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Dean Smith gets a tune from his Norwich players
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Jamaal Lascelles and Matt Ritchie are suspended.
Mathias Normann has joined Christoph Zimmermann on the sidelines and Sam Byram is running low on fitness.
Newcastle manager Eddie Howe was keen to accentuate the positives after his side lost 2-0 to Arsenal on Saturday, but the loss left them winless, six points behind and with just six points under their belt in 13 matches.
The situation is already dire and while Newcastle are looking for historical assurances there is not much to fall back on.
Derby’s 2000-01 class are the only side to survive after failing in one of their first 13 games, and they were successful in the 14th attempt – winning 2-0 at home against Bradford.
With just two games remaining as Toon boss, Howe faces what could be a defining week for the season with must-see home games against Norwich and Burnley, and his side look set to fail in the first of these.
The rest of the December schedule is shaping up to be pretty gruesome with trips to Leicester and Liverpool and home games with Manchester City and Manchester United on the horizon, and it is imperative that Newcastle are not further adrift from here. the end of the year.
Newcastle new owners are unlikely to hold back in January, but potential new hires will want to see a real possibility of top-level survival.
Either way, it will be next to impossible to reshuffle an entire squad, which is why Howe needs to identify a cohort of players he can count on.
Allan Saint-Maximin and Callum Wilson are decent options up front, but they need better serve and the defense has looked woefully inadequate.
Newcastle have conceded 29 goals, the most in the division, and Howe will be forced to make two changes to all four full-backs as left-back Matt Ritchie and center-back Jamaal Lascelles are serving a one-game suspension.
Norwich, second down, should look into the situation and sense a big opportunity.
They won 2-1 at Brentford in the last game under Daniel Farke and had four of six points under Dean Smith to give them three points of safety.
Smith’s side are gaining confidence and were the better team in a 0-0 draw against Wolves on Saturday – winning the shootout count 14 to six.
They were strong defensively this weekend, with Grant Hanley and Ben Gibson forming a solid partnership and carving out some great chances.
The Canaries have a long chance of winning, but they don’t see themselves as hopes in the survival junk and seem a decent value in securing at least one point, and possibly more, of their trip to Tyneside.
Newcastle haven’t won any of their last 14 games in all competitions.
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FIRST PUBLISHED AT 3:10 PM, NOV 29, 2021