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Newcastle vs Swansea match banter

Posted on December 17th, 2011 | 66 Comments |

Newcastle United v Swansea City
A chance to get back to winning ways?
Hello, good afternoon and welcome to today’s match banter thread for the Newcastle United vs Swansea City game.

Maybe this game will provide an opportunity for us to return to our winning ways.

Swansea are currently 11th but have yet to win away from home in the league this season so, on paper at least, this has all the look of a home win.

However, without at least one and possibly both of the centre-backs who have been the bedrock of our great start to the season out, things are a lot less certain. A point most notable by the fact that we’ve conceded 11 goals in the last 4 games when we only conceded 8 times in total in our first 11 games.

At the time of writing there’s no definite news as to whether Colo will play. As for another important Toon player, this is what Pardew had to say about Cheick Tiote a few days ago:

Cheick’s injury is very much a structural injury, which we now think he is over. He is close.

Close to what though? I’ve noticed some people wondering if he’s played his last game for Newcastle and that what he might be closest to is a transfer to somewhere else. Time will tell on that one, although I think few would give him much chance of being at the club after January if the rumours of potential big bids by Man Utd and Chelsea are true.

For what it’s worth, I have us down for a home win here.

Teamsheets

Newcastle: Krul, Coloccini, Santon, Simpson, Perch, Cabaye, Gutierrez, Tiote, Obertan, Ba, Best

Substitutes: Harper, Williamson, Ben Arfa, Abeid, Vuckic, Sh Ameobi, Sa Ameobi

Swansea: Vorm, Williams, Taylor, Caulker, Britton, Sinclair, Routledge, Allen, Gower, Richards, Graham

Substitutes: Tremmel, Monk, Dyer, Agustien, Dobbie, Lita, Moore

HWTL

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66 Responses

  1. NEWCASTLE UNITED (4-4-2): Krul; Simpson, Coloccini, Perch, Santon; Obertan, Cabaye, Tiote, Gutierrez; Ba, Best. Subs: Harper (gk), Williamson, Ben Arfa, Abeid, Sa. Ameobi, Sh. Ameobi, Vuckic.
    SWANSEA CITY (4-3-3): Vorm; Richards, Williams, Caulker, Taylor; Allen, Gover, Britton; Routledge, Graham, Sinclair. Subs: Dyer, Dobbie, Monk, Lita, Moore, Tremmel, Agustien.
    Referee: Lee Mason

  2. UTD111, or Kadar, bit surprised at that. Nice to see Collo and Tiote back, just hope they get up to the pace of the game quickly!

  3. Caught a smidgeon of the Gary Speed tribute before I was locked out, always a bit wary about downloading plugins I can’t vet first. Is the site comment 4 a safe one?

  4. Glad to see Best back in the team. He hasn’t scored many goals so far this season but he does a lot of good stuff and helps us keep the ball which often leads to chances for others.

  5. Collo, Santon, Tiote and Best. . . Bring Benny and the Ameobis on at 60 odd min and we should run riot here today!!!

  6. UTD111 says:

    December 17, 2011 at 3:12 pm(

    “Grumpy
    The link at 4 doesn’t require any plugins.”

    Shouldn’t need any plugins grunpy / UTD111. Don’t download anything from those sites even if it tells you that you need to.

  7. If you do need any browser plugins or players, like “Sopcast” or “Veetle” always download them from the proper sites just to be on the safe side too.

  8. Phisix says:
    December 17, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    “70 mins and still no sub…come on best for benny”

    Divven’t worry Phisix, Shola’s on now. The game is ours.

  9. starting to get worried now, a draw would be bad considering we have had this game by the scruff of the neck.

  10. maze202 says:

    December 17, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    “Swansea have conceded an average of 2.25 goals away from home per game this season.”

    They also have the most clean sheets in the Premiership along with Manchester United maze. Vorm’s a very good Dutch goalkeeper, like Krul and they can be well organised in general at the back.

  11. Shola instead of Benny again? Shola crap and lazy as usual. Pardew needs to get some training he cost us the 3 points.

  12. Phisix says:
    December 17, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    “Nice one Pardew you inept gimp.”

    That’s a little harsh on our Silver Supremo Phisix! :-)

    Swansea were very tight and well organised at the back.

  13. How so? Thats two games in a row he failed to bring any substitutes on until 80 mins. He always kept Raylor on after he got smashed by the big three we played. He is being found out for his inept tactics and plan B.

  14. still scratching my head over this one got a point out of it but for the life of me pardews sub tactics are left to be desired, bet ben arfa is one step away from throwing a toy out of the pram if he doesn’t get game time

  15. Stoke only 3 points behind us now. I think if we scored early on it probably would have been 2 or 3-0. Gutted nonetheless.

  16. Phisix says:
    December 17, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    “How so?”

    Well I usually get lynched if I criticise the tactics of the Grey Gaffer, so I was sticking up for him instead now we’re not doing so well.

  17. nufc337 says:
    December 17, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    “still scratching my head over this one got a point out of it”

    Credit to Swansea nufc. Even though we dominated in the fiirst half, they were well organised at the back and held on very well. I suppose we did hit the post a few times and as I mentioned above, they have a very good Dutch goalkeeper too.

