Back to Basics - 04/10/2002
Itís back to St. James and back to the task of picking up three points in the Premiership. Back to back winís against Steve Bruce's Birmingham and Sunderland Ė both kept with clean sheets, mean that whatever the result in Europe, weíll start this game in a confident manner.
The away win at St.Andrewís was no mean achievement. Just look at their home record and youíll see why! Now itís the turn of their near neighbours to come up to play in front of 50,000 plus spectators. The key to this game is the first goal. If they manage to nick one, then psychologically itíll give them a hell of a boost. Thereíll be an extra spring in their step and they'll run and chase everything. On the other hand, an early Newcastle goal should see us go on and win the game comfortably.
Gary Megson went public in criticising his team after their mid-week Worthington Cup performance, and although there will be changes in personnel for tomorrowís game, itíll be wise to prepare for a backlash. I think that theyíll come out of the blocks and theyíll be into everyone. Itíll be a time for focus, determination, and playing simple football. If itís scoreless after 25 to 30 mins, then Iíll be happy and confident that our class will see us through.
Whatever happens, Iíll be missing the game as Iím forty miles down the road covering Boro v Bolton. I think Boro can go second if they Bolton and Tyne Tees want me to see it. I canít complain too much though, they do pay my wages these days!
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