Newcastle United away form on Boxing Day were always inside the box and already suffering seven defeats and three draws. Tomorrow we will have Wigan and their new boss, Steve “the Geordie” Bruce.
Without being negative, we are also have poor away records at JJB Stadium. Since October 15, 2005 United never have any win there in all league. Have lost with one goal margin in two Premierships games and one League Cup.
Big Sam and United players will be supported by 5,000 fans at their backs inside the JJB Stadium for yet another sold out Toon Army away allocation, according to the official site. Sam Allardyce and the lads will be hoping to end that miserable sequence when they take to the field against Steve Bruce's Latics.
Wigan will have their defender Mario Melchiot available again after serving one Premier League suspension. Emile Heskey could return following an ankle injury but Jason Koumas remains a major doubt with the groin problem.
“Two weeks ago we didn't have a hope of getting out of the bottom three and now we are in striking distance of that.” Said Steve Bruce, “When you take over a club and they haven't won in 13 games, you've got to try and restore the pride and a little bit of belief.”
Meanwhile, Michael Owen is reported already training with the rests of United squad and could make an appearance at JJB Stadium. But Sam Allardyce has revealed the Magpies' £17million record signing perhaps initially only as a substitute.
Big Sam is also will have Abdoulaye Faye available and Stephen “Oh No” Carr fit again from hamstring injur, while Damien Duff could make his start after showing great on his return against Derby last Sunday. Allardyce said Damien Duff is a quality and a very important player to have him back on United squad.
“It's been a long road back for him and at some point he would have been a little bit worried about how serious the injury was.” Said Allardyce, “But he has dedicated himself for a number or months now to recuperate and recover.”
And for tomorrow fixture, He knows the game at Wigan will be a tough one and will try to set the record right against them inside their own land. With Wigan fighting for their lives to get their position out from the bottom they have picked up some confidence. But this is the one we can call it a winnable game.