Gary Speed hopes to spoil Newcastle's promotion party

05 April 2010 12:18
Speed may have played more than 200 games for Newcastle but the Sheffield United coach is plotting to help the Yorkshire club become party poopers at St James' Park on Monday night

'Nobody will be more delighted than me if they get promoted but hopefully it won't be on Monday night,' Speed said.

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The Championship leaders could have already secured promotion before kick-off should Nottingham Forest fail to beat Cardiff in Monday's tea-time game but otherwise will need a point to regain Premier League status against a side with their own play-off ambitions.

'I don't think they will take their foot off the pedal and if they are already promoted then I think that will make it worse for us,' Speed, 40, added.

'There would be a party atmosphere there and the players might relax and totally enjoy the occasion and make it more difficult for us. We just have to concentrate on ourselves and getting a result because we still have something to play for.'

Newcastle beat Sheffield United at Bramall Lane 1-0 last November thanks to Chris Morgan's own-goal and a brilliant display by visiting goalkeeper Steve Harper so Speed will be hoping for a reversal of fortune to keep alive the club's own promotion ambitions.

'We are a bit up and down at the moment at Sheffield United so it will be a difficult game for us, especially if there is a party atmosphere at St James',' said Speed who spent six years on Tyneside.

'We have had an up and down season. We have had a lot of new players in and so many loan players this season it has been frightening. That continuity we had last season that got us into the play-offs we haven't had this season so we have found it difficult to get a consistent run of results together.'

Source: Telegraph