Newcastle won 2-0 in a friendly yesterday, against one of Steve Bruce’s former clubs Hull City, at a deserted St. James’ Park.
The lads are getting match fit and also used to playing in completely empty stadiums.
It’s a week today that we return to action against Sheffield United at St. James’ Park, and a win in that game is exactly what the doctor ordered.
But, as we know, the Blades have been an outstanding side this season under manager Chris Wilder, having only been promoted last year from the Championship.
But ti’s a chance for us to do the double over the strong Sheffield side after we beat them 2-0 in early December at Bramall Lane.
After the game yesterday, this is some of what manager Steve Bruce (shown above) said on nufcTV.
“It’s always nice to win,”
“It was a typical friendly, behind closed doors. We’ve had a decent week. The good thing’s that everybody’s come through OK.”
“We’ve picked up one or two injuries in the week, the two Longstaff brothers in particular, but they’ll hopefully be joining us on Monday or Tuesday.”
“Defending set-pieces we will have to be a bit better because that is where they (Hull) caused us a threat.”
“The squad is as healthy as what it can be and of course, with the amount of games, I can’t stress enough that we are going to need all the squad.”
That’s why we are bringing in four or five younger players to come and train with us, to make the numbers up.”
“Once the competition starts, we will need recovery and training for the other ones, so that is why we have made the decision to bring the four or five young boys into the squad.”
Here is our fixture list that will complete the season – hopefully, we will play more than one game in the FA Cup, and who knows we could surprise ourselves and get to the final.
That really would be something!
|Sun 21 June KO 2:00 pm||Sheffield United||Home - W: 3-0|
|Wed 24 June KO 6:00 pm||Aston Villa||Home - D: 1-1|
|Sun 28 Jun KO 6:30 pm||Manchester City|
FA Cup 6th round
|Home - L: 2-0|
|Wed 1 July KO 6:00 pm||Bournemouth||Away - W: 4-1|
|Sat 4 July KO 2:15 pm||West Ham||Away - D: 2-2|
|Wed 8 July KO 6:00 pm||Manchester City||Away - L: 5-0|
|Sat 11 July KO 12:30 pm||Watford||Away - L: 2-1|
|Wed 15 July KO 8:00 pm||Tottenham||Home - L: 3-1|
|Sat 18 July KO 3:00 pm||Brighton||Away - D:0-0|
|Sun 26 July KO 3:00 pm||Liverpool||Home - L:3-1|