Martin Jol appears by his own admission, to have rested Dimitar Berbatov from the Newcastle game for tonight's UEFA tie with Getafe CF. The cynic in me says he sees the route to a big silver cup playing second tier European teams easier than those offered by any domestic competitions.
Of course he could simply be playing Napoleon again and having a crack at a bit of the rather 'in vogue' squad rotation malarkey. Who knows.
Either way, Getafe are no Famagusta Anorthosis away and the outcome of this game has to be resoundingly positive. Make no mistake folks, the rather wet draw achieved in Cyprus was masked largely by distance, the huge score we took with us and the fact that only fans able to watch Channel 5 three quarters through the working day were able to watch it.
Tonight's fixture will be witnessed before a quite possibly very belligerent home crowd wanting a win. Not to mention a display that indicates our current league position is a hiccup that that can be soon cured. I should point out that I don't believe this lot to be Eurotrash as some are suggesting. We will have a game on our hands.
Chimbonda Kaboul Dawson Stalteri
Lennon Huddlestone Malbranque
Berbatov Defoe = 11.
Subs: Alnwick Gardner Boateng Taarabt Keane