  18. yes, swansea’s keeper kept us out good display, has been a good find for them this season. tough games ahead i feel with bolton and west brom

  19. Recently I have enjoyd Shola but I really think that Benny deservd a run out instead! Very happy to see Vukic on though, really like the lad! Benny needs game time against the smaller teams if he is to find proper form… Santon was brilliant in comparison to Raylor, given Raylor had tougher opposition but happy regardless to see Santon doing well:-)

  20. Rob says:
    December 17, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    “Recently I have enjoyd Shola but I really think that Benny deservd a run out instead!”

    Rob, Pardew did used to keep Tevez and Mascherano on the bench for Marlon Harewood and Hayden Mullins when he was at West Ham.

  21. Just read it was Cabaye’s 5th yellow and suspension. Went and checked and can only count 4 including todays. Any light on this?

    Also is there any chance an option could be made to sign in when submitting a comment without losing it?

  22. maze202 says:
    December 17, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    “Just read it was Cabaye’s 5th yellow and suspension. Went and checked and can only count 4 including todays. Any light on this?”

    maze, Didn’t he have 3 up to the last game, then got a fourth one in that, and now a fifth one in the game today?

  23. Aha it says on the premier league site he didnt get one against Norwich. 5 then. Suspended along with gosling. Guthrie & marveaux injured. Sad times.

  24. Shite that like.
    2 points out of 15……Told everyone the wheels on pardew’s wagon would be off by xmas.

  25. maze202 says:
    December 17, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    “Aha it says on the premier league site he didnt get one against Norwich. 5 then. Suspended along with gosling. Guthrie & marveaux injured. Sad times.”

    Aye, you’re right maze, I thought when I was watching the Norwich game that he got a yellow card at one stage because of something the commentator said about being suspended, but he didn’t. Even though I know that now, I still keep thinking he did sometimes. Alas, a life of sin has made me prematurely senile. Of course, I also wrote this morning that Danny Graham was NORWICH City’s leading goalscorer in my match preview, and you quite rightly corrected me. I’ll probabky be pissing myself soon. :-(

    Anyway, it was three in the Premiership, one in the League Cup and now one in this one.

  26. sirjasontoon says:
    December 17, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    “Shite that like.
    2 points out of 15……Told everyone the wheels on pardew’s wagon would be off by xmas.”

    SJT, if it continues are you gannin’ to keep typing “I notice all these Pardew fans have all gone quiet now!” ? :-)

  27. I am no pundit Worky but anyone that thinks we will do anything under this regime is having a fooking laugh.

    All it is is a self sustaining shop window for the greedy kernts upstairs to parade the cheap foreign imports that they continue to buy and display them in the shop window at the Sports Direct Arena.

  28. maze202 says:
    December 17, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    “Is it sinister that I was very happy to see Wigan equalize against Chelsea?”

    Why “sinister” maze, do you see Chelsea as our rivals?

    I missed the Moses incident in that one where Wigan allegedly had a penalty shout before they scored. I saw most of it though. Chelsea weren’t very good but Wigan didn’t look like a team in the relegation zone (again). I quite liked watching them really. I wasn’t concentarting that hard though because I don’t get time to watch football on this blog!

  29. Taiwo’s been playing for AC Milan on ESPN and he’s looking OK. AC Milan 2 – 0 Siena so far but Siena aren’t exactly threatening the Milan defence much.

    My scouting report on him is delaying my bit on the Swansea game. :-)

  30. Supermac says:
    December 17, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    “NUFC applogises for inevertantly raising your hopes this season – normal service has now been resumed”

    Supermac, Swansea do deserve some credit too. They didn’t get gannin’ in attack until fairly late in the game, but they were very tight and well disciplined at the back despite defending very deep for long sections of the game.

    Some Geordies have been living in a fools paradise for a while though.

  31. well we can at least take some positive we are 6th and above liverpool :…hopefully aston villa can get a result

  32. worky says – “Some Geordies have been living in a fools paradise for a while” true – I’ve said for a while 8th is about right, 7th a bonus, 6th iswhat we have earned but can’t keep it up all season.

    nufc337 says – “we can at least take some positive we are 6th and above liverpool” – agreed, its an achievement

    – then says “hopefully aston villa can get a result” – I don’t see it that way, Liverpool are higher than villa and will probably finish above us – villa are our real rivals for a 7th or 8th finish so I hope they get stuffed!

    It’s the realistic way of looking at a league, you hope all the teams above (or equal to) us beat all the teams below us. And it doesn’t matter if the teams above us beat us as long as they beat the rest as well. So the manure, city & chelski games didn’t realy matter – its the slip ups against Swansea & Norwich (nickers off ready when I come home) that are the bummers !

    btw whats the significance of 337?

  33. following the Garry Speed tribute, I remember that Liverpool’s first home game after the great Shankley died was against Swansea, also then newly promoted under ex-red John Toshack.
    When the teams lined up round the center circle for the minute’s silence, at the last moment Toshack removed his track suit top to reveal his old Liverpool shirt! – what a moment! an amazing football memory.

  34. nufc337 says:
    December 18, 2011 at 1:03 am

    “337 on the calculator upside down is lee which is my name…silly i know”

    I remember my first time way back in the dark days when I was a bairn and pocket calculators were rare objects of wonder. Of course it was the classic “58008” (BOOBS).

  35. lads, when the electric is off for 4 days you realy appreciate the wonders of any technology! and curse not having batteries for the trannie to listen to sports report!