It’s like climbing the proverbial Mount Everest or Mount Kilimanjaro. Newcastle United have to go to Aston Villa on Sunday knowing that they have to get a result – no questions asked.
So far, the only confirmed absentees are Sebastien Bassong, Andy Carroll and Joey Barton. Bassong’s absence will open up a spot for either Colloccini or David Edgar and we may see Nile Ranger selected as a replacement for Carroll. There are players who are very doubtful though such as Michael Owen, Habib Beye and Jose Enrique.
Regardless of who’s playing for Newcastle United, and I’m sure Shearer will remind them of this, they will be thought of as local heroes if they can pull off a result and escape relegation.
There are no spare tickets for the away allocation, so if you have one, do us all a favour and do the Geordie nation proud. There will be TV cameras across Europe peering in hoping for our demise – regardless of the result, shout and sing your hearts out – Toon fans across the world will be right there with you.
Howay the Toon