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Not too sure if it is a positive or negative but Gareth Barry will miss Saturday’s match as he serves a one match ban imposed today by the FA.
We’ll just never know as to whether some of our injury problems this season would have not been so severe if decent replacements had been available, allowing players carrying knocks to go on the bench or be rested.
What is said through the week is unimportant once 12.45 comes around on Saturday, the only thing that counts is supporting the team for ninety minutes. It is our job.
That figure in our final home match was actually only one more than when we played the mackems (52,388), so which one of you missed that derby match?
The possession stats look decent but I’m guessing if you divided the pitch into three parts then the ball would have been in our third an awful lot more than the opposite end.
Santon showed how much he has now settled in and was my man of the match as he linked well with Jonas going forward and the two of them also looking comfortable when defending.
Newcastle United went toe to toe with the all but certain title winners and came out second best…but not by much.
The unity at St.James’ Park at the minute is perhaps best summed up when Alan Pardew talks with obvious pride about the, “Fans really believe in this team”.
One advantage Newcastle definitely have though is their team spirit, with the likes of Tevez and Balotelli in the opposition camp you wouldn’t have many neutrals arguing with that.
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