Good afternoon all and welcome to what is likely to be the next defeat that will leave myself, and everyone else, annoyed and angry.
Sorry to start things off on a sour note but at the end of the day I’m not feeling too grand about Newcastle at the moment.
Outsiders looking in will see us sitting in the top half and wonder what all the fuss is about, but we know it could be different. A lack of even trying to better ourselves doesn’t sit well with me and wit results nosediving there is very little in the way of positive feeling for Alan Pardew – currently banned from the dugout following his nuttiness at Hull – to cling to.
But still we have just a few games remaining in what has turned out to be an unremarkable season that threatened to promise so much yet has delivered so little in terms of enjoyment, but we’ve backed the lads all the way through so we should probably carry on doing just that before we pack everything away for summer.
There is no live TV broadcast here in the UK so once again we are relying upon streams to watch the game. Some overseas channels are showing the game so hopefully there’ll be a few knocking about. Have a look in the ‘comments’ below and you’ll usually find a few links. Team news will be featured below in full as and when it becomes available.
Stoke are going to want to give us one back after beating them 5-1 earlier on in the season. in truth it was a scoreline made up by the referee and neglects the fact that we were once again poor and were in fact losing until Stoke had a man sent off and gave us that helping hand. As for United, avoiding defeat after recent weeks would be a start. Actually, putting some effort in might ultimately be a start.
Howay the lads!
Stoke: Asmir Begovic; Geoff Cameron, Ryan Shawcross, Marc Wilson, Eric Pieters; Stephen Ireland, Steven Nzonzi, Glenn Whelan, Marko Arnautovic; Peter Odemwingie; Peter Crouch
Subs: Thomas Sorensen, Marc Muniesa, Wilson Palacios, Charlie Adam, Jonathan Walters, John Guidetti, Andy Wilkinson
Newcastle: Tim Krul; Steven Taylor, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini; Vurnon Anita, Dan Gosling, Cheik Tiote, Yoan Gouffran, Paul Dummett; Shola Ameobi, Papiss Cisse
Subs: Rob Elliot, Massadio Haidara, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Gael Bigirimana, Hatem Ben Arfa, Luuk de Jong, Adam Armstrong