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An injury-time strike from Loic Remy against Villa last Sunday changed the whole mood on Tyneside as Newcastle returned to winning ways and hit the magical 40 point mark for the season.
The goal ended a drought at home going back to Stoke on Boxing Day, which lasted for over seven hours, and included blanks against Sunderland, Manchester City and Spurs.
Our clean sheet also coincided with the return of captain Fabricio Coloccini from a knee ligament injury, the first since the beginning of November. Pardew later admitted that the Argentine was “not fully fit” but given recent performances his inclusion was a calculated risk, along with the decision to start with defensive midfielder Cheick Tiote.
Don’t expect too much tinkering for Saturday’s trip to the KC Stadium, Davide Santon (knee) is still sidelined while Hatem Ben Arfa will also miss out. Sylvain Marveaux has been passed fit, although Pardew will make a late decision regarding his involvement, while Sammy Ameobi is hopeful of a place within the matchday squad.
Surprisingly Papiss Cisse got the nod ahead of Luuk de Jong but the roles could be reversed for Hull as the Dutch striker impressed during his 20 minute cameo, and it was his deflected effort which fell to the feet of Remy in those dying moments. Alan Pardew has eased the on-loan Monchengladbach player into Premier League action but now feels de Jong is “up to speed”
Pardew’s LMA Manager of the Year Steve Bruce will welcome back a number of first team players ahead of the visit of the Magpies; Tom Huddlestone, Alex Bruce and Liam Rosenior are all set to return after sitting out Monday’s FA Cup victory over Brighton. The trio picked up minor knocks in the impressive win at Cardiff City, a result which could mean the former Sunderland boss keeps faith in the same line-up.
Sone Aluko (Achilles) and James Chester (hamstring) have recovered from their recent injury problems and should feature on the bench, while Robbie Brady is ruled out with an ongoing groin issue.
A win tomorrow could keep us in the chase for European qualification ….
(ED: News just in that Coloccini misses out due to a family bereavement and has returned home to be with his family)
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