We see the upbeat reports in the papers about Newcastle’s form against Manchester United and that was good to see, but fairly soon we must convert those good performances to wins otherwise we’ll be down in the relegation zone for some time yet.
It would be great if we can put a string of wins together and move up the table so at least fans know we will be a Premier league club next season.
That’s not clear at the moment.
Slaven Bilic – West Ham manager – Newcastle a massive club
West Ham are the opponents at home on Sunday and like Arsene Wenger before him West Ham manager has praised Newcastle as a massive club.
West Ham will be very tough to beat tomorrow and they are having their best season for a long long time under their new impressive manager Slaven Bilic.
West Ham are coming off a good 3-1 win at Bournemouth after being 1-0 down until the 67th minutes when they then scored three goals to win the game.
They move up to 5th place on 35 points and above Tuesday night’s opponents Manchester United and have more than double Newcastle’s measly 17 points.
Slavic hasn’t had any problems taking West Ham into the top five in the league table in his first season in charge.
Those are some reasons why it’s going to be very tough for us tomorrow against a very good in-form side.
This is what Slaven Bilic said about the Magpies:
“Newcastle had a slow start but now they are doing okay.” “They are a massive club, they are improving, they have a very good roster of players.”
“Going forward they have many options, they are very dangerous.” “They had a good comeback against Man United so they are on a high.”
“It should be a good game, at a great stadium so we are really looking forward to it.”
Former Newcastle striker Andy Carroll is injured with a hamstring injury this time and he will be out for a few weeks and will miss the game tomorrow.
However, our nemesis in the game earlier this season when we lost 2-0 – Frenchman Dimitri Payet – is back from injury and starting to play well again and he will be one of the danger men tomorrow.
And West Ham have a couple of good players coming back from injury too, as Bilic gave an injury update on Moses and Kouyate:
“Victor Moses is back with us, he is available,” “Cheikhou Kouyate missed the Bournemouth game, he probably could have played, he was about 85 per cent then, but we had the option of resting him.”
“He is a very physical player, one of the best in the Premier League at what he does, so we didn’t risk him.”
Tomorrow is a water-shed game for us at home and somehow we have to pick up all 3 points.
A win will also help us in our transfer dealings this month.
And the majority of fans for once expect us to win this game – so the lads have to go all out for 3 points tomorrow – and in every single game remaining this season for that matter.