The caretaker manager after the game said that only Ayoze Perez was rested and Coloccini, Janmaat, Colback and Moussa Sissoko were not fit. 🙁
What’s the betting that all five will start at Stamford Bridge next Saturday?
Here’s are fixture list through yesterday’s game.
Date Where Opposition Result December Tue 02 A Burnley 1-1 Sat 06 H Chelsea 2-1 Sat 13 A Arsenal 1-4 Wed 17 A Tottenham 0-4 League Cup Sun 21 H Sunderland 0-1 Fri 26 A Man Utd 1-3 Sun 28 H Everton 3-2 January Thu 01 H Burnley 3-3 Sat 03 A Leicester 0-1 FA Cup
And here is the upcoming fixture list:
Date KO Where Opposition January Sat 10 15:00 A Chelsea Sat 17 17:30 H Southampton Sat 31 12:45 A Hull City February Sun 08 14:05 H Stoke City Wed 11 20:00 A Crystal Palace Sat 21 17:30 A Man City Sat 28 15:00 H Aston Villa March Wed 04 19:45 H Man Utd Sat 14 15:00 A Everton We have only 18 games to play for the rest of the season and we are at home to West Ham in our final game on 24th May. Yesterday was not the time to rest players in such an important game. Comments welcome. Note: Please see if you can help the Northumbria Police to find this missing person - thanks. You can follow us on our three social media sites below: