There’s not much doubt if Newcastle had two in-form strikers up front at Blackburn on Saturday, Newcastle would have won the game.
Shefki Kuqi – to get start tomorrow night?
As in the second half against 10 man Arsenal last Saturday, Newcastle completely dominated the midfield, and it took only one single goal to get all 3 points, but our boys up front couldn’t take any of the chances on offer.
Blackburn looked a poor side, and had lost their previous 3 games before meeting Newcastle, and that’s how they played – very poorly.
And Alan Pardew used all of his four fit strikers at Ewood Park, and gave new signing Shefki Kuqi his debut in the last few minutes of the game.
This is what Alan said today:
“If we’re going to win games like this, Shefki Kuqi will play some sort of a part because I think when he comes on, his experience will help. I have young strikers in Leon Best and Nile Ranger, and sometimes they make bad decisions because of their youthfulness.”
“Shefki won’t do that, and he’ll be in the right place and the right time late on to win a header in either their box or ours. I was pleased with him, and I’ve been pleased with the reaction of the players to him and his reaction to them.”
“He’s fitted in like he’s been here all year, but you’d expect that with him, being the kind of man he is.”
There’s no doubt that Alan Pardew has great respect for Shefki, and in the interviews we’ve seen of the Finn, he’s come across very well.
He’s very down to earth, and knows he ‘ll only be at Newcastle through the end of the season, but seems determined to seize the chance.
We think he’ll be played by Alan quite a lot, and it wouldn’t even surprise us if he gets a start at Birmingham tomorrow night.
Because let’s face it – both Peter Lovenkrands and Leon Best did not look threatening at all on Saturday.
That may not happen but if Lovenkrands and Best continue in the same vein on Tuesday night we may see both Ranger and Kuqi with their extra height and heading ability, very early in that second half.