John Carver’s job is to get Newcastle some points on the board, so he’s trying his best to get the crowd behind him for the game at home against Tottenham on Sunday afternoon, but there are at least a couple of things that have happened since the last home game against Arsenal almost four weeks ago, that will make it much more difficult for our lads to get the much-needed three points.
Newcastle has become a shell of a club under Ashley
The first is that although we will be having Fabricio Coloccini back from his three match suspension, Moussa Sissoko got himself sent off at Anfield, and a player who usually plays well at home and can be a dominant force for Newcastle will be absent.
The second is the planned boycott from a section of Newcastle fans, and the publicity for that before the game and the effect on our players will make it that much more difficult for the lads to win.
It will take some mental strength for the players to overcome the negativity that surrounds the protests and the boycott – and after all – it’s been difficult to accuse our players of being mentally strong this year under John Carver.
So it’s hardly a surprise that Spurs are definite favorites to win this game, and that more than four of five readers think we’ll lose the game.
Our main emphasis this weekend will be on teams below us and that they keep losing, so that with five games to go next week we are still 9 points above the drop zone – and that will make us that much safer.
If it’s only 6 points that would not be good.
We can then hope that Newcastle can resuscitate what has become a shell of a club this season under the money-making policies of Mike Ashley.
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