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Which Newcastle Team Will Turn Up On Saturday?

8:17 am, Wednesday, November 18th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 5 Comments

There is some hope in the Newcastle camp that we have turned a corner and we will now start to climb the league table away from the bottom four – currently we are 4th bottom and 4 points out of 13th place and West Bromwich Albion.

Newcastle have certainly taken a tumble this year and in our 31 league games we have just five wins and 23 points, but we´ll be hoping to make that six wins when we play at home to Leicester City on Saturday afternoon.

Paul Dummett Matt Ritchie at Bournemouth

Paul Dummett challenges Matt Ritchie at Bournemouth

But we have to be careful because we watched the highlights of the game at Bournemouth and we were comprehensively outplayed by 3rd bottom team Bournemouth.

The only thing the south coast team couldn´t do was  score the three or four goals they should have scored to win the game.

We were simply outplayed but Bournemouth´s inability to score goals allowed us to win the game 1-0.

On Saturday we are playing  a team who are 3rd top of the league and have scored 25 goals this season and a similar performance will see us lose our 7th game of the season.

Paul Dummett is back from picking up another cap for Wales when he played as a substitute in the second half of the 3-2 defeat to Holland last Friday at the Cardiff City Stadium.

Paul has been interviewed in the local papers today:

“We’re hoping that the Bournemouth game will prove to be a turning point,” “In the last few weeks, we’ve played really well but we hadn’t been getting the wins.”

“At Bournemouth, we showed a different side to our character, and hopefully that can carry on into the next game after the break.”

“We’ll be going out in that game to try to do a bit of both – we want to be resolute and hard to break down, but we also want to attack, be a threat and play well.”

“As long as we’re playing well in games, we have enough quality players that we should win a fair few of them.”

“When you look at the game at Bournemouth – that’s the kind of the character Rob is – he wants to play,” “At the start of the season, he probably thought he was never going to play this season at all.”

“So for him to come from that to where he is now is massive for us. To have him as a back-up keeper to Tim Krul gives us a lot of confidence.”

Rob Elliot has been resting up and having treatment during the two-week International break on his thigh and we hope he is getting fitter, but he´s still not likely to be 100% fit for Saturday but will start the game again.

If It wasn´t for Rob at Bournemouth we would have lost the game so we hope Newcastle can play a lot better on Saturday and who knows we could even get our third win in five games.

But it depends which team will turn up on Saturday.

Is it the one that gave Chelsea all they could handle before tiring late in the game, or is the one that fell asleep at the start of the second half at Manchester  City and ended up conceding six goals in just 20 minutes.

We hope Newcastle can play at or near their best on Saturday and even win the game.

Here´s hoping.

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5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 cyprus // Nov 18, 2015 at 8:26 AM

    Rob should keep his place, even if Krul was available, given the last performance. No need to call him back-up unless he don’t mind, mate.

    And, it is a clean sheet but we did hang on.

    Hope we don’t play like we did last year against this lot.

  • 2 Jail for Ashley // Nov 18, 2015 at 8:30 AM

    Surely we have to beat Leicester, playing well but surely a flash in the pan, if Leicester finish fifth will Ranerieri be wheeled out to tell the Leicester fans they got ahead of themselves and a deliberate policy of under investment implemented so that they can get back down to a more realistic level.

  • 3 sparky55 // Nov 18, 2015 at 8:36 AM

    Ryantoon from last thread

    Matip…good back-up????

    Surely he’s better than anything we’ve got right now

  • 4 The overrated Frenchman // Nov 18, 2015 at 8:54 AM

    Seems like a game we should win most of the time, but this season I’m not so sure. They look to be well organised and play with spirit and enthusiasm and that’s usually enough to see us off. A loss will set up an interesting scenario. McLaren must be on the thinnest of ice. The lucky win against Bournemouth gave him a little breathing space and maybe a defeat against Leicester won’t be terminal – but it will push him closer to the edge surely. Let’s hope for the best result….

  • 5 rasul // Nov 18, 2015 at 10:49 AM

    hope wardy hip injury last over the weekend

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