This is a very strange game to preview, mainly because events off the pitch are more significant and also due to the fact these very events are so unpredictable. We head into the weekend of the planned boycott and I and many other friends and associates are split as to how successful this protest will be in terms of numbers and indeed the numbers which would constitute a success. As much as I want as many fellow Magpies to join us in Leazes Park during the match this whole thing has taken on a significance which is much more personal to the extent where even if the only empty seat in the ground is mine then at least I’ll feel pleased in myself that I’d made a stand; can’t help but feel as though a lot of other participants share this sentiment.
It helps that there’s no visible figurehead of the campaign which avoids the accusations that it’s being led by a set of egotists, there’s also been a respectful tone set by those taking part in relation to supporters choosing to take their seat on Sunday; if there has been any mud thrown then I’ve not seen any from the boycotters.
In terms of the match itself I didn’t get to see our performance at Anfield on Monday due to work commitments but by the sound of things there was a bit more endeavour but that severe lack of quality let us down again, deadwood as first team regulars etc. which has all been covered here before and we all know who is to blame for leaving the team in such a mess.
John Carver is a chancer and is hopelessly out of his depth but I’m not sure any manager
would like to be in a situation where they had to coax a Premier League win out of the current set of players. Coloccini is back and as much as we’d all love to see him banished from the side for that deliberate sending off at Goodison, we need him in there if anything to get Ryan Taylor out of the team; genuinely wish the lad an injury free career from here on in but his future just can’t be here and if it is then that would just perfectly sum up this regime.
Adam Armstrong is due a start, can’t understand why he has barely had a look in since he
and Ayoze gave Man United all sorts of problems on Boxing Day, even for a team as poor and as low on confidence as us at the minute; knocking a ball down the channel for those two to chase can surely bring some joy and may well be our only hope of getting something.
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