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Players Looking Forward To Newcastle

The first team squad are looking forward to facing Newcastle on Monday, and are confident of taking all 3 points.

Speaking on the official site, Luke Young and Brad Friedel have talked about the clash, how it will be a hard game at St James' and how the atmosphere will be more like you expect from Newcastle given their recent run of form.

Luke said:

'When their fans are right behind their side it's very, very loud and when they are playing well, it's a real cauldron. I am looking forward to it.

'You can use that noise to inspire you. You recognise it's a massive game and it gets you up for it.

'Regardless of whether the crowd are behind you or against you, the atmosphere makes you appreciate the importance of the game.

'It's a massive game for us. Then again, every game is important and the manager makes us aware of that every time we play.

'We're away from home on Monday and then Thursday in Prague. It's a tough schedule but we're looking forward to it.'

Friedel took the opportunity to talk about signs of improvement from Newcastle, but he still believes we are catching them at a low ebb and with our confidence should have more than enough to see them off.

'They had a good win against West Brom and a draw at Everton will also have lifted them.

'It will be a difficult game, no doubt. They have some really good players.

'As a club, they have gone through a bad time. They are probably just starting to claw their way out of it. But I hope we'll still be catching them at a down time.

'We are very confident at the moment because we have performed very well on the road.

'But we go into every game with belief. Saying that, having belief and confidence doesn't mean you are going to win a football match. You have to prove yourself in every game.'

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Mike Field
Date:Saturday November 1 2008
Time: 4:24PM


Me and Mutt Man are hoping MON will pick us for this one, we both think we could bag a couple of goals,,,, if we keep the ball on the deck.
01/11/2008 17:58:00
you will absolutely murder them......really....and by quite a few goals......
02/11/2008 09:20:00
It won't be a cauldron of noise if we score first I don't think...
02/11/2008 13:20:00
Games like this that we can't afford to lose if we want to challenge and move away from midtable inconsistency, especially seeing Arsenal slipped up.
02/11/2008 15:28:00
We should definitely be expecting at least a point out of this one, although I refuse to believe that it will be as easy a game as many seem to think. Before setting off for the north-east I'm willing to admit that I'll be happy with a point from this tricky little encounter, but then again, three points will make the long drive back to Brum even more enjoyable.
03/11/2008 11:02:00
Will be a tough one for sure. If we get a point it will be good enough for me but if we get the three points and move ahead of Man U as well as Arsenal that will be a massive boost for morale even if its this early in the competition. With the teams Arsenal have lost to this season this could be the best chance in years for someone to break into the top 4 and we're in a pretty good position to be the ones to do that. Long may Arsenals form continue. If we can keep up this good run and maybe get a point at Arsenal in 2 weeks time I might actually start believing this could be our year. UTV.
03/11/2008 11:19:00
Shows exactly what we should really read when the players come out and proclaim that they are 'confident of taking all 3 points'.
10/11/2008 20:28:00
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