We are hoping that we will get a full house at St. James’ Park today of over 52,000 to cheer the lads on to our first win in over twelve weeks, and end the worst run Newcastle have ever had in the Premier League of one point in the last 10 games.
John Carver – must get the win
And we picked that point up two weeks ago at home to West Brom, but we need to go one better today and win against West Ham to ensure we are in the Premier League next season.
If we don’t win today and Hull beat Manchester United at home then we will be relegated – that’s the basic formula.
The big advantage today is that the lads will be playing in front of one of the best crowds in football – and if the players can start this game with fight, determination and skill, we could have the crowd roar on the players to a famous win, and we’ll be safe.
There’s an awful lot wrong with the club at the moment, that’s obvious, but let’s put that to one side and get the win today, because relegation would be a complete and utter disaster for Newcastle United Football club.
This is what John Carver has said about this game:
“I’m looking forward to the challenge,” “I have enough players in that dressing room who realise how much this game means. Let’s be honest – it’s the biggest game at this football club for six years.”
“I’m sure that Sam Allardyce will bring his strongest team here. Everybody wants to win a Premier League football match and Sam and Kevin Nolan won’t be any different.”
“I’m expecting the players to step up to the plate and put in a big performance that’s worthy of keeping them in the Premier League.”
“We have to win this game. I said a few weeks ago that four points was the target and we got one against West Brom so yes, we have to win.”
“The lads have to play to the game and not the occasion because sometimes you can get carried away with what’s going on around the outside, but they need to stay composed.”
“We can’t fear wanting to get on the ball and play, if we get that reaction and we get on the ball then I’m confident.” “I’m expecting the atmosphere to be electric.”
“Against West Brom it was like being in a proper football stadium again – it was fantastic. I know that for the 90 minutes on Sunday it’ll be the same.”
“Six years ago it wasn’t in our hands but it is now. We can take care of our own business and that’s the important thing.”
It’s up to the players today to play this game as though their lives depended on it.
If they do that, we could even save ourselves today with a very rare win, and not have to bother with how Hull did against the Red Devils.