After another rather depressing January transfer window, when we loaned out six players, sold another one, and let the manager leave to join Crystal Palace, but only for a compensation fee of around £4M, it will soon be time to move on, and put yet another disappointing transfer window behind us.
Mark Hughes – brings in-form Stoke to St. James’ Park
On the positive side, we did beat Hull 3-0 last Saturday for our biggest win of the season, so you could claim that was a good performance, but of course Hull were simply hopeless on the day.
But it was certainly a terrific result for us.
Remy Cabella and Sammy Ameobi both scored superb goals, and Yoan Gouffran’s wasn’t bad either, and he did everything right when Hull defenders refused to close him down.
And that was Yoan’s second goal in as many matches, and it would be good if Yoan can get among the goals again.
Stoke City are a completely different proposition than Hull City, and they are one place above Newcastle in 10th place and 2 points better off than the Magpies.
And Mark Hughes has them playing good football, and they are a good side away from home too.
Stoke are on a three game winning streak right now, so we know this game will not be easy, and they are always a physical side.
The other way to look at that is they are due a defeat, and certainly another win on Sunday would be a much needed tonic for Newcastle fans.
That would take us to 33 points from 24 games played, and we’d be in 10th position and would go above Stoke.
Newcastle’s defense was still dodgy last Saturday and any other side would have taken the three excellent chances Hull had to score, but somehow didn’t.
So we really have to tighten up at the back – especially Fabricio Coloccini – because when Colo plays well, Newcastle play well.
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