Charlie Nicholas has been doing his regular predictions for this weekends round of Premier League fixtures, and when talking about our game, let’s just say it’s a mixed bag.
It’s as entertaining as it is baffling.
Read his thoughts on NUFC below during his prediction for Saturday’s trip to the Hammers:
“I think Steve Bruce has done a fabulous job at Newcastle. He doesn’t have two up front to play and he loves playing with two strikers.
“Everything he has had to build, he has done so from the back, so they have to go back to front, but Newcastle’s away record is good – they will frustrate them but West Ham will just edge it.”
Fabulous? Right, there are some completely unreasonable and vitriolic opinions on Steve Bruce that are unwarranted, but then there is also ignoring facts and saying he’s doing a fabulous job. There has been many problems that haven’t been Bruce’s fault at all, but calling his performance thus far “fabulous”…….?
Then onto his claim about our away record. Played 5. Won 1. Lost 4. Scored 3. Conceded 12. That isn’t particularly good, albeit we’ve had some very tough games. However, when he says we will frustrate them, that certainly isn’t beyond the realms or possibility.
West Ham haven’t won in 5 games and the home fans aren’t particularly happy if you read the forums and social media. The reaction at the end of their last home game, a 1-1 draw with Sheffield United, wasn’t exactly a positive one, and when asked about Saturday’s game, a lot of their fans are feeling exactly the same as Nicholas, predicting another difficult and frustrating afternoon at home.
Hopefully this can play into our hands and we can come away with something. HTL!!