Newcastle have hopefully gotten their season back on track with the 2-1 win against Wolves on Sunday. Goals from Alexander Isak and Miguel Almiron proved enough to secure the full haul of points.
Newcastle have moved to fifth in the league table with matches in hand on the clubs around them. Next on the docket is a trip to Nottingham Forest where the lads will face two familiar faces in Jonjo Shelvey and Chris Wood.
Eddie Howe made the changes to spark the attack yesterday. He completely overhauled the front three with Alexander Isak, Jacob Murphy, and Allan Saint-Maximin getting starts. It turns out that some of the changes were forced.
Anthony Gordon was an unexpected absence. The winger was not in last week’s ‘Toon in training’ and it turns out he picked up an ankle injury at Manchester City. This is what Howe said about the missing attacker as published in The Chronicle:
“It was a strange one, because after the game there was no sign of an injury. But, I think, it was one of those that got worse the day of the game.
“It was from a tackle. It swelled up, we had it scanned. We were hoping that we could get away with it, and he would be all right, but unfortunately not, so he’ll probably miss the next two games.
“Not sure whether he’ll be back after the international break. We hope so, but not 100% certain.”
Callum Wilson was also not 100% fit after a tough week leading up to the match. Howe revealed the striker has again been struggling with an illness saying:
“(He) had a little bit of illness, nothing serious,”
“He did very, very well to make himself available to me today. He wasn’t 100 percent to take to the pitch but he did for the cause.”
While Howe’s lineup was affected by injuries, illness, and the suspension of Joelinton, the lads were able to get back into the win column. Now the focus shifts to Forest in another massive opportunity to secure three more points.