Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Newcastle preview: Shearer's big chance

With Shearer just wanting one more goal to equal 'Oor Jackie's' 200 goal record for the Barcodes, no doubt Charlton will gift the charm merchant two allow him to surpass Milburn's record. No doubt also we will see some judicious use of the elbow with no intervention by the referee. Interesting that Shearer appeared to be involved in the brawl at Anfield on Boxing Day, but no action was taken.

Our record at St.James's Park in the Premiership has not been inspiring with just one win and two draws offset by three defeats. In our first season up we held on for a 0-0 draw despite Richard Rufus being red carded. The next year Graham Stuart put us ahead eight minutes into the match, but we were unable to see from our distant vantage point who had scored and the Addickted were texting friends to get the answer. The next year we brought binoculars, but the Addicks were trounced 3-0 and we were treated to a rendition of Blaydon Races as we got off the train of Peterborough.

Since then I haven't been back for another bout of altitude sickness, but some of the Addickted are making heroic journeys today, not least Brian Cole who is flying from Southampton. Erith Addick Paul May will also be there and covering the match for this blog.

As for team selection, we could revert to 4-5-1, but with Thomas ill and Rommedahl out of favour, that would hardly work. I would bring Ambrose in who might have a point to prove on his old home turf. I would keep Holland for his work rate and put the hapless Hughes back on the bench. Spector did well as a central defender when he came on, but with Sorondo injured, this is a match where Perry's experience should help, with HH staying at left back.

And who knows, this may be a chance for Jason Euell to appear on the bench before going on his way in the transfer window?


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