John Carver and the Newcastle players were booed by Newcastle fans after the game at Leicester City last Saturday, when we were again eliminated at the first hurdle of the FA Cup.
John Carver – in charge again today as caretaker manager
John Carver made seven changes to the side that could only draw with Burnley at home a week last Thursday, and he has insisted all the players except Ayoze Perez were left out because of injury, and Perez was rested.
We beat Chelsea 2-1 in a dramatic game at Sr. James’ Park in early December, the third time in a row we had beaten them in the fixture, and now Chelsea will be all ready for us today.
On physioroom.com we still have 14 players out through injury, although those who missed the game last week are all magically expected to be fit today.
Daryl Janmaat (groin), Fab Coloccini (gluteal injury), Jack Colback (hamstring) and Moussa Sissoko (hamstring) all had injuries but we expect them to start today.
There were over 4200 loyal fans who made the trip to Leicester City last Saturday, and the display and the result were pitiful – to say the least – and the same inept performance cannot happen again today.
If it does Chelsea will take us to the cleaners.
The good news is it’s a Premier Legate game, which is the (only) priority for Newcastle, so we will likely see our strongest team put out.
We’ll have a difficult job to get much out of this game today, but we should put in a fully committed performance and hopefully our defense can stop shipping too many goals.
We’ve leaked 18 goals in the last seven games, although Tim Krul is back in goal today, and that should help.
Young Jak Alnwick has probably played his last game for the first team, and will likely leave the club in the summer, when 24 year-old Karl Darlow will join the first team squad, after being on loan at Nottingham Forest all season.
Karl looks a very accomplished goalkeeper from his displays at Forest this season.
We are not expecting much this afternoon, but we are still open to a surprise on the upside.
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