Newcastle return to action at Stoke City on Wednesday night after 18 days preparing for this game and we´ll just have to wait and see which team turns up for the game and whether there will be any additional fight and spirit than the team showed last time out at Stamford Bridge.
We were hammered 5-1 in that game and the performance was simply a disgrace to the good name of Newcastle United.
And the powers that be at Newcastle also missed a great opportunity to fire Steve McClaren after that particularly terrible result and his woeful performance all season as the head coach of the club – and we are now afraid Charnley and company will hang onto him as he takes us down to the Championship.
Chancel Mbemba – likely to return at Stoke City
There are still 12 games to go but if we are to survive we have to start winning games like the next two – away at Stoke and at home to Bournemouth.
The good news is we have a number of our players back from injury for Wednesday night and it looks like Chancel Mbemba, Jack Colback, Vurnon Anita, Paul Dummett, Siem de Jong and Aleksandar Mitrovic are all fit for the game.
However for Fabricio Coloccini, Cheick Tiote, Papiss Cisse, Kevin Mbabu, Gabriel Obertan and Massadio Haidara it will come too early, although the first three could be fit for the Bournemouth game.
Here´s a decent side Steve McClaren could start at the Britannia Stadium and get the win we all want to see.
Janmaat Taylor Mbemba Dummett
Sissoko Colback Shelvey (c) Townsend
Subs: Darlow Lascelles Saivet de Jong Aarons Doumbia Perez
That´s a strong side and a strong bench with players like Vurnon Anita not even making the bench, so there´s growing competition for places in the team, which has to be good.
There;s some talk about McClaren dropping Wijnaldum and if he does that we could see a surprise start for Siem de Jong in the number 10 role.
What would your team be for the Stoke game?