‘Obviously Newcastle will be something special’, that is the opposition view as we await the first home game of the season, Newcastle v Huddersfield.
Huddersfield winger Rajiv van La Parra name checks the fanbase and St James Park, plus the fact Newcastle are dropping from the Premier League, and says the visitors can’t ‘underestimate’ their hosts on Saturday.
After the misfiring we witnessed at Craven Cottage, the expectation is that Rafa Benitez will have his troops properly wound up for the game tomorrow.
It was confirmed on Thursday that over 52,000 tickets had already been sold for the match and the sold out signs are expected to go up sometime today, when the final handful have gone.
When teams visit St James Park it is guaranteed to be the biggest crowd of the season for them and whilst it may hinder some of the visiting teams, undoubtedly it will inspire just as many.
In 2009/10, Newcastle went a full Championship season without losing at home and we need this current group of players to respond in the same way. The job of promotion would be well on the way if that unbeaten home run could be repeated.
Saturday will see Huddersfield play in front of their largest league crowd in 44 years, with 53, 581 having watched them when they visited Old Trafford in 1972 – Huddersfield relegated that season from the first division in bottom place.
Talking about the sheer number of Newcastle fans responding to Rafa Benitez and the hope of a better run club is uplifting – but now the time has come to start the business of responding on the pitch.
Newcastle’s squad will be the best paid and most costly assembled in the division, none of which matters until they start showing that this faith in them isn’t misplaced.
Huddersfield started with a 2-1 against Brentford last weekend as Newcastle went down at Fulham, with two home games in the space of a few days United have a great chance to get the season properly started.
Rajiv van La Parra telling the Huddersfield Daily Examiner:
“We are looking forward to the game.
“Obviously Newcastle will be something special, they are a former Premier League team with a massive home support and a great stadium.
“We can’t afford to underestimate the challenge they pose.
“They are a big club with big players and after losing against Fulham, they will be out to prove something.
“But we have shown in the past that when we play our own game we have nothing to fear.”