We were disappointed in yesterday’s result at Blackburn, but not with the display, because the lads again ran the midfield.
Nile Ranger – looked good in last 15 minutes – again
Overall Newcastle were the better side, and when things are like that, you really expect the lads to wrap up all three points.
We didn’t think Best nor Lovenkrands were very good at all yesterday, and of course Newcastle were putting cross after cross into the box, as usual.
But when you have two strikers not great in the air, it has to be expected we’d win few high balls, and Samba got most of them.
If Newcastle are going to continue with their current strategy, then we need players up front who are good in the air.
Shola Ameobi, Nile Ranger and Shefki Kuqi are all good in the air, and we have to think that young Nile Ranger needs more playing time, at least while Ameobi is still out.
We saw former Newcastle player Gary Calderwood wear a Lone Ranger type mask in Wigan’s good 1-1 draw at Liverpool yesterday, to protect his broken cheekbone, and it didn’t seem to affect his play too much.
Shola is out in Detroit right now, getting a face mask fitted, but we have to think it will be a bit bigger and more complicated than the one Gary Calderwood wore yesterday.
We hope to see a change up front for the game at Birmingham on Tuesday night, or at least that Nile Ranger can come on immediately in the second half.
And given the lack of penetration of Best and Lovenkrands yesterday, it wouldn’t hurt to give Shefki a longer run out on Tuesday night. He gets a goal and it would be huge news and great for Shefki and the Newcastle club.
The Birmingham game is the last game for about 11 days, until we face Bolton Wanderers at home, and so a win would be great on Tuesday night.
Maybe Shola can be fit for the game against Bolton, but it’s probably a bit too early for that.
Newcastle also need probably 10 points to be safe, so 3 points on Tuesday night would help with that too.
And maybe Ranger and Shefki can get the goals. 😀
We know one thing from yesterday – Newcastle can have all the possession they want – but if they don’t have somebody who can put the ball into the net – we’ll not win.
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