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Blackpool v Newcastle United match preview.

Posted on April 23rd, 2011 | 58 Comments |

A day at the seaside!
A day at the seaside!
As Newcastle travel to the seaside to face Blackpool this afternoon, I suppose that the big question for Blackpool will be can they make a return to their scintillating early season form before it’s too late, and they find themselves consigned back to the Championship?

Of course, the Seasiders beat the Magpies 0-2 in the last encounter at St James’s Park, with Charlie Adam, DJ Campbell and Matt Gilks shining for the vistors in that game. As suggested above however, they have been something of a different proposition recently. In this respect they haven’t been alone, with teams like Hull City and a few other sides who have been promoted to top division, ie ‘surprise packages’ in the first part of the season, and freefallers in the second. They have been defeated in five of their last six games, with their only point coming against Blackburn with two penalties for their most renowned player of the moment, Charlie Adam.

On the Magpies’ side, they will almost certainly be buoyed by what was undoubtedly a very creditable performance in their last game, a 0-0 draw against league leaders, Manchester United, with the lads putting alot of pressure on Alex Ferguson’s superstars in the first half hour of the game, and holding out well against a much improved Manchester side in the second. Before we get too cocky though, Newcastle have only managed one vistory in their last six games, against a decidedly under par Wolves, with two draws and three defeats.

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A good omen for the Magpies is that the last three league meetings between Blackpool and Newcastle United have all resulted in away wins. Another good one is that Blackpool’s last three league games at home have all ended as 1-3 defeats, so that’s a cue for a prediction!

A less good one for us however is that Newcastle United have failed to score in our last two matches.

What the managers say…

Alan Pardew has been singing the praises of his opposite number, Ian Holloway, saying:

“He has done an outstanding job.

“People think Ian Holloway is just a two-season wonder or something like that, but I’ve come up against him for a long time and he is a capable manager.”

After much further praise for Holloway, he then started to get on to the game this afternoon, saying:

“They are having a little bit of down time, but that doesn’t mean to say that they season is down time. There is still time for them to put it right. I feel they can do it, but hopefully after they’ve played us.”

Looking at Premiership survival in what has been possibly the tightest contest since it’s inception, he also said:

“Blackpool gives us our first opportunity to get to 43 points, and we want to take it.

“This team is good enough to be in this division and good enough for a top ten finish. We have five games to prove that.”

Meanwhile, Holloway himself said of Newcastle:

“They have done well, without a shadow of a doubt, but not as well as last year.

“They beat us by 32 points and I think they are only seven above us at the moment. So, how far have we come? If we can beat them here we will only be four points behind them.

“I galvanised this group last year to believe enough to get out of a situation.

“It looked like it was going wobbly but we crashed on through and did one of the most amazing things, to get promoted.”

Team News

Newcastle United

Goalkeeper, Steve Harper is the latest Newcastle player who could be facing surgery, after the news that in form striker, Leon Best would need on operation on his ankle and would be out for the rest of the season. Harper’s knee injury kept him out of the Manchester United game, and he will certainly be out of this one as well, leaving Tim Krul with another chance between the sticks. Better news is that captain and leading goalscorer, Kevin Nolan would be returning  from his two game suspension, but unfortunately, more bad news is that Danny Guthrie would be out of the game with a shin problem, and could possibly miss the rest of the season. On these two issues, Manager,  Alan Pardew revealed:

“Danny Guthrie, unfortunately, isn’t going to make the game.”

However on Nolan’s return from the wilderness of suspension he noted:

“It’s a big boost for the team that Kevin is coming back.”

Then, noting Guthrie’s heroism for the cause in playing through the pain barrier to hold the fort until Nolan was back, Pardew said:

“But with Guthrie we knew on Tuesday that if he played, he was going to feel worse later.

“Perhaps he knew that Kev was going to play on Saturday, and you have to admire that he put himself up to play.

“He is now wearing a protective boot as it caused him so many problems.

“He might not play again this season due to the efforts he put in on Tuesday.

“So you have to admire that from the boy.”

Rounding up the Newcastle team news, the usual long term iinjury victims, Alan Smith, Hatem Ben Arfa and Dan Gosling will remian unavailable for selection.

