Newcastle were handed a little bit of a gift from the FA last night as we learned the red cards of Jonjo Shelvey and Paul Dummett has both been overturned and they could now play in the game at home to Birmingham on Saturday.
It was a tough week last week losing those three games and we hardly had any luck in any one of the games we lost.
But it’s all over now and the lads need to press on with the good news being that our injury situation is not too bad at all, so we have a bug squad available for the six league games we have to play by January 2nd.
Matt Ritchie – accepting the rotation policy
The aim has be to win all six games so we are well positioned at the top of the Championship going into the January transfer window, when hopefully we can sign a few very good players.
Matt Ritchie scored a great goal for us on Friday night and he has been one of our best player this season and it seems that Matt has even bought into Rafa’s rotation policy.
This is what he has said today in the Chronicle:
“Football nowadays, there’s loads of stats and they work out the load on your legs and recovery, so rotation does come into play.”
“The squad we have got it is probably silly not to rotate because we have strength-in-depth, so why not rotate?”
“What the manager has done so far has worked well so hopefully we will continue to perform for the rest of the season.”
“I don’t think the players ever buy into it because players want to play every game, but at the same time you probably have to bite the bullet and understand that the manager is doing the best for the team.”
“He will see the team through and he’s our leader, so we need to buy into his philosophy. If I am left out I am still disappointed because I want to play.”
Here are the six fixtures we have coming up in 23 days starting at home to Birmingham on Saturday.
December 2016 Newcastle v Birmingham City Sat 10 Dec 15:00 Wigan Athletic v Newcastle Wed 14 Dec 19:45 Burton Albion v Newcastle Sat 17 Dec 15:00 Newcastle v Sheffield Wednesday Mon 26 Dec 19:45 Newcastle v Nottingham Forest Fri 30 Dec 19:45 January 2017 Blackburn Rovers v Newcastle Mon 2 Jan 15:00