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Magpies Looking To Make It 3 On The Spin Against Bees

Newcastle hopefully look to kick off a busy 10 days of fixtures following the international break with a 3rd win on the spin as they take on Brentford at St James' Park this afternoon in a 3pm kick off.

Apologies for the slight lack of updates on the site over the last couple of weeks, I have been away but will get caught up with what I have missed if anyone is interested.

Being away I of course missed out on 2 very good wins for the team - the massively entertaining 4-3 comeback against rivals Norwich and the slightly less exciting but equally important hard fought 1-0 win away at Rotherham.

The Norwich game was a massive win given the position we found ourselves in and the fact that I think it is clear they are going to be one of our main challengers for promotion but going and getting points on the road at the lesser sides (no disprespect to Rotherham) is probably equally if not more important in this league.

The games against your rivals you don't want to lose but you have to be beating the other teams you are expected to beat in this league if you are wanting to be a promotion contender as there are obviously more of those kind of games over the course of the season.

I never quite know whether the international breaks are a good thing or a bad thing but with today being the first of 4 games in 10 days then a little break for some of the players prior to this period probably hasn't been a bad thing although on the back of the momentum that 2 wins on the bounce gives you I am sure some people may disagree on that especially when you consider that quite a few key players will have been away with their countries and not getting a rest anyway.

Either way international breaks are part of the season and we need to make sure there is no international hangover and do the business today in front of what will no doubt be another big home crowd.

I think today will be a tough one to be honest - Brentford are no mugs and I think they are one of those teams that will come here with little fear and look to give it a go kind of like how the likes of Huddersfield approached things when they came to face us.

I think teams like that are much harder to face than teams that come and park the bus a bit and give us too much respect - I think the way to play against us this season certainly at St James' Park is to come and give it a go and try quiet the crowd early and I think Brentford are capable of doing that.

They are currently sitting nicely just outside the playoff places so they will be looking to come and cause an upset and push themselves into that top 6.

The worst thing we can do is be complacent - I think despite our decent start to the season that has been our downfall in a couple of the games from a player and fan perspective.

I think there are too many fans that believe we should be just walking every game especially at home and turn up with that expectation that transmits itself to the players at times. The Wolves home game was a perfect example of this and we saw what happened there.

There will of course no doubt be changes as we have come to expect with Rafa and probably even more so given that players have been away on international duty.

Will be interesting to see if the likes of Mitrovic who scored a couple for Serbia so will be brimming with confidence gets a chance and whether the likes of Atsu who got the winner at Rotherham is rewarded by keeping his place or the likes of Ritchie come back in.

With only really Murphy, Gamez, Elliot and Aarons missing then the manager has more or less a full squad to choose from for this one and hopefully keep our mini winning run going.

With a trip to Barnsley on Tuesday I am sure that will be on his mind a play a part in his decision making as the games come thick and fast.

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