Dwight Gayle is a doubt for the game at Liverpool this weekend after he has again suffered some hamstring problems – but are hoping it’s not too bad.
We will know more at Rafa’s press conference tomorrow afternoon.
But Rafa will not want to risk Gayle with a three-week break coming up for us after we play Southampton a week on Saturday.
The game against Tottenham at Wembley will need to be rearranged from March 16th with Tottenham through to the 6th round of the FA Cup after beating Rochdale 6-1 last night in their replay.
Dwight Gayle – team is improving week in, week out
This is what Dwight has said about how things are going – as reported in the Shields Gazette today:
“After being 2-0 up with not long left to go, we could have kept them out, but it’s one of those things.”
“We need to forget about it and move on and try to look forward to the next game now.”
“We had a lot of chances to break forward and we should have put it to bed.”
“That’s what’s going to happen in the Premier League with the quality you come up against.”
“If you don’t take your chances, then they are going to make you pay for it.”
“We knew they were going to come out in the second half and put us under pressure but at the same time it was our game plan to hit them on the counter-attack,”
“It’s happened this season to other people and I’m sure it will happen again, but the boys are together and we’re going to look forward to the next game.”
“Over the last 10 games (14 points) we have only lost two and we are improving week in, week out.”
“We are just trying to improve as players and keep picking up the points we need to stay up.”
We lost 2 points on Saturday, but Rafa is turning the heat up on his players to improve quickly – that’s a tough assignment for the manager, but Newcastle are well organized and could still get some good results over the final 10 games.
In the previous 10 games, we picked up 14 points ( 3 wins, five draws) and if we can repeat that in the final 10 games we will be safe on 43 points.
It’s a tough game at Anfield on Saturday, and we’ll have to hope the lads play somewhere near their best form, with both Shelvey and Gayle doubts for the game.