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Gouffran…ahead of Cabella…really?

6 years ago
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Oh Moussa, what were you thinking of, for sure alleged big hard centre forward Andy Carroll fell over like he had been shot, but two silly bookings in less than a minute? We move on.

We should not despair, West Ham away was always going to be awkward, and while the national press have been quick to point out how many players West Ham had missing, we had similar numbers also unavailable. Plus, on the day they were no better than us, despite the result.

I am not going to come out and be critical of Pardew, but Gouffran…….ahead of Cabella…really?

Speaking of Cabella, in my eyes the only way we will ever know if he is good enough, is give him more pitch time, he is a talent for sure, but leaving him out will only dent his confidence, I think every fan is willing him to do well.

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The measure of any team is always their ability to bounce back, and for sure we have another toughie on Tuesday night, but it is a winnable toughie, Burnley are a little resurgent at the moment, but I see no reason why we can’t get back to our now habitual winning ways.

Turf Moor holds special memories for me.

In the days when St James Park was nothing more than an open ended concrete cavern, Turf Moor WAS one of those grounds where a huge shedded standing terrace ensured a cracking atmosphere, this terrace aptly named ‘the Longside’ was split evenly between home and away fans and spanned the length of the pitch.

The fact only a cage like fence and few feet kept opposing fans apart, meant it was more often than not lively to say the least, of course Turf Moor is modern now but the atmosphere I am sure will be good on Tuesday night.

In 1979 Turf Moor also saw an over excited 15 year old ejected from the ground for let’s just say being a little naughty. I for one hope that a more mature 50 year old does not suffer the same fate some 35 years later on this Tuesday night.

So moving on; suspensions, injuries, what are we looking at for a team on Tuesday?

I would like to keep the same back four, providing all is well, unless of course Collocini is fit!

In midfield we have issues, but if Abeid is fit then he has to come in, as does Cabella, maybe Rivière up front to assist Perez,  just my opinion.

A win would set us up nicely for next Saturday against Chelsea, a game I feel we can win up here. Sunderland showed on Saturday what can be done by getting into their faces, we are surely stronger than our NE rivals, so hopefully buoyed by a win on Tuesday we can get at Chelsea and inflict their first defeat of the season on them.

A fired up midfield including Moussa Sissoko will ensure Chelsea have an uncomfortable afternoon up here, plus our recent record is good against my most disliked London team.

So, a first defeat in a while and on Saturday night things were not so good, winning is good fun, and losing takes the edge off your weekend, but I see no reason why we can’t have a good December, and if we do, who knows where this season will take us.

I wonder what I will be writing about next Monday, but if we somehow have another six points in the bag things will be good and for sure it is not impossible, though four points would also be good…

Have a great week everyone.

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