Newcastle were very unlucky at Sunderland last Sunday because of the Coloccini affair, but we still managed to lose the game and concede another three goals – but that’s behind us now thank goodness – it’s water under the Tyne Bridge.
We have a big opportunity tomorrow against Stoke because they had a gruelling League Cup game against Chelsea on Wednesday night which they won 5-4 on penalties after Loic Remy equalised in stoppage time for the London side.
Mark Lawrenson – takes Newcastle to win
So this has to be a big opportunity for Newcastle tomorrow – and we should take it – but we have a bad habit of not taking our chances this season, which is only one reason why we are struggling in second bottom place in the league table.
BBC pundit and former Newcastle defensive coach Mark Lawrenson feels the game on Wednesday night will tip the game towards Newcastle:
“While Newcastle had the week off, Stoke boss Mark Hughes picked a strong team on Tuesday for his side’s Capital One Cup tie with Chelsea – which they won on penalties – and having to play extra-time will not have helped the Potters.”
“Stoke’s home defeat by Watford last weekend was a strange slip-up and I don’t think they will be as bad as that again, but I am still backing Newcastle.”
Since we have only one win in our last 21 league games and only four wins in the last 29 league games a win these days is a big thing at Newcastle – and difficult for this Newcastle side.
That’s simply because we are not used to winning – rather we are used to losing – and we have lost 18 of our league games this year.
But a win will likely take us out of the relegation zone – and that would be great.