Blackpool

Good news for the Seasiders (and not so good for us) is that the above mentioned Charlie Adam will be available to be at the core of Blackpool’s midfield. After it was thought that he may have broken his foot in their defeat to Wigan, and may have been out for the rest of the season, a scan reveled that it was only a bruise and that he would be OK after all.

Wales international midfielder, David Vaughan, will also be returning to the side after a hip injury. Finally, Australian international left back, David Carney, will definitely be out with a shoulder injury which requires surgery, and will remain so for the rest of the season.

Howay the Lads!

The match: Bloomfield Road, Blackpool, Saturday 23rd April.

Kick off: 3.00 PM.

Referee: Martin Atkinson.

Final teamsheets

Newcastle Utd: Tim Krul, Danny Simpson, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini, Jose Enrique, Joey Barton, Cheik Tiote, Kevin Nolan, Jonas Gutierrez, Shola Ameobi, Peter Lovenkrands.

Subs: Ole Soderberg, James Perch, Steven Taylor, Ryan Taylor, Stephen Ireland, Nile Ranger, Shefi Kuqi.

Blackpool: Matt Gilks, Neal Eardley, Alex Baptiste, Ian Evatt, Stephen Crainey, David Vaughan, Keith Southern, Charlie Adam, Gary Taylor-Fletcher, DJ Campbell, Matt Phillips.

Subs: Richard Kingson, Craig Cathcart, Andy Reid, Jason Puncheon, Luke Varney, Brett Ormerod, James Beattie.

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58 Responses

  1. also what are the europa cup spots 5th,6th,7th or does it go by the fair play ruling,fa cup and carling cup format

  2. Given that our next game is against a revitalised Liverpool who probably want to avoid a double loss to us, then a point at least today is almost a must.

    Congrats to Scott Parker for his player of the year award, but for him I reckon WH would already be down and out. He would probably still be playing for us had our idiotic manager (Allerdyce ?) at the time hadn’t insisted on pushing him out.

    Anybody going to the wedding next week? :)

  3. Don’t see liverpoo as revitalized like. They are trying to, but it ain’t really sticking with the ‘dour scot’ in charge.

  4. CLiNT
    They have gone from relegation possibles to European certs (although probably not CL), thats revitalised in my book. They’ll be tough to beat at home and we could still be looking for a win in our last three games, I expect to us survive but aint counting any chickens yet.

    Incidently does anyone think Holloway is a better manager than Pardew? I think he has done well to get the best out of a fairly poor team.

  5. haven’t been on for a few days,so im not up to speed.
    would have taken the draw against man usa,before the match,they were well below par,and probably should have won to be fair.newcastle battled well,so you can make a case for them getting a valuable point,i thought we would have got a right old towsing,but we’ll take a point.
    no doubt old “parvenu” will be flavour of the month after the manure point,he’s the man to take us to europe etc,pass the f**kin’ sick bag lol.
    could be a tricky game today against blackpool,just hope the lads turn up for the game,and not “kiss me quick” and a massive stick of rock.

  6. 9 Posts on match day, everybody at the beach? I’m off to a wedding with a medieval theme, the bride and groom are well into that scene. So will catch game on MOTD with the “experts” as they gloss briefly over our great win! ;)

  7. where do you guys get the teamsheets, isnt there any website where i can find it before soccernet has it

  8. Blackpool

    Matt Gilks, Neal Eardley, Alex Baptiste, Ian Evatt, Stephen Crainey, David Vaughan, Keith Southern, Charlie Adam, Gary Taylor-Fletcher, DJ Campbell, Matt Phllips.

    Subs

    Richard Kingson, Craig Cathcart, Andy Reid, Jason Puncheon, Luke Varney, Brett Ormerod, James Beattie.

    Newcastle Utd

    Tim Krul, Danny Simpson, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini, Jose Enrique, Joey Barton, Cheik Tiote, Kevin Nolan ©, Jonas Gutierrez, Shola Ameobi, Peter Lovenkrands.

    Subs

    Ole Soderberg, James Perch, Steven Taylor, Ryan Taylor, Stephen Ireland, Nile Ranger, Shefi Kuqi.

