Is Alan Pardew A First Game Victory?
Truly flying at the moment, surely a threat for Liverpool tomorrow...
Liverpool travel to St. James' Park tomorrow evening in one of the first Saturday matches i can remember in a long time for the Reds. Newcastle of course have been all over the news this week after the sacking of manager Chris Hughton and his replacement in Alan Pardew.
I could get into the whole situation and make several comments on my thoughts of Newcastle's decision and how Mike Ashley runs his beloved football club but i shant get into it. For their fans sake though, i do hope Pardew does well for them.
Back to the game and Liverpool are still having some injury problems, Carragher has successfully had his operation so is on the mend but will not be around for a few months. Jay Spearing is still out and Daniel Agger still unavailable although the latest is that he's doing well in training and hopes to feature before Christmas.
Captain Steven Gerrard is fighting hard but has been ruled out by Roy Hodgson for tomorrow's game however it is assumed he will be available for our next league game against Fulham.
Newcastle are without Ben Arfa, Gosling and Taylor. Suspended are Coloccini and Williamson for one match and they also have a list of doubts with thug (excuse my choice of description but he's not a sportsman in my eyes and should be banned from football to be perfectly honest) Joey Barton having a groin problem, Harper a shoulder problem then Guthrie and Nolan both with ankle problems.
Some key names out for Newcastle probably don't make much difference because anyone watching them in their last few games, win or lose will have noticed one upcoming starlet who answers to the name Andy Carroll. Despite having the same hairdresser as Glen Johnson and Sotirios Kyrgiakos, this main man has a lot more goals under his belt and is a big threat for the Liverpool defence tomorrow.
The Magpies forward is on 9goals in the league already this season only Tevez and Berabtov can better him.
The Reds can argue that they have been looking a lot better of late, it's clear to me at least that there have been improvements in our performances but vitally, as shown against Spurs, a good performance will not always lead to those well needed 3points.
Tomorrow's fixture i think will bring up some surprises, it won't be a straightforward game for Liverpool and with Pardew surely eager to quickly get off the mark, it will be interesting to see how he sets up against us.
Let's not forget that a win for Roy and his lads tomorrow could take us up to the dizzying heights of 6th, as mentioned before, if we can begin to get some sort of foothold in that area of the table, it may not be such an abysmal season after all.