Battle of the basement as Newcastle head to Wigan.

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Personally I hate the term ‘six-pointer’. I think it is an awful cliche, but unfortunately it is one that rings true as Newcastle head to Lancashire for a Super Sunday six pointer encounter.

Quite simply, Newcastle need a result. Time is ticking on and The Magpies are being sucked into a relegation battle. Three points at a ground where we traditionally struggle would be a welcome respite on the back of two straight defeats, although in fairness those defeats came against some very tough opposition.

The plus point for Newcastle is that Wigan will be without Chalres N’Zogbia after he got sent in their last match, but that news has been overshadowed by the fact that our very own Andy Carroll will miss the match after picking up a thigh strain. The Gateshead-born striker has been in London to have scans and to try and discove the extent of the injury, and preliminary reports suggest that Carroll could be missing for anywhere between a week or a month. Either way, it is a massive blow.

At least we should have Jose Enrique available after recovering from the slight hamstring strain that kept him out of the defeat against Tottenham, although as yet nothing is confirmed, either officially or via Jose’s Twitter account!

Kevin Nolan will also be back in black and white action after sitting out the last through suspension, and there is a welcome return to first-team squad action for Dan Gosling who will travel with the squad, although I fear that will be nothing more than a motivational move to get Gosling back in to the swing of travelling and such.

Shola Ameobi is also back in contention after recovering from injury, and that will probably mean that he will start the game and be replaced by Nile Ranger at some point. Steve Harper looks to be getting the nod to start between the sticks at the expense of Tim Krul, which is a little bit harsh, but understandable given our need for experience at the moment.

So after taking all of that into consideration I would expect us to be linig up with a team consisting of:

Newcastle: Steve Harper, Danny Simpson, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini, Jose Enrique, Wayne Routledge, Cheik Tiote, Joey Barton, Jonas Gutierrez, Kevin Nolan, Shola Ameobi.

I will of course be at the match, although I’m still not 100% sure with how I am getting there. Still, get there I will. Hopefully the team can match my, and several thousand others, effort and bring us home three points.

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A lifelong Newcastle fan and current webmaster of this very 'blog who has the sole aim of creating a place by Newcastle United fans, for Newcastle United fans.

113 thoughts on “Battle of the basement as Newcastle head to Wigan.

  1. Ha – he will say that – Batty, Toonsy, Jay Jay, Hitman and every other single person who ever posted on .org including himself are Startdust lol.

    Ribbit ribbit – anyone got a box of frogs?


  2. What you gonna do Batts wen this one takes off – will there be a Judas One and Judas Two blog? Or just Judas and PINOCCHIO lol


  3. jay jay
    Posted January 1, 2011 at 11:36 PM
    I think batty will start writing for workys blog.<<<< yeah sure can you imagine that 🙂 and the dirty scummy b@stards went ahead through a torrets goal 🙂


  4. Raffo – thanks for the mention on .org last night – it was appreciated – I wont bore you with what happened – or explain how you were misled by W – but just thanks anyway – time will show you that I am not what he says


  5. Think he will be a lonely man batts – not a genuine bone in his body – most should see it. He uses people – I am so chuffed for toonsy


  6. yeah iam chuffed for toonsy as he deserves it ,he dus all the work ,then worky tryed too show him up on the blog


  7. No probs fella – I know I have had a few tete a tetes with you and stu but I think thatakes for a much better blog, not agreeing all the time.


  8. I’m always around batty, not sure for how long though, I’m shattered and got a long day on the lash tomorrow


  9. Wouldnt like to be a hated man in Bogs batty – kind of infers I might be a Cottager (bloke who bots in bogs) or something!


  10. Stardust
    Posted January 2, 2011 at 12:02 AM
    Wouldnt like to be a hated man in Bogs batty – kind of infers I might be a Cottager (bloke who bots in bogs) or something!<<<<< is that you stardy


  11. A reply thing to peoples posts? Easy. Just installed a plugin. It should stop all this batty @ 21, batty @ 35, batty @ 36 stuff from happening 😆


  12. But won’t it also mean you have to trawl through all comments to see if somethings been left as a reply to a particular comment? Also I tend to use the mobile version so I am not sure how that would show up on mine, prob just a sequentially numbered post, but hey ho good stuff so far. Can we swear on here?!


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