Next up we have another home game, this time against Swansea where the Magpies will be looking to arrest the slide that has constituted in 6 consecutive defeats and to regain a bit of breathing space as teams below us start to pick up results. Performances of late have been disjointed and poor, from what I seen of the Spurs game over in Trent House both sides seemed to play at the pace of a pre-season game with only Spurs quality in the final third showing the major difference; the goalkeeping left a lot to be desired too.
This could be the game where we manage to steer ourselves clear of the chasing pack, one win would probably do it and at this stage of the season you tend to prefer to play teams sitting in mid table whose season is petering out and Swansea also have a few key players missing with the sale of Bony and injury to one time Toon target Bafetimbi Gomis; who has shown his quality and the goals he’s scored have plugged the gap left by Bony’s departure.
In terms of selection the squad still looks threadbare despite the return of Siem de Jong who will most likely start this game from the bench, to put it bluntly all of our wingers are rubbish and I genuinely struggle to pick two that I’d like to see out there; Obertan probably looks our best option at the moment and if you’d have told me that in 2012 I’d have looked at you in disbelief. Jonas is back after a reported fall out with Carver, we need somebody in the centre of the park who’s willing to commit himself and run at players and the Argentine is the only one I look to with the potential to do that; the current midfield is static and can barely string two passes together which is a toxic combination.
Following on from the successful boycott of the Spurs game (to have 22,000 empty seats even after Ashley’s desperate attempts to reduce ticket prices and hand them out to students is really impressive – well done to all involved) plans have been announced to protest outside Sports Direct stores in the area prior to the game, I personally won’t be involved in this but good luck to those that will be. In terms of the game itself, the best thing we could do would be to create a hostile atmosphere making it clear that we don’t want Mike Ashley or John Carver at our club next season. Even a negative atmosphere is more likely to benefit the players than the flat silence that accompanies Newcastle performances these days, see Cardiff at home last year for proof of this.