  9. ottiboy says:
    April 23, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    “where do you guys get the teamsheets, isnt there any website where i can find it before soccernet has it”

    ottiboy, the official site puts them up before the game as well as the site Andy suggested.

  10. Thump says:
    April 23, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    “Can you believe that Shola fell over? I mean he’s usually so sturdy and balanced.”

    I do like his trick where he falls over and heeds it into the goal on the way down though, Thump.

  11. Thump says:
    April 23, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    “What a beauty by Loverman.”

    Aye, it was. I only got it about two minutes later though. Didn’t know what you were on about for a while!

  12. Were getting outplayed by Blackpool. All we can seem to do is do long balls. Nice tactics pardwho, get Ireland on and start passing it around more.

  13. half time change of footwear for some players and bit of common sense lads pick it up. think one commentator said in one game when Newcastle players out of defense it works and sometimes it doesn’t, this on many occasion it didn’t work when an old fashion boot down field be the best option

  14. Thump says:
    April 23, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    “Worky, do you have sopcast? sop://broker.sopcast.com:3912/112151

    Cracking stream.”

    It wasn’t buffering very well for me, Thump.

  15. I had to try it 3 or 4 times before it worked, but once you get it working there’s not a complaint.

    It is, nufc. Smallest that the EPL will allow I think

  16. Thump says:
    April 23, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    “I had to try it 3 or 4 times before it worked, but once you get it working there’s not a complaint.”

    The one I’ve got now is ok, Thump, I’m sticking with that one now.

  17. well the lads did pick it up little bit second half kuqi did more running in his 2 minutes than shola did for the whole game ireland looks good good display by him

  18. We were very lucky today Blackpool deserved the win , could not believe he did not bring on either Ranger or Kuqi for Ameobi for at least the last half hour . Ameobi was shite today and why bring off the goal scorer who was playing far better than ameobi .

  19. Axel says:
    April 23, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    “and why bring off the goal scorer who was playing far better than ameobi .”

    Now he’s getting more starts, he usually seems to come off after an hour or so, Axel. Maybe Pardew thinks he gets a bit tired towards the end?

  20. toonrus says:
    April 23, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    “Worky whatever happened to the match banter threads ?”

    They’ll be back at some stage, toonrus. Probably next season.

  21. The players need a smack up the arse for today. long balls are pathetic and we need to stick to passing and moving it around the ground. A lot of people need to get replaced next season. Hopefully one of them is Ameobi who plays good once in a blue moon.

  22. Phisix says:
    April 23, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    “The players need a smack up the arse for today. long balls are pathetic and we need to stick to passing and moving it around the ground.”

    It isn’t necessarily the players fault if they’re being asked to employ the wrong game plan, Phisix.

  23. It has nowt to do with game plan, it was backs to the wall and they obviouly wanted the 3 points more than us. I think coming up with us, gave them less respect of us compared to what they might have had if we’d stayed a premier league team, ie. they’ve shit their pants at alot of places smaller than st. james park. Nevertheless the long ball stuff to Ameobi is the reminants of the C.H and Calderwood ‘ball to Carroll stuff’. I look forward to a full pre-season under Pardew and Carver where we might see some ground play involving the likes of Ireland and Benny. Today wasn’t a disaster though, I think we will get something from the Brum and Baggy games.

  24. DJG says:
    April 23, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    “Nevertheless the long ball stuff to Ameobi is the reminants of the C.H and Calderwood ‘ball to Carroll stuff’. I look forward to a full pre-season under Pardew and Carver where we might see some ground play involving the likes of Ireland and Benny. ”

    Pardew has always favoured a fairly physical, high work rate game with lots of long passing, DJG. Did you ever actually spend time watching any of his teams before he came to Newcastle? What makes you think he’s going to change that now?

  25. DJG it was starting to look like a disaster though , we are lucky that Fulham got an equaliser and Scumberland came from a goal down to beat Wigan otherwise we would of been pulled right back into the relegation battle . I really thought we would of got the 3 points today i dare not think about what is going to happen at Anfield in the next game . At least we are 7 points ahead of the bottom 3 with 4 games to go that should be enough .

