Writer: Site Staff
Date:Wednesday May 13 2009
Tony Cascarino, pundit for the New Football Pools says Newcastle have been given the biggest get out of jail card ever and Martins proves he deserves his place ahead of Owen.
"Newcastle's win over Middlesbrough on Monday night emphasised just how poor Hull's form has been for two thirds of the season. If Alan Shearer's team are to survive and I think they will, then the standout factor will have been Hull`s demise rather than what Newcastle have done themselves. The form of both Newcastle and Boro has been incredibly poor and in all honesty they should be already down as a result. How on earth can a side that had gained just four points from the last 30 available jump out of the bottom three following their first home win of 2009? The answer is Hull have given Newcastle their biggest 'get out of jail' card ever!
That win over Boro should give Newcastle enough confidence and momentum to stay up. They face two top seven sides in their remaining fixtures but neither are what you'd call frightening fixtures. Fulham have had a great season but with 52,000 screaming Geordies backing the home side I would expect Newcastle to win that match. For me, a win on Saturday should be enough to keep them in the Premier League and they will do enough to get the result. Whether it's a penalty decision or whatever, I just think they will get something in that match. Fulham are a nice team for Newcastle to play against despite them chasing a European spot.
Alan has been hailed as a tactical genius for substituting Michael Owen for Obafemi Martins on Monday night but I've been saying for weeks that the Nigerian should be playing. I'm not saying I am a tactical genius; it's just been pretty obvious that Martins is the better option. Not only does Martins offer far more than Owen in terms of pace, directness and strength, he also looks more of a goal threat. Alan played a big part in convincing Michael to join Newcastle and is obviously a friend of his. He may have thought that Michael still could be the one to save the club but it's obvious that he should have picked the more dangerous Martins.
The last match of the season sees Newcastle travel to face an Aston Villa side who are not in the best of form themselves. If the Magpies still need to, I could quite easily see them pick up a point at Villa Park as the run in doesn't look anywhere near as hard now after Monday night's victory. However, Alan Shearer should be thanking his lucky stars that Hull have been as poor as they've been of late otherwise they wouldn't be in the position they are to save themselves."
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Date:Wednesday May 13 2009
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