It’s probably fair to say that Newcastle want to win the game tomorrow night at Hull City more than Hull do.
Hull played their strongest side in the Premier League on Saturday and Newcastle did not play our strongest side against Blackburn in front of a sell-out 52,000 crowd at St. James’ Park and we paid the price for that with our first defeat in 11 games.
Blackburn were third bottom of the Championship before the game on Saturday and by coincidence Hull are now 3rd bottom of the Premier League after getting a 1-1 draw at home to West Brom on Saturday.
Mike Phelan – Hull City manager
But while Mike Phelan will make changes that will likely weaken his side for tomorrow night, Rafa Benitez will likely play the side that beat Leeds United in the previous game – our strongest side at the moment.
Mike Phelan’s priority is to stay in the Premier League because of the massive money the clubs get and to have a long run in the League Cup would be nice, but not the most important thing for the club this season.
For Newcastle Benitez wants to win a trophy at Newcastle as soon as possible and the League Cup is our best bet this season.
Phelan talked about the game after the 1-1 draw on Saturday, as reported in the Chronicle and said he wanted to win the game:
“I think because we’ve got to this stage it would be wrong of me to treat this lightly. We’ve got an opportunity.”
“If I wanted this group of players to have a free week I’d have probably picked a team to go out in the first round.” “That’s not the case, we have a chance.”
“Newcastle will be extremely strong, I’m sure they fancy it just as much as we do.” We’ve got training on Sunday,” “I’ll take a look at the players.”
“We’ve got two or three players who do need minutes before a busy Christmas period where everyone will need to be at it.”
Hull fans are staying away as a protest against the owners so the KCOM Stadium will be nowhere near full tomorrow night. There were just over 18,000 on Saturday in a stadium that takes just over 25,000.
And the fact Newcastle let their fans down on Saturday will be a huge incentive for the lads to win this game tomorrow night.
But we have to say we are more worried about the league game on Friday night at Nottingham Forest and what side Rafa will turn out for that game.
It will be very important that we get back to our winning ways after the huge let-down on Saturday.
Two wins this week would be good.
What do you think?