  26. Did you ever actually spend time watching any of his teams before he came to Newcastle?

    Yes loads of times, he played the ball into Ashton from the wings ext and he didn’t always have the players to play it on the deck all the time, but I don’t think for one second he will play long, wasteful balls if he gets a selection of skillful atticking midfielder like he is trying to build up. We need a good couple of strikers in the summer. I think once Benny and Ireland are up to speed we will be able to dispense with the long wasteful balls and they will be able to play it on the deck more, Jonas tries to but he needs more midfield dribblers to play it to.

  27. The best teams neither play long hopeful (which sometimes come off) balls or get it down and pass it till the dangers gone. It’s a mixture, they have good attacking midfielders who have the skill to control it and then play in a striker, which Ireland obviously can and is why he’s so highly rated. Our goal came from a similar thing but it was a mistake from them, Barton intercepted and played in Lovenkrands; before they had everybody back. BANG Goal. Thats what you want.

  28. “Nevertheless the long ball stuff to Ameobi is the remnants of the C.H and Calderwood ‘ball to Carroll stuff’. I look forward to a full pre-season under Pardew and Carver where we might see some ground play involving the likes of Ireland and Benny”

    PMSL with that comment. Hughton at least had the ability to bring a squad together to win the CCC and Carroll’s aerial ability frightened the life out of many opposing defenders.

    Pardwho, even if you bring in 11 world beaters is not the man to take this club forward because he’s not an original thinker.

    He has no true original thought processes of his own. His whole career has been based upon using borrowed “flavour of the month” strategies, psychologies and tactics which invariably backfire after the first season in charge of whichever club has been stupid enough to employ him.

    This is an Emperor without clothes, an alleged student of the game who didnt qualify etc etc. All he had to do to get this job is impress the rotund one as Dracula hasnt got a feckin clue about anything let alone managing a top flight football club.

    In truth we are no better off now than when we had Roeder in charge and Fat Freddie cooking the books. This is just another groundhog day as far as the Toon are concerned.

    Lets just focus on getting the Fatman out of this club asap.

  29. andymac who gives a toss about winning the ccc with a prem squad, wake up were not in the ccc we are in the prem now and hooters is gone get over him, if he was that good he would be in a job now instead of talking like a manager, i guess he is better at talking the talk now that he dosnt need to talk.
    As you say focus on getting rid of the fatman instead of all the hate for pardew and the hard ons for hooters.

  30. worky or anyblogger , how do i get my picture back on my active reply area from my profile , i’ve tried but it doesn’t seem to transfer over , good point , bit frustrating tho…

  31. WTF toonrus ?

    Nowhere have I advocated the return of Hughton (apart from in jest).

    The point I was making (which you clearly couldnt work out for yourself even if you took your socks off) was that Pardwho is no better than Hughton yet DJG and others seems to think he should be given time to assemble a squad (when more money is wasted on players who wont fit the bill when another manager comes in).

    My point is, when has anyone, AND I MEAN ANYONE, seen enough in Pardwho’s previous managerial career to confidently predict that he will take this club forward ?

    Reading, West Ham, Charlton and Southampton. Three sackings out of four. MMMmmmmmm let me see yes even DJG could see a common thread there !

    FFS this aint Mourinho or SBR or even David Moyes its feckin Pardwho. Get real people otherwise we jump on board the underachievment train most recently driven by Souness, Gullitt, Roeder and Allardyce.

    How soft do your brains have to be to not recognise this ?

  32. nzedtoonman says:
    April 23, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    “worky or anyblogger , how do i get my picture back on my active reply area from my profile , i’ve tried but it doesn’t seem to transfer over , good point , bit frustrating tho…”

    nzed, do you mean that you want to upload a new picture or ‘avatar’ for your comments? If so, go to http://www.gravatar.com and you can upload a universal one there which will work on many other sites too. If not could you please clarify a little?

  33. Well aside from walking into st james’ park with an ak-47 theres not much anyone can do other than get behind pardew as the owner we have is pulling all the strings.

    Its a shite state of affairs, but thats how it is.

    Im not happy with pardew keep saying were safe like he did earlier because that will reflect on the players performances. Very limp display against a team who are in free fall

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